Honor salute and speak
To the corner standing flag
Do you remember how the days of school were
Indivisible separate worlds
Compare contrast
These dreams absurd
Placid classroom faces
Breathe in the features
Of a demographics death map trilogy
Children read them well
Not to bury 3 of 4 sons
As the likes of chivalry
Not to take 6 of 30 bills
To manufacture Corpus Christi
And so you think it can be so serene
History's most intolerable famine
Has clutched our global tranquility
Reaped the lives of children
Maladies collaborate
With cyclic despair
Infanticide clamors to 20 times more
In 4th and 5th Worlds
The poor have always been
Beside us
Amid us
Death has always been
As million cease 15 million that's an annual reap
Add divide multiply sum 41 thousand!


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    General CommentWell, the "41 thousand" is akin to Blue Oyster Cult's "40,000 men and women everyday", the number of people who die every day (roughly).

    In this song, the lyricist is wondering if the education of her younger years has really prepared her for the grim knowledge of her adult life. It hasn't, except to show her the bare rudiments: flags, maps, and the ability to count up the destruction with simple arithmetic. This song is about the loss of innocence on an industrial scale.
    cbmira01on July 05, 2007   Link

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