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S2 E5 | FULL EPISODE

Sun Ra Arkestra at SummerStage in Central Park

Travel the spaceways with the iconic Afrofuturist ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra for this special live performance from SummerStage in Central Park. Led by Marshall Allen, the group performs a number of classics, new and old, from their eclectic repertoire.

AIRED: December 31, 2021 | 1:26:46
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Man: Somewhere out on the other side of nowhere,

there's another place in space

beyond what you know as time,

where the gods of mythology dwell --

gods that are not real to you.

Gods who have created the illusion that they do not exist

to the people of planet Earth.

These gods dwell in their mythocracies,

opposed to your theocracies,

democracies, and monocracies.

They dwell in their mythocracies,

a magic world

that makes things to be.

These Gods can even offer you immortality.

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Calling planet Earth!

Calling planet Earth!

Calling planet Earth!

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Come in, planet Earth!

Come in, planet Earth!

Come in, planet Earth!

Earth! Earth!

Earth! Earth!

Earth!

Planet Earth!

Calling planet Earth!

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Planet Earth!

Planet Earth!

Planet Earth!

Come in, planet Earth!

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People of planet Earth!

On the Spaceship Earth!

On the Spaceship Earth.

Destination unknown.

Destination unknown!

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♪ The sun

♪ Is in

♪ The heavens

♪ The heavens

♪ Such a bright light

♪ Of tomorrow

♪ Tomorrow

♪ It's the source

♪ Of all our power

♪ Power

♪ That wakes us up

♪ To the creator

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♪ And light up

♪ The heavens

♪ Will he light

♪ Our way

♪ To see

♪ The sunset

♪ In all

♪ Of its beauty

♪ Beauty

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♪ Just at twili-i-i-i-i-ght ♪

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♪ You know

♪ The light of the heavens

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♪ Lights a way

♪ To see

♪ Oh, the sunset

♪ In all

♪ Of its beauty

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♪ Just at twili-i-i-i-i-ght ♪

♪ You know the sun

♪ Is ever here

♪ Ever

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♪ Them folks been walking

♪ Walking, walking on the moon ♪

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♪ Them folks been walking

♪ Walking, walking on the moon ♪

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♪ If you wake up now

Man: ♪ Wake up now

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ If you wake up now

♪ If you wake up now

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ 'Cause them folks been walking ♪ ♪ Walking

♪ Walking, walking on the moon ♪

♪ Walking on the moon

♪ Them folks been walking

♪ Walking, walking on the moon ♪

♪ On the moon

♪ Oh, if you wake up now

♪ If you wake up now

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ Oh, if you wake up now

♪ If you wake up now

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ Won't be too soon

♪ If you wake up now

♪ If you wake up now

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ If you wake up now

♪ It won't be too soon

♪ Them folks been walking

♪ Walking, walking on the moon ♪

♪ Them folks been walking

♪ Walking, walking on the moon ♪

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♪ 'Cause if you wake up now ♪

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♪ It gonna be too soon

♪ 'Cause if you wake up now ♪

♪ If you wake up now

♪ It gonna be too soon

♪ Gonna be too soon

♪ Come on and wake up now ♪

♪ It gonna be too soon

♪ Come on and wake up now ♪

♪ It gonna be too soon

Wake up!

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Wake up!

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♪ It gonna be too soon

♪ If you wake up now

♪ It gonna be too soon

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♪ Walking on the

♪ Walking on the, walking on the, walking on the ♪

♪ Moo-o-o-o-on

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♪ Come take a ride

♪ Across the sky

♪ We'll take you places that you've never been before ♪

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♪ A cosmic ride

♪ Across the sky

♪ We'll take you places that you've never been before ♪

♪ Come take a ride

♪ Across the sky

♪ We'll take you places that you've never been before ♪

♪ A cosmic ride

♪ Across the sky

♪ We'll take you places that you've never been before ♪

♪ Before

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♪ La, la-la, la, la, la-la, la ♪

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Those of the reality have lost their way.

Now they must listen to what myth has to say.

Those of the reality have been bruised and beaten

by the truths.

Those of the reality have been slaves of a bad truth.

So there's nothing left now but the myth.

The myth is neither bad nor good.

Its potentials are unlimited.

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♪ Ooh

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♪ Ooh

Angels, demons, play!

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♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh

Demons, angels, sing!

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A rare refrain...

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♪ Ooh

...of cosmic play.

♪ Ooh

Rhythms are the things they only know.

♪ Ooh

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Angels, demons.

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Our brothers, all.

♪ Ooh

♪ Angels

♪ Demons

♪ Angels

♪ Ooh

♪ Demons

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh

Now you can hear them play

in secret delight!

♪ Ooh

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh

♪ Ooh-ooh

♪ Ooh

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♪ Angels

♪ Demons

♪ Play

♪ Demons

♪ Angels

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♪ A rare refrain

♪ Of cosmic play

♪ Rhythms are the things they only know ♪

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♪ Angels

♪ Demons

♪ Our brothers

♪ All

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♪ Sometimes up

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♪ Sometimes it's down

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♪ Sometimes it's level and level ♪

♪ It's level as level, it's level to the ground ♪

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♪ But when you're talking about love ♪

♪ Sometimes

♪ That's just how it goes ♪

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♪ Sometimes it's good

♪ And sometimes it's bad

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♪ Sometimes it's happy, it's happy, it's happy ♪

♪ It's happy, and happy

♪ Sometimes it's sad

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♪ But when you're talking about love ♪

♪ Sometimes

♪ That's just how it goes ♪

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♪ But when it's all wrong

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♪ It's all right

♪ When it's all wrong

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♪ It's all right

♪ When it's all wrong

♪ It's all right

♪ When it's all wrong

♪ It's all right

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♪ 'Cause when you're talking about love ♪

♪ Sometimes

♪ That's just how it goes ♪

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♪ Oh

♪ Fate is kind

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♪ And she gives to those who love ♪

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♪ The fulfillment of your deepest longing ♪

♪ Longing

♪ If your heart is in your dream ♪

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♪ No request

♪ Is too extreme

♪ When you wish

♪ Upon a star

♪ All your dreams

♪ Come true

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...and wait for you.

♪ And wait for you

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♪ If we came from nowhere here

♪ Why can't we go somewhere there? ♪

There?

♪ If we came from nowhere here

♪ Why can't we go somewhere there? ♪

♪ Somewhere there

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♪ Out beyond

Some far-off place.

Many light years in space.

We'll wait for you!

♪ We'll wait for you

Where human feet have never trod...

...and human eyes have never seen.

♪ Human eyes have never seen ♪

We'll build a better kind of world!

♪ Better kind of world

An abstract dream!

♪ Abstract dream

Abstract dream!

Of abstract dreams!

Abstract dreams.

And wait for you! Wait for you.

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♪ Centuries

♪ Dreaming

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♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

Both: ♪ Yeah

♪ Space is the place

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...many light years in space.

We'll wait for you.

We'll wait for you!

♪ Wait for you

Where human feet have never trod!

♪ Wait for you

We'll wait for you!

♪ We'll wait for you

We'll wait for you!

♪ We'll wait for you

We'll wait for you!

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♪ We'll travel the space way

♪ From planet to planet

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♪ We'll travel to space way

♪ We'll travel to space way

♪ From planet to planet

♪ From planet to planet

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♪ We'll travel to space way

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♪ From planet to planet

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I would like say...

hit that jive, Jack.

Put it in your pocket till I get back.

Going to outer space as fast as I can.

I ain't got time to shake your hand.

Ho!

Hit that jive, Jack.

Put it in your pocket till I get back.

Going to outer space as fast as I can.

I ain't got time to shake your hand.

Ho!

♪ We travel the space ways

♪ We travel the space ways

♪ From planet to planet

♪ From planet to planet

♪ We travel the space ways

♪ We travel the space ways

♪ From planet to planet

♪ From planet to planet

♪ If we came from nowhere here ♪

♪ Why can't we go somewhere...? ♪

Somewhere there!

Somewhere there!

♪ If we came from nowhere here ♪

♪ Why can't we go somewhere...? ♪

Somewhere there!

Or over there!

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

Both: ♪ Space is the place

♪ Yeah, space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

♪ Space is the place

Both: ♪ Yeah, space is the place

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Destination unknown!

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