Prometheus, they say, brought God's fire down to man.
And we've caught it, tamed it, trained it since our
Now we're going back to heaven just to look him in the
and there's a thunder 'cross the land, and a fire in
Gagarin was the first, back in nineteen sixty-one,
When like Icarus, undaunted, he climbed to reach the
And he knew he might not make it, for it's never hard
But he lifted off the pad and rode a fire in the sky.
Yet a higher goal was calling, and we vowed we'd reach
And we gave ourselves a decade to put fire on the moon.
And Apollo told the world, we can do it if we try:
And there was one small step, and a fire in the sky.
I dreamed last night of a little boy's first
Turned into me, watching a black and white TV.
There was a fire in the sky, I'll remember until I die.
A fire in the sky...a fire in the sky!
Then two decades from Gagarin, twenty years to the day.
Came a shuttle named Columbia, to open up the way.
And they said she's just a truck, but she's a truck
that's aiming high.
See her big jets burning, see her fire in the sky.
Yet the Gods do not give lightly of the powers they
And with Challenger and seven, once again the price is
Though a nation watched her falling, yet a world could
As they passed from us to glory, riding fire in the
Now, the rest is up to us, and there's a future to be
We must turn our faces outward, we will do what must be
For no cradle lasts forever, every bird must learn to
And we're going to the stars, see our fire in the sky.
Yes, we're going to the stars, see our fire in the sky!
There's a fire in the sky, I'll remember until I die.
A fire in the sky, a fire in the sky!