Songs of Science #2: The Shins

5 Oct

Believe it or not, there are some really good science-themed songs out there – you’ve just got to dig a bit. I posted one of them in July, and here’s another: “A Comet Appears” by The Shins.

The Shins are perhaps most famous for their not-so-subtle plug in the 2004 film Garden State, when Sam (Natalie Portman) passes Andrew (Zach Braff) a pair of headphones, enthusing that the band will change his life.

When not being advertised by Hollywood stars, The Shins can be found peddling their lovely brand of indie pop. In this beautiful track, the Earth is imagined as a comet flying through space, with the song’s narrator trying to hold on:

“One hand on this wily comet / Take a drink just to give me some weight / Some uber-man I’d make / I’m barely a vapour.”

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