Cut Rate Apocalypse

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I was in a cynical mood when I wrote this. I don’t know if “our world is literally falling apart right now” or if “this is and has been business as usual and I’m only now just seeing it”. Regardless. Things are pretty shit right now for a lot of us and it looks like it’s because of your typical garden variety selfishness and bigotry of the haves vs. the have nots.

If this is the apocalypse that we’re living in I firmly believe that it is of human creation. I have long since become convinced that the evil that people do far far exceeds what some demon or angel could comprehend.

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I was told there would be fire
I was told there would be brimstone
I was told these were the end times
And the Devil would be known

I was hoping to see the heavenly host
But I see no sign of the holy ghost
As the engines of creation
Their mighty gears have slipped

In this cut rate, poorly-planned,
Ill-thought out apocalypse


All I got was inflation economic conflation
Of greed, opportunism, (and) moral abdication
A war on sin you'll never win
With shifting goalposts and media spin

Ain't no-one wrong if no-one's right
There's so much dark you can't see the light
As the engines of creation
Their mighty gears have slipped

In this cut rate, poorly-planned,
Ill-thought out apocalypse


Air, Earth, Fire, Water
The world is starting to split
Famine, Death, Pestilence, War
Y'all best get on with it

Our air is spoiled
Our oceans boil
The cracks we're starting to see
We line up in rank
On the stygian bank
Let the river roll eternally


I was told there would be fire
I was told there would be brimstone
I was told these were the end times
And the Devil would be known

I was hoping to see the heavenly host
But I see no sign of the holy ghost
As the engines of creation
Their mighty gears have slipped

In this cut rate, poorly-planned,
Ill-thought out apocalypse

credits

from The Dubious Hat, released September 28, 2019
Lyrics/Music by Alyssa Rosenbloom & Nathaniel Johnstone
Nathaniel Johnstone: Vocal, Guitar, Bass

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Nathaniel Johnstone Seattle, Washington

Multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone (violin, viola, banjo, mandolin, and guitar) LOVES to play music with his many musical friends. He's played with many bands and has as yet been unable to settle down with one instrument or musical genre for too long.

Each album is different but there are enough through-lines that you can get a sense of where he's been.
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