Evolution

from Disaffection by Max Eider

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I think humans may represent the point at which Darwin's law gives way to Murphy's (or Sod's if you prefer). Incidentally, since I wrote this song, I discovered that this idea might accidentally have an element of scientific truth. In A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking points out that the second law of thermodynamics, which states that disorder, or entropy, tends to increase with time, is a form of Murphy's law: if it can go wrong, it will. It's the only sentence in that damn book that I understand.

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So you call me sentimental
You talk of nature and of our dominion
Higher moral status: that's your opinion
Oh my oh my

And here comes the revolution
Here comes the machine, here comes cost reduction
Factory farms and units of production
Oh my oh my

So this is evolution
We make tools and tools make us strong
We're self-conscious and we talk, and on two legs we walk
What could possibly go wrong?

And this is civilisation
Fine discernment and nice distinction
Casual slaughter and mass extinction
Oh my oh my

And now the world is warming
The seas are rising and the fires igniting
But that's OK we've got low-energy lighting
Oh my oh my

Maybe it's evolution
We made tools and tools made us strong
We're self-conscious and we talk, we no longer need to walk
Now what could possibly go wrong?

Four billion years, and here we come, lord and master
Just two hundred thousand years, but it's so fast, and it's getting getting faster
So on and on and more and more, I want what you have, it's only fair
Darwin gives way to Murphy's law, so take a bow and say a prayer
Oh me oh my

Yes this is evolution
We make tools and tools make us strong
We're self-conscious and we talk, and on two legs we walk
Now what could possibly go wrong?

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from Disaffection, released October 28, 2010

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