DO WHAT WE DO TILL WE CAN'T
(Then We Wont)
we can do what we do just the way that we do
for as long as we can till we can't then we wont
but more and more people, in more and more cars
on more and more roads, means more and more wars
for more and more oil..
now we could "conserve", but what will it matter?
whether we do or whether we don't
we'll still go on doing what we basically do
the way we essentially do it
for as long as we can till we can't
and then we wont..
and I'm not a big fan of fuel efficiency
wasting our time with our hoping and wishing
hoping and wishing that we can ferever
go driving around in our automobiles
hoping and wishing, to continue to do what we do
the way that we do
for as long as we can
till we can't, till we wont..
and I'm not impressed with alternative fuels
it takes lots of energy to get lots of energy
and we're fooling ourselves; just denying reality
hoping there's something as cheap and abundant
as 20 million barrels of oil each day
our obstinate sad resistance to change; to change the way we live
but oh well..
so we'll do what we do all the way
just like we do it
for as long as we can, and then when we can't?
well then we wont..
and I don't subscribe to the desperate idea
of drilling and drilling and drilling fer more
cuz what do we do even if we will find it?
burn it forever and heat up the planet?
the north pole is melting!
there's a polar bear digging through your trash cans!
oh, maybe we need a committee; more "study"..?
or maybe we'll wait until Key West is gone
or we lose a big city each year from a storm
even then, we'll probably still do what we do
the way that we currently do
fer as long as we can till we can't anymore
and then.. I guess we wont..
no I'm a believer in building a railroad!
an interconnected system of tracks!
a way to move people and goods all around!
from sea to shining sea!..
and here's how it works:
you walk from yer house a few blocks to the corner
you wait a few minutes and talk with yer neighbor
and soon comes a train; an electrical carriage
powered by sunshine and water and wind
highways and parking lots now become gardens
beautiful places with flowers and trees
you see them go by from yer comfortable chair
perhaps you might even hop off and explore!
there's business and commerce to get what you need
walkable places environment friendly;
green spaces connecting, bike paths and trails..
you catch the next train that will take you to work
or take you to breakfast or lunch or the game
or take you to dinner, a movie, a show
everywhere y'need to go
anywhere y'wanna to go..
yes I'm a believer in building a railroad
we need to get out of the car to survive
and building a railroad is more than good logic
it's thousands (maybe millions) of permanent jobs!
building a railroad; forsaking the car
that's the answer for the human race
because that's what solves our gravest predicament:
depleting energy, and failing environment..
building a railroad's the right thing to do..
building a railroad.. is the answer..
and I hope we all get on board real soon
and if we don't?
if we don't..
then, I guess we just, y'know..
do what we do..
the way that we do it..
for as long as we can..
until we can't..