Astronomy is the Disc 1 eighth song from 1998's album Garage, Inc. It was written by Joe Bouchard, Albert Bouchard and Sandy Pearlman, with a length of 6:37.
The song was originally released by Blue Öyster Cult in 1974 on the Secret Treaties album. The Metallica version was recorded in Sep-Oct 1998 at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA. The band never played this song live. It doesn't appear in any single released.
The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst Out at you from their hiding place Like acid and oil on a madman's face His reasons tend to fly away Like lesser birds on the four winds, yeah Like silver scrapes in may Now the sands become a crust And most of you have gone away, then you're gone away Ah, come susie dear, let's take a walk Just out there upon the beach I know you'll soon be married And you want to know where winds come from Well, it's never said at all On the map that carrie reads Behind the clock back there you know At the four winds bar, mm, yeah Yeah Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Four winds at the four winds bar Two doors locked and windows barred One door left to take you in The other one just mirrors it Hey! Hey! yeah! Hey! yeah! Hey! Ooh, in hellish glare and inference The other one's a duplicate The queenly flux, eternal light Or the light that never warms Yes, the light that never, never warms Yes, the light that never, never warms Never warms, never warms The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst Out at you from their hiding place Miss carrie nurse and susie dear Would find themselves at four winds bar It's the nexus of the crisis And the origin of storms Just the place to hopelessly Encounter time and then came me Yo! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Call me desdenova, eternal light These gravely digs of mine Will surely prove a sight And don't forget my dog, fixed and consequent Astronomy - a star Astronomy - a star Astronomy (astronomy) - a star, yeah Astronomy - a star