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Interplanet Janet

"Interplanet Janet" is a song sung by children on Earth as a way of learning the names of planets in their solar system. It was written in 1973 by Lynn Ahrens.

The song commemorates the travels of an alien explorer who explores the solar system, briefly stopping at Earth before being scared away by the odd creatures who live there (humans).

While the song is cute and silly, it is believed to have been inspired by a real event, perhaps a Shooting Star or a Star Dragon passing through the area.

This song also seems to be a part of an ongoing controversy on Earth related to how many planets actually exist in their solar system and a failure to agree upon the definition of the term "planet."

Some of the Spaceport Crew believe that the song was inspired by the story of Gashan Zimah, an ancient female space explorer who came to Earth during the Sumerian age, however this is unlikely as Gashan was almost completely unknown in the 1970s when the song was composed.

The chorus:

Interplanet Janet, she's a galaxy girl,
A solar system Ms. from a future world,
She travels like a rocket with her comet team
And there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen,
No, there's never been a planet Janet hasn't seen.

Planets mentioned in the song:

  1. Mercury - hot
  2. Venus - cloudy
  3. Earth - green and inviting, weird creatures
  4. Mars - red
  5. Jupiter - big
  6. Saturn - has rings
  7. Uranus - has a funny tilt
  8. Neptune - twin to Uranus
  9. Pluto - little

Notes for those visiting Earth:

While some of the humans have advanced their knowledge of their planetary neighbors, be aware that these very basic "facts" may be all that the humans you encounter know. Please refrain from contradicting this knowledge, mentioning additional planets, or unsettling the humans in any other ways. Remember that the interdiction still applies despite the limited access that the natives have granted.

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Date of First Recording
November 18, 1978

Cover image: by Deleyna via Midjourney


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