Smoke

(Tom Barlow)

There are many visions of how our world will end, but every one of them shows it disappearing in plumes of smoke. The evocative lyrics to the song Smoke capture scenes that speak to the role fire and smoke play for good and evil.

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Before you know it's here it's gone you shake your head to clear your sight; a moment's shadow on the sun hides itself in heat and light. Smokestacks line the drab horizon the furnaces glow with iron ore; coal trains rumble cross the trestle the mill is burning to the floor. Chorus: Wood and coal and gas and coke, the world burns, the world chokes the whole world's going up in smoke the whole world's going up in smoke. Mom stands at the kitchen window waiting for the dirty dawn a Lucky Strike burns in her fingers the ashes fall, the smoke hangs on. The lunatic with matchstick poised the Zippo lighter's open click; the brown bag luminary glowing marshmallows flaming on the stick. Chorus In Bangladesh a woman cooks mercury from motherboards. A child clinging to her hair giggles when the poison's poured The peat is dug, the smudge-pot lit, XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXX XX XXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXX XX XX XXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXX XXXX XX XXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX X XXX XXXX XXXX XXXX X XXXX X XXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXX XX XXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXXX XX XXXXXXXX XXXX XX XXX XXXXXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXX XXXX XX XXX XXXXX XXXXXX

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