10,000 Maniacs – National Education Week Lyrics

Honor salute and speak
To the corner standing flag
Do you remember how
The days of school were
Indivisible separate worlds

Compare contrast
These dreams absurd
Placid classroom faces
Breathe in the features
Of a demographics death map trilogy

Children read them well
Not to bury 3 of 4 sons
As the likes of chivalry
Not to take 6 of 30 bills
To manufacture Corpus Christi

And so you think it can be so serene
History’s most intolerable famine
Has clutched our global tranquility
Reaped the lives of children
Maladies collaborate
With cyclic despair

Infanticide clamors to 20 times more
In 4th and 5th Worlds
The poor have always been
Beside us, amid us

Death has always been
As million cease 15 million
That’s an annual reap
Add divide multiply sum 41 thousand

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