Sing a Song of Civilisation

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Sing a Song of Civilisation

To sing a song of civilisation
Is to sing a song of suffering, sing a song of hate
Verses filled with violence
And a chorus of control
Then a sudden burst of silence as it’s smothered by the state

Any song of civilisation
Will be a song of slavery, will be a song of rape,
A song of occupation and colonisation
A song of exploitation it seems you can’t escape

Sing a song of silence for each life that’s dead and done
Sing a song of violence at the wrong end of the gun
Sing of all their power and their cruelty and their lies
Sing a song of civilisation’s swift demise

Can you hear the song of civilisation?
In the roaring of the chainsaw, in the beat of marching feet
In the wailing of the wind across a desolate dustbowl
In the silent scream of nature drowning in a sea of wheat

Hear the song of civilisation
It echoes in the alleyways, sung in brick and steel
As Blake saw it run in blood down London’s palace walls
I sense it in each wheeze of breeze my cold skin ever feels

Sing a song of silence for each life that’s dead and done
Sing a song of violence at the wrong end of a gun
Sing of all their power and their cruelty and their lies
Sing a song of civilisation’s swift demise

Sing a song against civilisation
Song of insurrection, of anger, fear and rage
Percussion is provided by the batons, bricks and bottles
A crescendo at the end: the smashing of our cage

Then we’ll sing a song of real fucking living
A song of joy and love, of harmony and peace
A song not sung by human tongue but dreamt by all that lives
The first song that there ever was, the last we’ll ever need

Sing a song of silence for each life that’s dead and done
Sing a song of violence at the wrong end of a gun
Sing of all their power and their cruelty and their lies
Sing a song of civilisation’s swift demise

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from A Monkey's Diversion, released January 4, 2017

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