This song comes from the amazing story of Shinji Suzuki, a professor at Tokyo University’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and his attempt to launch a paper plane in space and bring it back down to earth.. and what would happen if other nations followed suit.
In Japan Mister Suzuki
Had a plan just a little bit kooky
Paper planes from sugar cane
Prototypes for the gravy train
Re-entering the atmosphere
They'll be landing nobody knows where
Tiny paper planes are flying
A million dollars just for trying...
When other nations are so bold
A million newspapers are sold
And the story still unfolds...
Ooh - how very entertaining
Aah - it's raining paper planes..
To boldly go where noone's been A4
Knock knock knocking on heaven's door
Wash up on an astral shore
Or trampled on a dusty floor
Pasta ships and boomerangs
Fish and chips and French meringues
Paper-weights paper plates
And bric-a-brac from outer space
Craft of every shape and size
And flavour fill the skies
Foolscap's stratospheric cost
Earth is paper and is lost...
from Rise and Shine: Breakfast with Inspiration,
track released March 20, 2009
Written and performed by Mike Turtle and Dean Whitbread, carefully folded by the Rise and Shine audience, with elaborate origami puns by Chris Vallance.