Somebody's World

from by Phil Mills

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Science, history, fiction, and statistics combine in a song about what the end of the world might mean in different contexts.


A comet hit an unknown world,
Life beginning in its sea,
With the power of a million million
Tons of T-N-T.
The flame, in height, reached 20 times
Our own Earth's atmosphere
But you never know, life might come back;
Check in sixty million years

It takes twenty-two digits to count all stars
That, from Earth, we could possibly see.
If you want to number potential planets,
You'll have to use twenty-three.
Whether supernovas or meteor strikes
Or angry, petulant gods,
If somebody's world ended yesterday,
It's not against the odds.

Old Hitler has many analogues
So do Stalin and Pol Pot
Throughout societies in space
And some were never stopped.
There a world destroyed, there a world enslaved,
Here one communal grave.
We can only imagine there were stories told
Of the silent or the brave.


Down the street, at the end of the block,
There, a man stands on his lawn.
Twelve hours ago the police cars left;
And the ambulance is long gone.
The broken doll, on the edge of the road
Has the only wounds that show.
Somebody's world ended yesterday
And I thought you ought to know.


If somebody's world ended yesterday,
It's not against the odds.


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Phil Mills – lead vocal, acoustic guitar


tags: pop filk Toronto


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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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