lifeblood: songs: up in smoke


they took away my garden
to make room for a chemical plant
i feel my country's arteries harden
with the aid of a government grant
we are not a bunch of upstarts
just out looking for a cause
we hunger for our justice
and not applause
we don't just make peace signs and meditate
we don't take this thing as a joke
we just want to relate
we're in a pretty bad state
and we don't want to go up in smoke

my water has got cancer
and the rivers have all dried
while i watch my country practice
nuclear suicide
we are not a bunch of upstarts
(we are not a bunch of upstarts)
just out looking for a cause
(for a cause)
we hunger for our justice
and not applause
(not applause)
we don't just make peace signs and meditate
we don't take this thing as a joke
we just want to relate
we're in a pretty bad state
we don't want to go up in smoke

i don't think it's impossible
to see this thing come clean
yeah we're going to save this poor old world's head
from the guillotine
ah no we are not a bunch of upstarts
(we are not a bunch of upstarts)
just out looking for a cause
(for a cause)
we hunger for our justice
and not applause
(not applause)
we don't just make peace signs and meditate
we don't take this thing as a joke
we just want to relate
we're in a pretty bad state
we don't want to go up in smoke

ah
ah
ah no

well they took away my garden wall
(my water has got cancer)
make room for a chemical plant
(the rivers have all dried)
i feel my country's arteries harden
(i watch my country practice nuclear suicide)
it's nuclear suicide
(nuclear suicide)
we are not a bunch of upstarts
just out looking for a cause
we hunger for our justice
and not applause
(not applause)
we don't just make peace signs and meditate
we don't take this thing as a joke
we just want to relate
we're in a pretty bad state
we don't want to go up in smoke

don't want to see our children
(don't want to see our children)
don't want to see our children
(go up in smoke)
go up in
oh you know we all
(oh no)
oh
children

words and music by emily saliers
as performed in a studio outtake


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