Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Punk Rock Environmentalism

Lyrics by Bad Religion. In case someone is unfamiliar with them, their singer has a Ph. D from Cornell in cultural studies. And the bands lyrics are gernally considered some of the smartest in all of music...period!

The song is called "Kyoto Now." Some very deep and well thought out verse.

It's a matter of prescience

No, not the science fiction kind

It's all about ignorance, and greed, and miracles for the blind

the media parading, disjointed politics

founded on petrochemical plunder

and we're its hostages

If you stand to reason you're in the game

the rules might be elusive but our pieces are the same

and you know if one goes down we all go down as well

the balance is precarious as anyone can tell

this world's going to hell

Don't allow this mythologic hopeful monster to exact its price

Kyoto now!

We can't do nothing and think someone else will make it right

You might not think it matters now

But what if you are wrong

You might not think there's any wisdom

in a fucked up punk rock song

But the way it is cannot persist for long

a brutal sun is rising on a sick horizon

It's in the way we live our lives

exactly like the double-edge of a cold familiar knife

and supremacy weighs heavy on the day

it's never really what you own but what you threw away

and how much did you pay?

In your dreams You saw a steady state a bounty for eternity

Silent screams but now the wisdom

that sustains us is in full retreat

Don't allow this mythologic hopeful monster

isn't worth the risk Kyoto now!

We can't have vision for the future if it can't be fixed

We need a fresh and new religion to run our lives

Hand in hand the arid torpor of inaction will be our demise

Oh, Kyoto now!
Do I really need to say anything else after this?
Think for yourself, and think of the result of your actions.

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