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As Photons Fly
lyrics Copyright © 1998 by H. Paul Shuch, Ph.D.
Sung to the tune of As Time Goes By by Herman Hupfeld
piano accompanyment by Sam

You must remember this:
It isn't hard to miss
A signal from the sky,
For frequency is hard to guess
As photons fly.

And when we tune the band
You've got to understand
The search for ETI
Is nothing but a game of chance
As photons fly.

Microwave dishes cost an awful lot.
Infrared lasers may be all they've got.
Optical SETI works -- or maybe not,
But still we've got to try.

It's still the same old story,
RF'ers get the glory
And optics they won't try.
But Kingsley takes a different view
As photons fly.

(Spoken, in Humphrey Bogart voice:)

Here's looking for you, kid!

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