Kesha's new album, Rainbow, has arrived at fans' feet on Friday, bearing powerful and wonderfully good things to listen to. While the whole album is a treat, the final song, "Spaceship," includes a monologue that makes the entire song feel like a poetic farewell. While it appears that the monologue is an original, written for the album itself, it bears resemblance to another famous monologue about the cosmos and our place in it that only deepens the beauty of "Spaceship."
At the end of "Spaceship" — a song wherein Kesha informs fans that she's bound for bigger and better things, that she's safe with those who love her and understand her — she delivers what appears to be an original monologue:
"As I leave this earth and sail into the infinite cosmic universe, the wars, the triumphs, the beauty, and the bloodshed, the ocean of human endeavor, it all grows quiet. Insignificant. I am nothing more than recycled stardust and borrowed energy, born from a rock spinning in the ether. I watch my life backwards and forwards and I feel free. Nothing is real. Love is everything. And I know nothing."
It's the final gift she gives her listeners: even when this life ends, there's something good waiting for us. Kesha attempts to give listeners the same kind of perspective and catharsis she's found on earlier tracks in the record; she wants them to feel free to be who they are in all their cosmic greatness, just as she is now.
That kind of cosmic perspective echoes another famous meditation on the meaning of life by the renowned cosmologist and astronomer Carl Sagan. In his famous documentary, Cosmos, he gives viewers food for thought on the connection between their place in the universe and how they should spend their time on this planet as a way of giving some perspective. Unofficially titled "Pale Blue Dot," the monologue below echoes some of the same ideas as Kesha's and could serve as a predecessor to her "Spaceship" monologue, even if there's no tangible evidence the singer actually drew inspiration from Sagan's words.
In the clip, Sagan gives people something big to ponder:
"Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you've ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives [here] ... Every hunter and forager; every hero and coward; every creator and destroyer of civilization; every king and peasant; every young couple in love; every mother and father and hopeful child ... every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there, on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam."
All in all, "Spaceship" is a song rich with power and meaning. Kesha's final track on Rainbow is a beautiful goodbye, and the monologue she delivers is an even better parting gift because it seeks to make fans look inward and re-discover who they really are as they search for meaning in this life.