The Ballad Of Orbital Hubris by Joe Haldeman
They put a colony in space, just to save the human race
And they put it in an orbit high and round '[high and round]
But the lord's almighty hand said, "This colony won't stand!"
And He chuckled as He shoved it to the ground.
And it was sad, Lord, sad. It was sad.
It was sad when that colony came down. [In Peoria...]
Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives.
It was sad when that colony came down.
A professor named O'Neill offered us a crazy deal.
For just two-hundred-billion he could place... [he could place]
An Eden made of rock in a perfect Trojan lock
Guaranteed to keep from drifting into space.
He had drawn up careful plans to spend 200 million grand
To build a spinning donut full of men [full of men]
But someone forgot to say, "Those engineers have got to pray!"
"Or else Jehovah's gonna want to do 'em in."
Now the Bible says your god is a jealous sort of sod
With a careful sense of His prerogatives. [prerogatives]
You put a colony in space without even sayin' grace
And you really hit Jehovah where he lives.
But they took a million tons of lunar dust and Terra's sons
And put them in an orbit of Lagrange. [Of Lagrange]
(But) said the Lord, "This space is zoned just for vacuum, light, and
"They're gonna wish that they had stayed home on the range."
So with a cosmic kind of love, God gave that colony a shove
Into an orbit tailored to decay. [to decay]
Sixteen times it spun around, and then it crashed into the ground.
I'm glad I missed Peoria that day!