The Original Star Trek Theme Had Lyrics


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The immediate source for this post is Snopes, but I've snooped around some other sources. As a result, I'm reasonably sure that this story is true.

Alexander Courage wrote the orchestral theme to Star Trek (above video). Under the provisions of his contract, he was owed royalties every time that theme was run or re-run.

Gene Roddenberry, creator of the show, exercised an option to write the lyrics for that song, even though he had no intention of recording or performing them. This action cut Courage's payment in half -- which was Roddenberry's intention.

So, without further ado, here are the lyrics:

Beyond
The rim of the star-light
My love
Is wand'ring in star-flight
I know
He'll find in star-clustered reaches
Love,
Strange love a star woman teaches.
I know
His journey ends never
His star trek
Will go on forever.
But tell him
While he wanders his starry sea
Remember, remember me


Link via blastr

Previously on Neatorama:
Star Trek: TNG Opening Theme Now Has Lyrics

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Herbert Solow and Robert Justman's book Inside Star Trek details this, too. So, yeah, it happened. Gene Roddenberry had his good points, but he was a money-grubber.
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