Space Camp

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Nylon jumpsuits caked with grime
Scenery so saccharine
Where rusting rockets go to die
At Space Camp, 1985

Shoot for the stars
A cloying tagline for the sad shrine out in Terra, Vermont
But it was everything one young girl could want
Broken telescopes and space simulations
Her cabin was adjacent to the fake NASA station
Her father made a living charting craters on mars
Her mother studied stories that were sketched in the stars
Cassiopeia, Libra, Gemini
She was named for the sphere shining high in the sky

Luna O’Connor had lobbied all winter
By April her parents retained no resistance
Existence is futile, declared old Polaris
In contrast her pain became microscopic
I can stop this
I can end all the fighting
It’s my fault, we can’t stand, our house is divided

The camp staff was calloused
The director lacked passion
The food tasted worse than an astronaut’s rations
But the girl didn’t mind
She didn’t once whine
She thought plexiglass helmets were bizarrely divine
There’s no signs, but that’s fine
The milky way won’t take sides
Luna marveled at the cosmos and listened to the tide
She laughed and cried at the same time
How can they ask me to decide
Between the man who scans the planets and the woman who gave me life


from Junior, released December 16, 2016



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Solo project of Orca Enthusiast/Musician Nate Noworyta.

Lyrically dense story-songs filled with detailed imagery and characters, rooted in indie rock and folk.

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