Oh, Civilization

from Radical Songs for Rough Times by Dan Hanrahan

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Break up a forest put it in a box and send it far
Climb a mountain touch the top and blow it up
Find a river, steamboat a river and dam it up
A bubble in the soil is a-gurgling oil now blow it out

Chorus: Oh, civilization

Find a child, take a child break her down
Spy a bird and chase a bird and cage him up

Find a tribe and chase a tribe and take the land
Burn up the forest for a grazing herd, now settle down


Sight a whale on the rolling waters and bring her down
Fish the oceans to the final fish now come back home



from Radical Songs for Rough Times, released September 15, 2020


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Dan Hanrahan Chicago, Illinois

Musician and writer Dan Hanrahan has a long history in out-there folk circles. He specializes in surrealist ballads laced with glam and Brecht. Hanrahan has shared the stage with Gordon Gano and received plaudits from Eugene Chadbourne and Shimmy Disc’s Kramer and has opened shows for They Might Be Giants and Throwing Muses. ... more

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