TUNE Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Sixth Extinction
Sixth Extinction is the angriest song on the album. It is about the risk to civilisation of rapid anthropogenic climate change.
We’ve had five previous mass extinctions in the fossil record. We are currently causing the extinction of species at an unprecedented rate. Our predecessors survived five previous periods where most other species died. We may even have benefitted from the ecological niches subsequently left vacant. We are the first species to develop both the capacity to cause global catastrophe and the capacity to avert this. If we could leave behind the narrow limits of the empathy radius which have historically led to the dehumanisation of those we see as different, we could have an amazing future as a species. Or we could keep on making the same mistakes. We could choose to change, or those left will look back on our era as a time when we let the best of our possible futures be destroyed.
The last five times you scraped through
Right place, right time, convenient bodyplan.
A bit of luck with the winning streak stretch.
It doesn’t have to be this way, it’s not yet too late.
We could choose to change, if we could choose to change.
Don’t have to throw this all away, it’s not yet too late.
We’ve not yet completed,
The 6th extinction.
Pat on the back, well done your alive,
Let’s have prizes for all the survivors.
Almost everything that’s lived has died, but you’re still here.
Some runners up are stuffed in a glass case.
Others burn and rise through the chimney stacks,
Delayed attack, boiling the survivors,
Petrified consolation prize.
Five times before you’ve come close to the edge,
On the cliff sat watching the world burn.
Gold star for making it so far.
Five times before you’ve had the benefit but not been the cause.
You’ve been the witness, then seen your line explode,
But this time there’s blood on your paws.
from Nostalgia For Infinity, releases May 6, 2020