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The systems that support life on Earth are being ravaged by powerful hierarchies of control and exploitation. The verses of this song describe three defining moments in the history of the attack upon the viability of our planet and our species.
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Acoustic - Acoustic Vocals
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Lou Thomas
Copyright 1993 Lou Thomas
March 16, 2004
MP3 3.5 MB
128 kbps bitrate
0:00 minutes
Story behind the song
The first verse is inspired by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The second verse is a synthesis of Union Carbide's gassing of Bhopal with cyanide fumes and the lesser-known Texaco refinery explosion that spread toxic fumes through the economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Wilmington, California. The third verse was inspired by the bombing of Iraq during the first Gulf War.
Lyrics
Verse In the middle of the night A giant tanker runs aground And by the breaking of the light Its cargo covers all the Sound And the birds lie dying in the bays From black tar that can't be washed away And it dawns on the world that profit was the motive For a crime that toppled Heaven in a day Chorus WHO WILL PAY For all the damage done today To the Earth, our only home? With such a loss How can we tolerate the cost Of traveling onward down this road? Verse A great explosion shakes the night Windows shatter miles around Voices choke and cry with fright As poisoned smoke enfolds the town And when the clouds of Death begin to fade A flaming fact'ry flickers through the haze And I see in a flash that profit was the motive For a crime that took the breath of life away Chorus WHO WILL PAY For all the damage done today To parents and kids in their own homes? With such a loss How can we tolerate the cost Of traveling onward down this road? Verse In a violent desert storm Bombers crush an Arab town Houses burn and hearts are torn As they bring it to the ground And when the body count is fin'ly made They say that freedom justifies the raids But I know in my heart that profit was the motive For a crime that carried thousands to their graves Chorus WHO WILL PAY For all the damage done today To innocent people and their homes? With such a loss How can we tolerate the cost Of traveling onward down this road? © 1993. All Rights Reserved.
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