Texas teen added a 'Hamilton'-esque rap to Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me to the Moon'
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David Sikabwe, a student at the University of Texas who performs under the name Going Spaceward, put a modern twist on the Frank Sinatra classic "Fly Me to the Moon" and it's both nerdy and romantic.

Sikabwe added a rap verse to the swinging ditty first popularized by Ol' Blue Eyes in 1964 and, while at first it sounds like an awkward idea, it fits great. A big reason is Sikabwe's smooth cadence that's reminiscent of the rapping in "Hamilton."


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Sikabwe's lyrics combine a deep knowledge of science with some romantic woo-ing that would have made Sinatra proud.

LYRICS:

They say that every day, the universe expands

and we discover certain things that we don't understand.

Dark matter ain't the only mystery at hand

I'm wondrin' how I got a girl like you to say that I'm her man

It's a statistical anomaly, but girl, you've got me

Gravity is pulling me to your heavenly body

No astronomical phenomenon could ever stop me

You've got a smile that every star in the galaxy copied

The constellations couldn't make as beautiful a pattern

The conversations—every night, I ring you up like Saturn

The telescopes tell us folks that you're the coolest view

A supernova's scootin' over to make room for you

'cause you eclipse every wonder of the cosmos

It's almost unfair to them, but you're the one I want most

It's a miracle that Galileo never found you

If he did, he'd say the universe revolved around you

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