Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper


Writing's running a bit slower at the moment due to kidlet schedules being what they are. This idea grabbed hold of me on the way to work a week or so ago and I finally managed to finish it up Tuesday night, but by then it was too late to type it up. Last night, we were at the Cubs game. So I'm taking a moment to type it up now in advance of ConClave so I can stop trying to read my own handwriting. :)

Words and Music: Bill Roper
Copyright 2008


Don’t know how it happened.
What fool set the superpox free?
Death sent by a madman
And the only survivors are the people like me.
No one under fifty ever had a chance to survive
‘Cause they never got the scar that we wear on our arms
That’s the only thing that keeps us alive.

And I’m searching for snowflakes, hoping we’ve a chance to survive.
Looking for the heirs to the whole human race
Suspended in a nitrogen tide.
And I’m racing the clock now
As I’m running past the bodies inside
‘Cause we’re counting down to the end of the world
And I don’t want to say suicide
Is the reason we died.

All the children are dead now.
We never thought we would see pox again.
I remember they said how
It was the first disease that was beaten by men.
Old men and old women too old to have a child of their own.
We’ve got one last chance to keep the systems alive
So we won’t have to die all alone.

Snowflake babies,
In vitro made and then frozen away.
Too many maybes.
Can we find them in time?
Keep the systems on line?
Teach old wombs to rewind
So they are saving the day?

Old men saving the tech now
Taking the place of the youngsters that died.
Old women inject now
Hormones keeping those babies inside.
And there’s never enough time for raising up the children of men,
But I promise you, they will all wear the scar
‘Cause we’re never gonna do this again!

(Chorus to coda)
Yeah, we’re counting down to the end of the world
And I don’t want to say suicide
Is the reason we died.
Tags: filk, lyrics, musings

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