I'm getting old

from People never seem to amaze me by Sven Curth

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Another cheery little ditty. Sort of a "Levittown 1951" revisited.

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I'm getting old

I'm getting old, and that's ok
in spite of my objections I keep waking up each day
One day I won't, and that's ok, too -
at least I will have spent a couple sunny days with you

We all left the farms and deserted small towns as industry beckoned and wealth "trickled down"
We traded our lives for the dollars we made, for generations we struggled, we fought and we paid -
for concrete for our cities and sod for our yards - a couple tvs, a couple of cars
For decades we spent and we built and we grew - constantly upgrading - everything new.
We streamlined our plants and found foreign labor cheap
became accustomed and entitled to the lifestyle we keep
Packaged and processed and plastic and pills -
factory farming, factory fishing, factory thrills.

And now the old mill's shut down, the old plant is closed -
no more paper, no more lumber, no more cars, no more clothes
But we're all still buying - the box stores still thrive
All of the dirt cheap junk we need to survive
And we're pointing our fingers, and we're boiling with rage
But don't the Chinese deserve a living wage?
They're building us exactly what we require
The affordable garbage that we so desire
And we'll use it twice and then throw it away
It'll end up in the ocean, or just trucked away to be buried somewhere -
out of sight out of mind; gotta make some more room
so that we can keep buying.

And now the whole rest of the world wants a piece.
They've all left their farms for overcrowded streets -
their factories filling up to overflow, the same way we did it a century ago
They'll work their fingers down to the bone
their wages are low, their hours are long
They've seen our prosperity and they want to achieve it
and we won't work that hard, but we still want to keep it.

Where's it all headed? Nobody knows...
As we burn through our resources and the population grows
And every single human wants to live like a king
and who is anyone else to deny anyone anything?

But don't ask any questions, keep watching TV.
Turn over your weapons, trust the "powers that be".
Pay no attention to the strange weather outside,
or any other trifling details that don't seem quite right...

Don't worry about diseases, or terrorist threats
or inflating currency, or insurmountable debt
or dwindling freshwater, or rising seas
or nuclear weapons, or corporate greed
or monoculture farming, or patented seeds
or GMO's and pesticides, or what's killing the bees
or epidemic dependence on anxiety pills
or big oil dependence or big oil spills

Just trust your politicians - they've got your best interests in mind...
What could possibly go wrong? I'm sure we'll all be just fine...

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from People never seem to amaze me, released May 24, 2017

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