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Civilization

This song is by Dan Bull and appears on the album Generation Gaming V (2015).

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We learned to band together and endeavor
Clasp our hands together, man developed language, letters
An incredible advantage, getting plans together
But would we stand the test of time
Against the planet's reckless climate
And its angry weather?

Spread the sails and head west against the gales
And storms aboard Norse longboats with decks as dense as nails
Our aim was riding waves and finding, claiming strange horizons
Invading islands, native populations slain with violence
Enslaved and made to aim skyward, think of bigger things
Sphinxes, pyramids, raise them high in the name of different kings
The different things we've held sacred, divine, through places and times
The range of supplications and rites, through ages we find
Nations arise as old civilizations crumble to dust
Becoming strangers in time, waiting to die
Replaced in the night, the day breaks and the light
Changes illuminating newer human faces as fights rage
The human race is facing the might of righteous states who would write
The history books even if it took a knife's blade
To find the right page, Sengoku Jidai
Men offered to die for the honor of a warrior's life

The sun's coming and we're watching it rise
As a new era's here, it's as solid as iron
Pull the tongs from the fire, strike the hammer to the anvil
Craft a weapon to bring an enemy to a standstill
The blacksmith is the wizard that gives us
These powers devour enemies, leaping down from the siege towers
The better the tech is, the lesser the effort to wreck it
The less time to see their eyes and feel sympathetic
Never regret it, a true knight never stays a true blade
Never says touché but would forever lay in blue rays of weathered glades
To demonstrate his never-ending dedication to the crusade
Reformation through flame and after the cremation is a new age
Time's quill is quick to spill its ink onto a new page

The faces are the same as when in days gone
But brains are cultivated thus creating the Renaissance
We're still using steel tools to stay strong
Replacing blades with greater trades, pen and paper, song
Faith in God is tested, hiding in the desert
Men excited, then enlightened by the scientific method
Tried describing its expression by inscribing his impression
When applying it to heavenly bodies that everybody reckoned
Must have been made by a Creator or a greater force
Nature's author faced examination never faced before
The grace of horse and rider, replaced by wars and violence
Debased the laws of science, made the case for all the pious
Why is it progress always leads to loads of mess?
The western region spread across the globe and coalesced
Settlers spread disease with effortless ease
Was it reckless or did it just happen inevitably?
While evidently we never can see through the lens of this century
But there's no retreating now, whether or not it was meant to be

The seven seas were sailed, navies prevailed
Leaving trails of devastation in their wake as people wailed
A world of wonder plundered, traded in the name of progress
But human nature's way shows we should expect no less
Oh yes, struck by the realisation this is just civilization
In the natal stages of industrialization, trust me when I say
That previous achievements are just child's play
Compared to this colossal school of thought
We set the world ablaze with fossil fuel we bought, it's an epiphany
Giving us pretty much infinite energy, it's electricity
Edison, Nikola Tesla, different inventors giving us everything we depend on
Whether it's engines, cinema, television or telecoms
Sending a message and spreading it on, these unreal frontier channels
We develop the tech and then sell it on, the reel travels round
With the speed of a machine gun's barrels
Machinery's a meaner beast and we're still in the saddle

No need for cavalry, battle superseded that with ease
Allies and Axis, charging each other like batteries
A power vacuum allowing the superstates to flourish
Redistribute the food even if it means people are malnourished
Propaganda is the only view that you're allowed to publish
'Cause totalitarians are well aware of how to punish
Gunning down numbers countless for doubtless nothings that they've done
But that won't stop subversive insurgents from coming out with courage
Using their power to the fullest, whether creativity or demonstrating general relativity
Evidently when we find time to be efficient
Einsteinian clear vision can reveal the precision behind the blinds, nuclear fission
Despite derision, physicists decide the mission is dividing, splitting atoms
Till a blinding light is given, quite efficient
The divine right to mankind's plight is christened
A minor decision hijacked by politicians
But as long as they listen to the will of the people
Treat all as brilliant equals, we can achieve more
Than we've ever conceived before

Leave this poor place, please explore space
Earth, she's a small base, even more awaits
I implore great leaders to lead with all the grace
Of which we're capable and be the author of your fate
Band together and endeavour, clasp our hands together
As our ancestors have and stand the test of time forever

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