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LONG GONE PAST

Copyright 2016 Robert E. Shandor

 

I set off on a journey through barren lands laid waste

Callin' out the demons wild, facin' down my disgrace

There inside my solitude I searched for some respite

Things could've been much different if I'd had the will to fight

 

For days on end a scream resides a breath-width from my tongue

No sound escapes to resonate against the aging sun

Rememb'ring how I'd had the chance to help to stem the greed

That stole so much from each of us, and left us all in need

 

Now I have a hunger for more than much-missed food

I want back the life I lived, before they made it crude

But now it's just a relic lost, a memory fading fast

And the time to stand up has long gone past

 

Although we heard her crying

And often felt her dread

We didn't lift one finger to help her

And now, yes oh now

Our planet's dead

 

The river black cuts my soul, a snake slicing through the fog

Every tree -- so green before -- is now a crumbled log

The sky once blue is wearing now an overcoat of grime

I could have stood for so much more, had I but made the time

 

I set off on a journey through barren lands laid waste

Callin' out the demons wild, facin' down my disgrace

Here is where I now reside, a refuge in my mind

Swept by wind, scarred by sand, a place best left behind

 

Now I have a hunger for more than much-missed food

I want back the life I lived, before they made it crude

But now it's just a relic lost, a memory fading fast

And the time to stand up has long gone past

 

Although we heard her crying

And often felt her dread

We didn't lift one finger to help her

And now, yes oh now

Our planet's dead

 

Didn't we heard her crying

Couldn't we feel her dread

We didn't lift one finger to help her

And now, yes oh now

Our planet's dead