"Facts of Life" as written by Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Pat Mastelotto and Adrian Belew....
Six billion ants crawling on a plate
Six million ants crawling on a plate
None of them give back as much as they take
Six billion ants crawling on a plate

Doesn't mean you should just because you can
It doesn't mean you should just because you can
Like Abraham and Ishmael fighting over sand
It doesn't mean you should just because you can

That is a fact of life
That is a fact of life

Now some of us build and some of us teach
Some of us build, some of us teach
And some of us kill what some of us eat

That is a fact of life
That is a fact of life

Nobody knows what happens when you die
Nobody knows what happens when you die
Believe what you want, it doesn't mean you're right

That is a fact of life
That is a fact


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"Facts of Life" as written by Donald Dennis Christopher Meredith

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    General Comment"It doesn't mean you should just because you can.
    It doesn't mean you should just because you can.
    Like Abraham and Ishmael, fighting over sand.
    It doesn't mean you should just because you can."

    Genius.
    outsidelookinginon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is badass as crap, along with all of 'the power to believe.' i think the lyrics are a little obvious..."nobody knows what happens when you die, believe what you want; it doesn't mean you're right"...good stuff
    danknuggaon October 03, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Some of us kill but some of us eat." ???

    I always thought it went like this:
    "Some of us kill WHAT some of us eat".

    But my favorite line is "doesn't mean you should, just because you can". The truth doesn't require cool and elaborate phrases to be expressed, it's best when said like this - absolutely simple. :)
    kristaps_kon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn addition to kristaps k's corrections, I believe he says six BILLION ants crawling on a plate, not six million.

    6 billion ants of course being a reference to the ~6 billion people on the earth.
    hansel8789on August 14, 2008   Link

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