The Legend of Laika

from by Andrew Browne

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    "Twisted Roots" CD by Andrew Browne
    Comes in gorgeous cover designed by Gudrun Reiss, with booklet: credits, lyrics (so you can sing along.. . ) song notes and photos.
    Catalogue # AWB123 released November 2016

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On Nov 3 1957 (Nov 3) the USSR sent a Moscow street dog, Laika, into space to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Laika died within hours of the launch from overheating. Soviet scientists eventually expressed regret for their actions and in 2008, Russian officials unveiled a monument to Laika.

The song is written from the perspective of 'Mushka' - the 'control dog' who didn't get chosen to fly - looking into the sky wondering if class-mate Laika will pass overhead.


The Legend of Laika - as told by “control dog” Mushka

up there where you are, it's so quiet
up there where you are, you can see for miles
I imagine you in every satellite
passing overhead tonight

we called you Laika, or 'Barker',
'Kudryavka' - 'Little Curly'
the best street dog from Moscow in our class
what of us others, we passed with flying colours?
we all knew you'd be the first dog they asked
we didn't know you'd be the first dog, and the last

we built a rocket-ship “Sputnik”
NASA nicknamed “Muttnik”
kissed your nose, howled, licked your face
Khruschev's grim solution, to celebrate a revolution
you were the first dog in what became a two horse race
we shot the best street dog from Moscow into space

Is that you? Is that you?
Is that you? Passing overhead tonight


from Twisted Roots, released November 16, 2016
Legend of Laika

Nylon String Guitar - Cam Kinsey
Double Bass - Brett Hirst
Vibes - Jess Ciampa
Cello - Anna Martin Scrase
Vocals - Andrew Browne



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Andrew Browne Redfern, Australia

Andrew is a songwriter and carpenter from Redfern in inner Sydney and Yarramalong, 100 km north. Andrew has worked in many roles including film caterer, serial house-renovater, actor, singer, tradie, jazz tour-manager, AV technician and cook.
Every Sat he plays at LifeBoat Café at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River. He also plays in bars and cafes in inner Sydney.
Twisted Roots is his 2nd album.
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