US Space Force releases new theme tune - and is ridiculed over ‘laughable’ lyrics

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General John Raymond, chief of space operations - Lamkey Rod/CNP/ABACA/ABACA
General John Raymond, chief of space operations - Lamkey Rod/CNP/ABACA/ABACA

The US Space Force has unveiled its official song but reviews have been less than stellar.

“Semper Supra” - meaning “Always Above” - was released by America’s newest military branch to promote esprits de corps among its Guardians, the name it gives to those serving in its ranks.

However, the song was widely mocked and sparked suggestions that it should quickly vanish into a musical black hole.

Its lyrics included “Boldly reaching into space, there’s no limit to our sky,” and “Standing guard both night and day, we’re the Space Force from on high.”

As one critic pointed out: “How can the new Space Force be ‘standing guard both night and day’ when there is no night or day in outer space?”

Kevin Baron, military executive editor of website Defense One, wrote: “Grammatically, I’m dying to edit: You’re not the ‘invisible’ front line. CIA is…”

He added: “‘Warfighter’ is NOT A WORD.”

The website Military.com concluded drily that the song was “not a banger”.

Other critics suggested it might have been better to use the “Star Wars” theme tune, or something more futuristic.

The Space Force was created in 2019 by Donald Trump and has an annual budget of $24.5 billion.

It has previously been mocked over the similarity of its logo to one in “Star Trek”, the decision to call recruits Guardians, and its uniforms.

The organisation has previously been mocked over its logo and uniform - Samuel Corum/ The New York Times
The organisation has previously been mocked over its logo and uniform - Samuel Corum/ The New York Times

After listening to the official song Raoul F Camus, professor emeritus of music at Queensborough Community College in New York, and a former military bandmaster, said: “I don’t want to use the word ‘laughable’ but come on...

“It’s really pushing patriotism to a degree that I wonder, do people believe that?”

The song took several years to produce and was played publicly for the first time at the annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference just outside Washington.

Lyrics and the melody were written by songwriter James Teachenor, a former member of the US Air Force Academy Band, who worked with Sean Nelson, chief musician of the US Coast Guard Band.

Mr Teachenor said: “It was quite a long work in progress for a while because I wanted to make sure that everything that was in the song would adequately represent all the capabilities that our Space Force is involved with, and make sure I didn’t mess up on the mission, or the vision of what the Space Force does.”

General John W Raymond, chief of space operations, said: “We wanted a song that spoke to our Guardians, that brought to life our motto ‘Semper Supra’.

“And it all comes together into something that I hope Guardians around the world will be proud of.”

General John W Raymond, chief of space operations, says he wanted a song that 'spoke to our Guardians' - Eric Dietrich/U.S. Air/ Zuma Press
General John W Raymond, chief of space operations, says he wanted a song that 'spoke to our Guardians' - Eric Dietrich/U.S. Air/ Zuma Press

He added: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a Space Force song that will be part of our culture and heritage for years to come.

“I will be proud to sing ‘Semper Supra’ alongside my fellow Guardians. I’m sure it will grow on us.”