Contaminated fish and micro chips
Huge supertankers on Arabian trips
Oily propaganda from the leaders' lips
All about the future
There's people over here, people over there
Everybody's looking for a little more air
Crossing all the borders just to take their share
Planning for the future

And we're so abused, and we're so confused
It's easy to believe that someone's gonna light the fuse
Can't happen here, can't happen here
All that you fear they're telling you, can't happen here

Supersonic planes for a holiday boom
Rio de Janeiro in an afternoon
People out of work but there's people on the moon
Looking for the future
Concrete racktracks nationwide
Juggernauts carving up the countryside
Cars by the million on a one way ride
Using up the future

And we're so abused, and we're so confused
It's easy to believe that someone's gonna light the fuse
Can't happen here, can't happen here
All that you fear they're telling you, can't happen here

Satellites spying for the CIA
The KGB and the men in grey
Wonder if I'm gonna see another day
Somewhere in the future
We got everything we need for a peaceful time
Take what you want but you can't take mine
Everybody's living on the Siegfried line
Worried 'bout the future
And we're so abused, and we're so confused
It's so easy to believe that someone's gonna light it
Easy to believe someone's gonna light the fuse
Can't happen here, can't happen here
All that you fear they're telling you, can't happen here can it?


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Can't Happen Here Lyrics as written by Roger David Glover Ritchie Blackmore

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    General CommentA great song - one of Rainbow's lyrical high points. With technology, industry, over-population, pollution, and the arms race all running at full speed (and seemingly out of control), it looked like the end of the world was at hand. Rainbow (Roger Glover specifically, I believe) commented on this situation. The frenetic verses lay out his case with the choruses presenting the defense. The final line of the song undercuts the defense wonderfully and simply - "Can it?".

    I appreciate the rhythmic quality of the lines in this song, the cool rhyming scheme, and the words themselves. This is a smart and very underrated song.
    GenerationXon April 04, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis song is as relevant today as it was when it was first recorded, not much has changed. I just wish they still wrote 'em like this, it absolutely rocks! Joe Lynn Turner on lead vocals provided the magic ingrediant for Rainbow and the albums they released with him in the line up contain some of the best heavy rock tracks ever recorded IMHO.
    sempaigregon November 20, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionThis song is as relevant today as it was when it was first recorded, not much has changed. I just wish they still wrote 'em like this, it absolutely rocks! Joe Lynn Turner on lead vocals provided the magic ingrediant for Rainbow and the albums they released with him in the line up contain some of the best heavy rock tracks ever recorded IMHO.
    sempaigregon November 20, 2012   Link

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