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The Goddess Ourania (‘Heavenly One’, ‘Mistress of Secrets’) was one of the nine Mousai, the Goddesses of music, song and dance. She also came to be regarded as the Muse of astronomy, astronomical writings, and tracker of the movements of all the stars. But most interesting to me and most pertinent to the message of the song was that according to Greek legend Ourania presided over the powers of imagination and higher thought in humankind. Gotta have it…a heartfelt hymn to blind (but not exactly clueless) optimism.

Lyrics

Ourania Shines

open my eyes
there's a world of hurt crying out for love
it's no surprise
storm is coming fast, we got to rise above
caught in between our angels and our devils
with no room to move
now here she comes, she's the Heavenly One
Goddess of the Moon
and from a place way down inside your mind
she whispers a Mystery for all humankind...

it's a wonderful world
it's a beautiful day
the promises come
and the fear goes away
our rhyme and our reason come back home to stay
when Ourania shines
imagine you are all you were meant to be
that in time you'll see your possibility
it will be a better world, eventually
when Ourania shines
when Ourania shines
let it shine down on me
when Ourania shines

turning to stone
living out lives of desparation
the seeds have been sown
that become the fruits of our annhilation
but if we hold on
and embrace the queen of all imagination
then She will come, the Heavenly One
Queen of the Stars
and with the sparks flying right out of her head
Ourania shows us how perfect we are...

it's a wonderful world
it's a beautiful day
the promises come
and the fear goes away
our lost rhyme and reason come back home to stay
when Ourania shines
imagine you are who you were meant to be
that in time you'll see all possibility
it will be a better world, at last we'll see
when Ourania shines
when Ourania shines

with a voice way down inside our mind
she sings of sweet fortune smiling on all mankind...

music & lyrics by George Wallace ©2008 Celestial Songs (ASCAP)