The Long Emergency

This song came out of one the last spurts of creativity I enjoyed with the Drogues. I had just finished reading James Howard Kunstler’s The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century and was justifiably freaked out by it. I wanted to paint a picture of a dystopian future where there’s no longer any time to play in a band (or electricity to run guitar amps for that matter). We played this live quite a bit and always got a great response. I used to give a shout-out to Kunstler and I hope at least one person checked out the book because of the song. Who knows?

Scraps of melody
A broken progression
Words written down
Acts of aggression

It’s all we’ve known
Parking lots and electric light
Driving after dark
The city went down without a fight

We’re caught up
We’re caught up

Scraps of melody
A broken progression
There’s no I-IV-V anymore
There’s only war

It’s all we’ve known
It’s all our mothers and our fathers knew
Turn out the light
The parking lot now as quiet as a graveyard

Scraps of melody
A broken progression
Words written down
Acts of aggression

It’s all we’ve known
Parking lots and electric light
Living after dark
Pretending everything is all right

We’re caught up
We’re caught up

unrecorded

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