Billy Jonas

Lighting Of The Lamps

from Life So Far (for adult/general audiences)

See the city lights shining like a promise from the lips of the ones who set them burning
I mean the lights, not their lips; if their lips were burning their heads would ignite, and
  there would be no need for artificial lights  
Alas, the wires are winding, as the world grows unified
So let the fireworks begin, and tuck your children in, beneath the blanket of the night
  electrified  
Now the lighting of the lamps .... Now the lighting of the lamps ....
Transformer towers like a harvest, in the fields of the ones who keep them buzzing
Now there's a leak in the line, and the fields are buzzing as the cows begin to run;
  children sleeping restless when their blankets start to hum  
Alas, old McDonald had a farm in Wisconsin where the voltage went astray  
Young born twisted, the utilities insisted they were blameless, 'til the sick were gone,
  then what could they say, but ...
Now the lighting of the lamps; the promise is, the promise was ... now the lighting of the
  lamps; because, because, because, because ....  
Now the lighting of the lamps; the promise is, the promise was ... now the lighting of the
  lamps; because, because, because, because, because ....  
Thomas Edison, what is this medicine that brings good things to light?  
With the glowing guarantees of eternal luxuries we bid farewell to the night  
Old man Thomas, he kept his promises and the fires they have burned a hundred years Behind every window pane hang the dangling remains of a million monofilamented
  incandescent tears ....
Now the lighting of the lamps; the promise is, the promise was ... now the lighting of the
  lamps; because, because, because, because, because ....  
Satellites streaming like an e.e.g. from the heads of the ones who keep them spinning
I mean the lights not their heads, if their heads were spinning ... and they are ... in the
  stars  
City lights shining like a promise of a future bright and free
So let the fireworks begin, and tuck the children in, we'll see what we will see  
Now the lighting of the lamps; the promise is, the promise was ... now the lighting of the
  lamps; because,because,because, because ....
Now the lighting of the lamps; the promise is, the promise was ... now the lighting of the
  lamps; because, because, because, because, because ....

Credits:

Words by Billy Jonas & David Wilcox
Music by Billy Jonas

2000 Billy Jonas Bang-A-Bucket Music, BMI

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