[ti:The Atom] [ar:Ani DiFranco] [al:Red Letter Year] [00:02.00]Ani DiFranco - The Atom [00:12.00] [00:41.11]the glory of the atom [00:45.57]begs a reverent word [00:48.52]the primary design of the whole universe [00:55.31]let us sing its praises [00:58.38]let us bow our heads in prayer [01:01.59]at the magnificent consciousness [01:04.44]incarnate there [01:07.16] [01:08.55]the smallest unit of matter [01:12.81]with its orbiting electrons [01:15.72]echoing off the solar system [01:18.78]like a hawk in the hills at dawn [01:22.05]the smallest unit of matter [01:25.70]uniting bird and rock and tree [01:29.23]and you and me [01:31.44] [01:35.54]oh holy is the atom [01:40.74]the truly intelligent design [01:43.52]to which all of evolution [01:46.52]is graciously aligned [01:49.92]the one single structure [01:53.27]to which everything distills [01:56.77]the air, the wood smoke there, and the hills [02:02.36] [02:03.92]oh leave me here surrounded [02:08.53]by everything that's real [02:11.26]far outside the boundaries [02:14.32]of the digitized ordeal [02:17.81]leave me here awake [02:21.34]leave me here to heal [02:26.70] [02:30.63]human beings are a cross [02:34.02]between monkeys and ants [02:37.61]you can see us from your spaceship [02:40.78]melting the polar ice caps with our arrogance [02:44.64]summon a congress of angels [02:47.77]dressed in riot gear [02:51.48]we've got ourselves a serious situation down here [02:57.92] [03:22.28]i had a great great uncle [03:25.76]who worked on the atomic bomb [03:29.30]he got a nobel prize in physics [03:32.90]and a place in this song [03:36.09]and i bet there were no windows [03:38.71]and no women in the room [03:42.39]when they applied themselves to the pure [03:46.23]science of doom [03:48.97] [03:50.51]messing with the atom [03:53.33]is the highest form of blasphemy [03:56.34]whether you are making weapons [04:00.00]or simply electricity [04:02.47]someone fashion me a pulpit [04:06.64]i have been called to engage [04:09.63]with the maniacal heretics [04:12.96]of the nuclear age [04:16.29] [04:17.35]let the religious get religion [04:20.60]let consumers get a clue [04:23.95]let scientists get perspective [04:27.41]let activists get their due [04:31.20]let industry get a conscience [04:34.22]let the earth inherit the meek [04:37.69]let the divinity of nature speak [04:43.95] [04:45.16]the glory of the atom [04:48.40]begs a reverent word [04:51.61]the primary design [04:54.83]of the whole universe [04:58.32]oh let us sing its praises [05:01.39]let us bow our heads in prayer [05:05.26]at the magnificent consciousness [05:08.15]incarnate there [05:11.79]