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For the Glory of What?

from Shitty Nuggets by Jonathan Segel



I was hanging at the renn faire with all the people whose times had come and gone
Told them I was from the future but they never asked which one
We danced a little gavotte, the favorite of the age
I said goodbye and walked slowly back to a moving metal cage

For the glory of what
Who are we anyway
we expand out little empires
like an algae bloom on a tiny pond
and the temperatures are just getting higher
till there’s no room left to sing this song

Are we who we were, who we become
We expand our empires as if make a difference in the long run
For the glory of what
If not yourself right now. Shall we dance
a million years hence

somewhere in the past we didn’t have enough
now we all keep thinking that there can never be too much (we’re programmed to think there can never be too much)
we grow our little fiefdoms till they strain at the edge
a bloom for a moment till the system can’t sustain
we head blindly for that ledge

I was hanging with the chimpanzees in the year ten million and eight
They'd had their civilization but abandoned it before it was too late
Now we're swinging in the trees baby, eating fruits and nuts
But still they all laugh when anybody farts


from Shitty Nuggets, released January 6, 2023


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Jonathan Segel is a musician and composer, playing guitar, violin, computer, keyboards, electric bass and singing, etc.

He plays solo and with Camper Van Beethoven and Øresund Space Collective
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