The Age of Big Business

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This is a campfire story, told at some undetermined time in the future, after our civilization is long gone. People gather to ask the elders to relate their knowledge of the lost civilization that produced such marvels, but that also left such destruction in its wake. What stories do they tell? How do they remember us? That is what this song is about.
The imagery in the chorus was also inspired by Rebecca Solnit's "A Field Guide to Getting Lost," where she discussed a yearning for the "blue of distance" and I transposed that into a yearning for a lost and possibly great past on the part of the narrator.

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Let me tell you about the age of Big Business: that long forgotten corporate lore. They worshipped at the feet of High Finance: exalted rich and the forsaken poor. The sacred ritual of consumers: that pilgrimage to the Big Box Store.

It's long gone into that band of blue. How I long to see that blue world true. Far beyond into that distant hue. But they left us alone.

Let me tell you about the age of great magic: the whole world was at their command. Although the end results were tragic, the power and the glory were grand. Interconnected market planet protected by the Invisible Hand.

It's long gone into that band of blue. How I long to see that blue world true. Far beyond into that distant hue. But they left us alone.

[I don't look back on history with ease, even with great things that happened, those fabulous times.]

Their ruined cities remain. Casting long shadows, so strange. The towers glimmer so beautiful against that setting sun. The ghostly fingers of the great and powerful ancient ones. And I pray to them: Come Back.

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from Come See the Future, released May 19, 2017
Lyrics: Rex
Music: The Autocorrect

Drums, Vocals: Rex
Synths: Andy
Guitar, Bass: Richard

Vocals (Background): Latrelle Bright

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