Title: Iowa (I Just Work In Outer Space) by Harold Feld
Tune: Iowa by Dar Williams
A man can't just reach out and touch the stars
But the nights of Iowa make me wish that I could
My family and friends, I'd hate to leave you
But if the chance came by, I would
Way back where I come from
It seems no one else is bothered
By the urge to know what lies behind
The nearest bend or turn
So they walk in their world of safe people
While at night I walk out on the hillsides and burn
Iowa, ohhhh Iowa, Iowa
How I long to explore strange new worlds
To boldly go where no man has ever gone before
But I fear that the price I have to pay
Is to leave you all forever when I go out to explore
I asked my brother 'bout it
On a hot day
The sun beat down on cornfields
And the dust clouds filled the air
Sam said: "Hearth and home are what you need Jim.
It's family that counts, not whatever lies out there."
Once I had everything, I gave it up.
No beach to walk on and no world that I can ever call my own
I have fed all to my ever hungry heart
I have become a Name that ever through the galaxy will roam
And I'd do it again.
But sometimes in the quite
Of a late watch
I think about my family and the friends I'll never see.
And I wish I was again the boy I was in Iowa
The hillsides, the night skies and me.