Six Feet of Printouts

by @jtsteam

Liner Notes

This is a song about a photograph:
[...]

Margaret Hamilton (https://tinyurl.com/358nr6sa) led the team that developed software for the Apollo programme, and coined the term "Software Engineering". She's one of the pioneers of computing, and, as she said, they had no choice *but* to be pioneers when nobody had done anything like it before.

She also, happily, has a name that you can sing in waltz time, and this part of the Apollo programme isn't celebrated enough in my opinion, so I wanted to write this bit of #ukulele based #folk about her and her team's achievements. #fuc

I'm not sure about the two Moons in the chorus though. Should I look for a rhyme? Is the repetition okay? At least they went there in July rather than June or the cliche klaxon would be going off now...

Lyrics

By six feet of printouts stood Margaret Hamilton
Showing that software could be engineered
Ready to fly to the Sea of Tranquility
Having no choice but to be pioneers

You told them your daughter could crash the computer,
They told you that astronauts never screw up
Well one day an astronaut crashed their computer,
You taught them that software would need to be good

By six feet of printouts stood Margaret Hamilton
Facing the software that flew to the Moon
Thank you from Neil and from Buzz and from Michael for
Flying us safely from Earth to the Moon

The sea of tranquility looming below them,
Software Emergency! Something's not right!
Margaret Hamilton comes to the rescue,
Solving the problem by counting to five

By six feet of printouts stood Margaret Hamilton
Facing the software that flew to the Moon
Thank you from Neil and from Buzz and from Michael for
Flying us safely from Earth to the Moon

Hopper and Lovelace and Margaret Hamilton,
Showed us that software could be engineered,
A medal of freedom for Margaret Hamilton,
Leading the team that would be pioneers

By six feet of printouts stood Margaret Hamilton
Facing the software that flew to the Moon
Thank you from Neil and from Buzz and from Michael for
Flying us safely from Earth to the Moon

Thank you from Neil and from Buzz and from Michael for
Flying us safely from Earth to the Moon



what a great subject, and this is charming and nicely done! (funny, if I heard the name "margaret hamilton' the first person I would have thought of was the actress who played with wicked witch in the wizard of oz!. The repeat of 'moon' is fine, actually, and those ethereal strings in the second half of the tune are a winner. nice work!

I like your arrangement, the ethereal quality toward the end is a great touch. This is a great subject and you've done a damn fine job of writing it. re: Two Moons - First, that's a great image and probably should be a song. Secondly, I would normally say it's a no go for me, I typically get that icky feeling when hearing the same word rhymed. But there are exceptions. Gravity Fails by the Bottle Rockets comes to mind and now this song. Because it works great for me. I wouldn't change it if it were up to me.

Beautiful fingerstyle playing and it is lovely to hear a nylon string guitar. What a wonderful tribute to a brilliant women who did amazing things - and just because they had never been done before did not stop her. I love the jaunty folky vibe. Yes - her name is perfect for 3/4 time, and I love how you sing her name. I also love writing a song to a picture prompt! Well done.

Great idea for a song and well executed. Pleasant folky flow in the melody. Margaret Hamilton should indeed be a household name like Neil and Buzz and Michael.

@nadine

Thank you for writing a song about women in IT and engineering. Most people don't know how deeply they were and are involved. Your song is an uplifting hymn and I like the idea of a waltz. It's catchy!

This enjoyed me so much! The topic is a great idea. I am also a big fan of waltz so to me this is a wonderful song you made here!

I love songs that I also learn from! It's catchy and very educational and made me smile!