Our Dying Island

- Skyclad
Released: 1991 Genres: Rock
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Lyric "Our Dying Island"

I woke from my daydream, discovered my nightmare was real
At the altar of progress to gods of ambition we kneel
Our database deities they cannot save us
Microchip miracles only enslave us
The high priests of high finance claim that their actions are wise

But our planet still dies...

It dies for the want of more people who care
'bout the poisons we pump in the seas and the air
Yet blissfully ignorant, still unaware
We strive for a future entwined with despair
You say, "Why waste concern on the rivers and trees
They belong to mankind to exploit as we please?"
Face up to the fact that mankind's a disease
Irrelevant microbes with colour TV's

Tell me just what kind of fools would laugh and stare death in the face?
Only to worst kind of fools like you and I - the human race
If we laugh for long enough it could well be our epitaph
And Mother Earth will laugh the loudest, she will have the final laugh

But wait! The time has come to realize
Believe! The truth our eyes will not disguise
Speak out! To say, "It's no concern of mine"
Deceived! Is to be party to the crime

We all toe the line and swallow the lies
And our island dies

Let computers dictate our emotions, determine the way we should feel
Turn our backs to the future, now our days are numbered
And where will we run to when this world is plundered?
Your conscience a whisper drowned out when your avarice cries

And humanity dies...

Without hot winds or tower blocks crashing
No silver-lined mushroom clouds herald man's passing
From the Garden of Eden into death everlasting
Such a high price to pay for what we took without asking

Stupidity's legacy is passed down the years
As our knowledge increases dispelling the fears
That the ghosts of the past may again reappear
As the dawn of the silent apocalypse nears

Tell me just what kind of fools would laugh and stare death in the face?
(The advent of insanity, no future for humanity)
Only the worst kind of fools like you and I - the human race
(You pander to your vanity, it blinds you to reality)
If we laugh for long enough it could well be our epitaph
(In temples of indifference we hail the gods of ignorance)
And Mother Earth will laugh the loudest, she will have the final laugh
(And sacrifice our final chance, behold the death of innocence)

But wait! The end is near so we must choose
Believe! That we have everything to lose
Speak out! If empty words are all we're worth
Deceived! It is the end for Mother Earth

We all toe the line and swallow the lies
And our island dies

If we think the world is our oyster
We'll surely choke on the pearl
It is ours for a while to respect not defile
But minds drunk with power still whirl
The lands we dispute are not ours to pollute
Neither the air that we breathe
But how will we ever see reason when we can't see the wood for the trees

Now we hold the future in the palm of our hand
Place your faith in 'Rainbow Warriors', not castles of sand
The hourglass is empty time is slipping away
So prepare your excuses for the Judgement Day

Judgement Day!

Court is now in session
Mother Nature presides
The jury are our children
Whose futures we've denied
The evidence conclusive
We have no alibi
The victim was our planet
The verdict: MATRICIDE

But wait! The time has come to realize
Believe! The truth our eyes will not disguise
Speak out! To say, "It's no concern of mine"
Deceived! Is to be party to the crime
But wait! The end is near so we must choose
Believe! That we have everything to lose
Speak out! If empty words are all we're worth
Deceived! It is the end for Mother Earth

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Skyclad

Skyclad

Skyclad are a British heavy metal band with heavy folk influences in their music. They are considered one of the pioneers of folk metal. The etymology behind the term "skyclad" comes from a pagan/wiccan term for ritual nudity, in which rituals are performed with the participants metaphorically clad only by the sky, as a sign of equality. The name alludes both to the band's religious leanings and to their social beliefs, as set out in the song "Skyclad" on their first album.