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OLD MAN ATOM (aka TALKING ATOMIC BLUES) (Vern Partlow / Irving Bibo) Sons Of The Pioneers - 1950 Sam Hinton - 1950 The Weavers - 1950 (Wheeeeeeeeeee! - Sound of bomb dropping) (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini) I'm gonna preach you all a sermon about Old Man Atom, that's me I don't mean the Adam in the Bible datum I don't mean the Adam that Mother Eve elated I mean the thing that science liberated The thing that Einstein says he's scared of And when Einstein's scared, brother, you'd better be scared If you're scared of the Atom Here's what you gotta do You got to get all the people in the world with you 'Cause if you don't get together and do it Well, first thing you know I'm gonna blow this world plum through (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini) Now, life used to be such a simple joy My cyclotron was just a super toy And folks got born, they'd work and marry And 'Atom' was a word in the dictionary And then it happened The science boys from every clime They all pitched in with overtime And before they knew it, the thing was done And they'd hitched up the power of the gosh-durn sun And put a harness on Old Sol Splittin' atoms while the diplomats was splittin' hairs (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini) But the Atom's here in spite of hysteria Flourishes in Utah, as well as Siberia And whether you're black, white, red or brown The question is this when you boil it down To be or not to be, that's the question The answer to it all ain't military datum Like who gets there firstest with the mostest atoms No, the people of the World must decide their fate They gotta get together or disintegrate I hold this truth to be self-evident That all men may be cremated equal (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini) Yes, it's up to the people, 'cause atoms don't care You can't fence me in, I'm just like air I don't give a hoot about any politics Or who got what into whatever fix All I wanta to do is sit around And have my nucleus bombarded by neutrons Now the moral is this, just as plain as day That Old Man Atom is here to stay I'm gonna stick around, and that's for true But, ah, my dearly beloved, are you? So, listen folks, here is my thesis Peace in the world, or the world in pieces! (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini) (Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!) (Transcribed from the Sons Of The Pioneers recording by Mel Priddle - March 2009)

    


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