The Cradle Will Fall

- Skyclad
Released: 1991 Genres: Rock
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Lyric "The Cradle Will Fall"

A species in its infancy
A living idiosyncrasy
This naked-ape believes itself divine
Assured of its supremacy
It dreams of immortality
The first words that it speaks: "This world is mine!"

But the time has come for us to realize
That the animal instincts we deeply despise
Are far more civilised than humanity

Mankind has lived to curse the day it climbed down from the trees
But still we keep our heads held high whilst crawling on our knees
I hope I never live to see the perfect world you crave
Where ambition is the burden we shall carry to our graves

We think that we are so superior
For in God's image we were made
All other life we deem inferior
There to exploit, kill or enslave
No amount of demonstration
Could ever show a mind so small
That it is not the be and end all

Into the future we race driven on by our greed
Like rats in a maze we will never be free

Science is the new religion
Scalpels slash, dissecting truth and reason
Behind locked doors where no-one sees

Down evolution's one way street mankind pursues his dream
Of a race conceived in test tubes with the same designer genes
But like a child who tries to run before it learns to crawl
He'll go crying to his 'Mother' when he sees the cradle fall

I am human! I was made to be the ultimate machine
With the power at my fingertips to realise my dream
Homo Sapiens, the master race
Nature's pride and joy
Taking all the world will give me
What it won't I shall destroy

In our hearts we yearn to be immortal
Conquer all sickness and disease
Create a world where even death's not fatal
Then we can shape our destinies
A populace of plastic people live genetically pre-programmed lives
And no-one laughs and no-one cries

Blinded by science the masses are duped and deceived
By the faces that smile from their color TV's
They'll steal your dreams, remove them surgically
But leave you scars so deep and lasting
God is dead, man has surpassed him

Like children in our playground we contrive such foolish games
But fail to see the consequence of suicidal aims
No matter how we bend the rules there's no way we can win
Not even pleading ignorance will vindicate our sins

I am human! I was made to be the ultimate machine
With the power at my fingertips to realise my dream
Homo Sapiens, the master race
Nature's pride and joy
Taking all the world will give me
What it won't I shall destroy

Mankind a babe in arms
Believes he's come of age
And reaches for the stars
With one foot in the grave

I am human! I was made to be the ultimate machine
I am human! I have the power to realise my dream
I am human! An automaton - a mindless techno slave
I am human! I am servant to the monsters I have made
I am human!

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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.