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  1. China Blue

From the recording Money to Burn

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Lyrics

I saw the future
It was made in China
Just another knock-off
Of the good old USA
The tour guide showed me
Temples and dragons
But I couldn’t take my eyes
Off the everyday.

CHORUS 1:
Now China blue is just for teacups
It’s not in rivers
It’s not in sky
The birds have flown from the concrete forest
Of 20 million people in Shanghai.

They call it progress
Super-sonic fast track
I call it power lines
Over everything you see.
I call it armies
Of tall grey buildings
Stretching on and on and on
To eternity.

CHORUS 2:
Now China blue is just for teacups
It’s not in rivers
It’s not in sky
The birds have flown from the concrete forest
But giant cranes keep building in Shanghai.

I saw the future
On a Chinese billboard:
A tall blond model
In the fashions of today
They want the hot look
They want the cool car
They want the fast food
And they want it right away!

I saw the future
It was made in China
Just another knock-off
Of the good old USA
They give us lead paint
We give ‘em fool’s gold
We’re trading poisons every day.

CHORUS 2

I saw the future.

THE YEAR 2020

Jackie Morris

Intended as a humorous recollection of a really horrible year, "The Year 2020" recalls my way of trying to make lemonade out of lemons. The lyrics are actually true...and after I wrote the song, I realized how compulsive this scary time made me! But I also know that I was not alone! So many of us were spurred on to repair what had been neglected when life was "normal."

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