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So Long, Douglas Adams

In Memoriam Douglas Adams, 1951-2001, author of the "Hitchhiker's Guide" series

Words and portions of music copyright 2001 by Blake Hodgetts
Music of chorus based on "Journey of the Sorcerer"
(also known as the "Hitchhiker's Guide" radio and TV program theme)
by Bernie Leadon of the Eagles

We'd never thought it would happen so soon,
    This unlikely day would arrive,
And I guess you must have gotten too close,
    To the improbability drive.
Ne’er to Quentulus Quazgar you’ll roam
    To read those pyrographs,
But we'll send you this message from home:
    So long, and thanks for all the laughs.

Every time I catch a dolphin's grin,
Every time I watch a vortex spin,
Every time I start to turn into a penguin,
    I will remember you

We were Arthur Dent – though completely at sea,
    Trying really quite hard not to drown,
And in large, friendly letters, it was clear
    One must never let life get you down.
So we'll have jynnan tonnix all round,
    And while everyone quaffs,
We'll mix one gargleblaster to go:
    So long, and thanks for all the laughs.

Every time a door hums open for me,
Every time I have a hot cup of tea,
Every time I hear pretentious poetry,
    I will remember you

As for life and the universe
    We owe ample credit to you,
For the answer's not just dust in the wind:
    We all know it's just forty-two.
So we'll watch out for Vogons at hand,
    and drain our carafes.
Nothing works the way that we planned...
    So long, and thanks for all the laughs.

Every time I hear "he's just this guy, you know?"
Every time I dream that I can fly,
Every time I see a whale fall from the sky,
    I will remember you

Without Marvin, Zaphod, or Ford
    As dreary as Frogstar we'd be,
And Slartibartfast loved a fjord,
    And we learned to appreciate tea,
And a cool frood will keep hold of his towel,
    And mattresses leap like giraffes,
So till we meet at Milliways, Doug –
    So long, and thanks for all the laughs.