"Modern Day Catastrophists" as written by and Greg Graffin....
Take those potatoes out of your ear
Listen to the warnings
Verify all your fears
There's a world outside
That's ready to blow
And we're all to blame
When it finally explodes

You gotta listen up
Gotta listen to what
They're telling you
Gotta listen up and think
About what they're saying to you

They're the modern day catastrophists
They've got practical solutions
(know all the right equations)
They're the self-appointed
Righteous pragmatists
And they know 50 ways
To save the world
What makes you think
You can cure our disease?

Maybe its just our biology
Maybe its time to make room
For another species
This is the 21st Century


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"Modern Day Catastrophists" as written by Greg Graffin

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    General CommentAnyone know why this song says "this is the 21st Century" when it was released in 1993?
    subverton March 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSubvert, because the song was writting thinking in future...
    Catalonia ISNT_Spaon July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI see.

    I love this song, underrated as fuck, like most of Recipe for Hate.
    subverton May 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, and one of my favorites from Recipe for Hate. I noticed the lyrics were left out of the second verse (as they are on most web pages). The only ones I could find online with that verse said:

    Temperature is rising, but the odorous way
    It'll bury us alive in what we throw away
    If we don't reuse most of our debris
    Our kids can't go where nothing for free

    I never thought that made sense or really sounded right, so I slowed it down in media player and it really sounds like this:

    Temperature is rising but the odorous way
    Will bury us alive in what we throw away
    If we don't resuse most of our debris
    Our kids can't go with a carbon copy

    Anyway, that part makes more sense to me. If we don't do something about the state of our environment, eventually the following generations will be forced to try to fix our mistakes or just have to deal with the consequences.

    I also like the sarcastic tone of the song, in lines like "they're the self-appointed righteous pragmatists,
    and they know 50 ways to save the world". Whether man-made problems or natural ones, there are some things such as climate change that we may be unable to change.
    jester scripton November 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentactivists.
    pinkfadeon March 30, 2009   Link

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