Science Marches on (Words by Peter Berryman, music by Lou Berryman, 1996) (Lou:) The lake dries up and the sun goes down and the rose grows old and dies. The cyclone hits like a wall o' bricks and the swelling rivers rise. The wolf's right there with a deadly glare in the lair of the newborn fawn. Draught kills trout and stars burn out but science marches on. (Peter:) Drive through CAT-scan, fax on the belt, modem in a wristwatch, Naugahyde pelt. Non-fat lard cake, Bible on a chip, parabolic smelloscope, freeze-dried dip. Laser eye surgery, fusion in jars, paperless government, driverless cars. CD-ROM phone book, edible earth, motherless fatherless Petri-dish birth. (Lou:) The eyeballs fail and the backbone bends and the hair's no longer brown. The big ears flap and I need a nap and I think I'll go lie down. I draw the shades as the future fades and the past is nearly gone. Your friends all croak and you're old and broke but science marches on. (Peter:) DNA Tinker-Toys, clone polliwog, hydroponic parsley, virtual dog. HDTV, antigrav skis, ultrasound tooth brush, Teflon trees. Teleport phone booth, cyborg brain, vertical take-off passenger train. Moneyless megamall, microchip checks, wireless digital cellular sex. (Both (alternate phrases:) Ten-year ice cube, time-travel shorts, subatomic pinball, submarine sports. Deep-space billboard, smoking vaccine, sugarless low-cal soylent green. Prozac Automat, phaser in a pen, light-emitting overcoat, sensitive men. Internet fern bar, humanoid squids, 88-gigabyte floptical kids. Black-hole trashcan, moon-crater home, automatic washcloth, self-propelled comb. Sensor in the brain pan, feelavision set, flyaway Chevrolet camper-van jet. Interactive oleo, La-Z-Boy shoes, autofocus windowpane, remedial blues. Self-clean condo, Astroturf shrub, flashback epiphany afterlife club. (c)1996, Peter & Lou Berryman [filename[ SCIMARCH JTD Oct00
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