Dragonfly – Lyrics

Greetings ladies and gentlemen of Earth and all native intelligences of the forty planets with contestants entered in the annual Grande Trex, the only inter-universe race. This year’s event promises excitement to surpass all previous races. As many of you fans know already the route or track of the race has been increased by five thousand million kilometres, thus allowing the Grande Trex to include the B-Arc 15 system!

Dragonfly, dragonfly
Satellite; strike and fight
Laser light shot tonight
Target nullified
Gyro subdivide
Latitude; longitude
Satellite; solid substitute
Dragonfly; are revise

What’s a drag race?
Can’t you see those dragons speeding up the street?
But I learned they weren’t real;
Figments of the ancient sphere
Rapid scan; radiance
For the chance to win the Grande
Manoeuvres; pre-program windage
Won’t operate, negative;
Bearing swell
Dragons fly, they symbolise in myth and saga breathing fire
Look up, there’s one flying higher;
Faster than the SSC
Is science hiding witchery?

Grande Trex fans throughout the universe are well informed on the risks the pilots take in entering this race. Re-entry into some of the alien atmospheres is tricky business which can cause a craft to implode; explode; melt; lose atomic structure and so forth, adding to the interstellar terrain that on its own is a terrific danger to the ships en route. The craft are scheduled to launch at oh-seven-five-one-hundred Greenwich Mean Time and assembled on one our very own stars, Neutron Einstar EV9. And the excitement is at a fever pitch as the countdown approaches zero!

Dragonfly, rations glide
In free fall slide
Systems nullified
Satellite; dragonfly
Surface launch; radio silence
Hover high; level off

The time space tactics saved us then
Display report present; urgent
Sequence counting; surface launch
Dragonfly destroying all!
Science claiming newest findings
Chanting, calling flying dragons
Aboard all systems optimum
Nova scheduled war continued
Half the continental shelf burned by interval;

We have retained as an added feature for daring thrills and excitement in this race—a feature which I’m sure you’re going to like—a computer override lasting three and half and hours or two gens in which pilots and copilots manually control free fall; latitude; longitude; protract gravity; revise dimensional equations, run program checks, submerge in the wild oceans of Jonrin 22, and photograph as much territory and terrain as they can in addition to the requisite three thousand automatic shots. The postulate for mischance runs high, but not as high as the tension and competitive spirit right here and all over the galaxy!

Dragonfly, dragonfly
Beacons aim; space game
(Countdown is negative two hundred and I am turning you over to the control room and command central for the launch.)
Satellite; computerised
(Good luck to all the entrants and especially to our own ship, the Dragonfly!)
Hypersonic glide
(Beacons, lasers, quasars mounted on deck; rapid survey reactor; failsafe radians)

Win the race
Calibrate re-entry place
(Extra points awarded for city salvage delivered at the finish line, preferably retaining molecular identity.)
Multi failsafe

Written by
Deborah Harry / Chris Stein

Clem Burke – Drums
Jimmy Destri – Keyboards
Nigel Harrison – Bass
 Harry – Vocals
Frank Infante – Guitar
Chris Stein – Guitar

Additional musicians
Sammy Figueroa – Percussion
Manual Badrena – Percussion
Roger Squitero – Percussion

Mike Chapman – Production
Doug Schwartz – Engineering
Merwin Belin – Group Production Liaison
Markie Iannello – Technician
Kevin Flaherty – Production (2001 reissue)

Recorded At
The Hit Factory (New York City)

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From the album The Hunter
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