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Michael Caufield: Music

Out on the Edge

(Michael Caufield)
out on the edge





yo – to use the common vernacular of the day – coming at ya


out on the edge of the world tonight


where I stand sick of all this crotch-grabbing fake pump-ass jive


but let me tell you brother we’re still connected to the earth and tonight I saw the sun strike


the earth with a sweet calm


light


out on the edge of the world tonight


in a field circled by darkly rising trees the glitter of the stars


a young girl lies enthralled by the sight


her love above her so strong and so light


out on the edge


of the world tonight


out on the edge


where we live out our lives


out on the edge of the world today


billions and billions and billions of people scampering


just trying to make something pay and pay and pay. . . .


and pay


out on the edge of the world today


the mountains stand silent above the multi-species fray


while glaciers crumble and oceans heave and sway


out on the edge of the world today


out on the edge


where we jabber on


even when there’s nothing left to say


we’re killing the earth


why are we’re such greedy pigs?


we’re killing the earth


so let’s put on our party hats and dance


out on the edge . . . .