A Short History Of Nearly Everything


Do you remember our best adventure?
Stealing off to climb Westers Hill?
Creeping out of our house at midnight?
Do you remember on the way down after
I cut my leg right open on that fence
And I cried and I cried?

It was just a hill we climbed that night
But it felt like...

The Top of the world!
"Top of the world, ma!"
Top of the world
I'm on top of the world

"Our teachers had faith in their lessons
Their doctrine, but these facts are unreliable,
These cracks are undeniable," you said

"Do you feel the warmth beneath your feet?
That's 'cause the Earth is so very old."
They should have warned us years ago
We should have been told
That secret kept by Mum and Dad which covered everything:

"At first it's dark
And then it's light
And then it's dark again..."

"You're bleeding, but it's alright
'Cause we'll stay awake the whole night
'Cause I found a rock in an ancient place
And it's older than the human race
So let's build a fire, a homing light
For astronauts and satellites
For scientists with soldiers' hearts
For pioneers of Earthly arts

You and me - we're dead in the blink of an eye
We've been and gone - we're dead in a blink of Earth's eye."

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