Carmel Conway on a Declan O’Rourke song “Galileo”

Who knows if at this very moment, someone in the other side of the globe is contemplating:

Who puts the rainbow in the sky?
Who lights the stars at night?
Who dreamt up someone so divine?
Someone like you and made them mine?

This guy or girl is not Galileo of his time but rather someone who is probably trying to deal with something as exquisite as love. But no , I am not writing for the happy ones. I am writing about you. The lonely one. The one looking for missed soul mates.The one who’s feelings of longing has never been requited but is left to deal with them alone. Come on admit it. Do you sit on a coach looking at old love letters? Do you watch the rain as it falls like tracks of your tears? Do you hug yourself and watch at the stars wondering if there is a greater infinity than a sense of loss of not being united to that someone who gives you the reason to breath.  And the only comfort out of that beautiful pain is a piece of music; a song that can make you endure through the day…like this beautiful Declan O’Rourke song interpreted by the talented Irish singer Carmel Conway.

As a child I had been fascinated by scientists. I remember the name Galileo Galilei stuck in my head in fifth grade. He proved to the world that genius is without its price. That anyone with such mind has to bear the burden of being unhappy.

Declan O’Rourke composed this song which is included in his album Since Kyabram (2004) . Other artists have covered this wonderful track including Scottish singer Eddie Reader. Here is an interesting info I picked up:

O’Rourke attracted praise from Paul Weller for his song Galileo (Someone Like You) which he cited in an interview with Q Magazine as the song he most wished he’d written from the past twenty years; he later included O’Rourke’s recording of the song on an album of his favourite songs included with a special edition of the magazine dedicated to him. Weller invited O’Rourke to perform at the 100 Club in London. And, on his recent mini-residency at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Weller invited O’Rourke on stage as a special guest to perform a duet of Galileo. Other notable fans of O’Rourke are Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood[citation needed], Chris Rea, and Paul Brady who describes O’Rourke as a “most talented singer-songwriter… [possessing] a rich, soulful, musical voice and a brilliant instrumental ability[citation needed]. Eddi Reader once said that he was “one of the finest songwriters on the planet“.

I am featuring a cover by Carmel Conway because I lover her voice and the arrangement. I am sure  you my readers out there have your own likes as well. But this one speaks to me as of this moment because of its dreamy pace and how her voice, rises and falls like  gentle ocean waves. I am also including the original version underneath and it is up to you my readers to decide which one you like the most. So hush now and let us sing together. Pretend…yes pretend for a moment you are not alone.

Galileo fell in love as a Galilean boy,
And he wondered what in heaven who invented such a joy.
But the question got the better of his scientific mind,
And to his blind and dying gaze,
He looked up high and often sighed,
And sometimes cried,

Who puts the rainbow in the sky?
Who lights the stars at night?
Who dreamt up someone so divine?
Someone like you and made them mine?

Love can make you ask some funny questions now and then.
But just remember the alternatives for I remember when
I was lonely and unhappy,
And my lips were cold as ice.
But you kissed me, and good heavens,
Now I’m here in paradise,
So if ever I’m not kissing you or looking in your eyes.
I won’t be blind, and I won’t cry.
I’ll look up high and gladly sigh,
And thank the guy,

Who puts the rainbow in the sky?
Who lights the stars at night?
Who dreamt up someone so divine?
Someone like you and made them mine?
Someone like you and made them mine?

More info about the singer here:

and about the composer:


One thought on “Carmel Conway on a Declan O’Rourke song “Galileo”

  1. Such a lovely song done well, very well in that first video. It kind of reminds be of the 60s pop music and the melody is quite memorable!

    The second video is SO different – and yet it’s the same song. Funny how interpretation can really make that big a difference!


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