Cathedrals Of The Mind

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Part I: HUMANITY

Dyspraxic intellectuals, fanaticals in manacles
Radicals with parables, wastrels and respectables
Tyranists and terrorists, optimists and pessimists
Liars self-deniers, messiahs and pariahs
Seven billion voices in… a random cacophony of Id

Part II: IDEAS

Aristotelian taxonomy, Euclidean geometry
Darwinian biology to multiverse cosmology
Witches and psychiatrists, hypocrites with crucifixes
Paranoid conspiracists conspiring with their enemies
Two million theories and… many reliably false

Cathedrals of the mind mankind
Designed to hide the fear inside
What clever and what tragic apes are we?
Cathedrals of the mind we’ve made
Wrought from thoughts in jumbled brains
The folly of such brave and tragic apes

Part III: BUILDINGS

From the Great Wall of China to the particle colliders
With conduits of power lines we ringed the earth and lit the sky
Legacies of donors such as Gaudi’s Barcelona
Leaving actual cathedrals impossible and meaningful
Two billion structures all… Covering the planet with steel

Cathedrals of the mind mankind
Designed to hide the fear inside
What clever and what tragic apes are we?
Cathedrals of the mind we’ve made
Wrought from thoughts in jumbled brains
The folly of such brave and tragic apes

Part IV: ACHIEVEMENTS

Beatles. Wall-E. Michael Scott. Stewart Lee
And James Dean drinking tea in the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Apple. The moonwalk. Music, and New York
Quorn. And Love. And Flight. And Books
One trillion achievements and some of them actually good

Cathedrals of the mind mankind
Designed to hide the fear inside
What clever and what tragic apes are we?
Cathedrals of the mind we’ve made
Wrought from thoughts in jumbled brains
The folly of such brave and tragic apes

Cathedrals of the mind set free
With bipolar grandiosity
What clever and what tragic apes are we?
Cathedrals of the mind them all
Milestones of our rise and fall
What high achieving deadly apes are we?

This universe will blink and die
At the catastrophic end of time
With no one left to venerate our graves
A spinning pea in empty space
No legacy no human race
And all we ever did, was done in vain

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from The Long Way Home, released November 19, 2013
Dan Popplewell - Sophia Churney © Elefant Publishing

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