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lyrics

It’s been a while since we were livin’ in the wild
We made discoveries; some of these technologies are tough to put down
Same as its ever been, I still remember when I first held a pod in my fingertips
Ten thousand songs plus digital images, plus video and the internet
Tell me, who really wouldn’t want a bit of it? That’s pretty impressive as pods go
So much information takin’ up less space than an avocado
But what’s an avocado? Just another kind of pod with a recipe
For how to make an avocado tree, and a tree knows how to protect its seeds
It’s armoured well in a hard shell in case the pod’s in jeopardy
So what’s it gonna take to regenerate now that the wild’s in jeopardy?
The wild’s got a memory; it’s written in a script called DNA
In a gene, in a cell, in a seed, and it will regrow, it knows how to reawaken
Even when the land is slashed and burned and turned to ashes
The seeds can bring it back to green again and be replanted
The seeds are the key, we can freeze them and keep them in vaults up in the arctic
And the children of tomorrow can retrieve them from that darkness
When they look back on the legacy we left them, and the biodiversity loss
On earth, and they wanna go wild again, they can turn to the seeds in their pods
But animals aren’t so easy to preserve in pods and save for the future
They need the wild, which means the wild needs to recruit ya

We can’t go back to the wild
But we can give it a chance to rebound
Put a seed in the hands of a child
And see what branches out

We can’t go back to the wild
But we can give it a chance to rebound
Put a seedpod in the hands of a child
And see what branches out

It might be that before long we can store all the gene sequences
For every living thing inside a pod with details of how creatures live
Space travellers can take those pods with them on trips and synthesize
A brand new wilderness on a new planet from just info that’s digitized
The history of everything will be written in a Wikipedia archive
Inside this incredible future pod with a mega-giga-jigga-bit hard drive
Every book, every magazine, every little blog, every word ever written, every blueprint
So future civilizations learn what it meant to live on earth and be human
Which means they’ll have a record of you and what you did in 2015
And how your actions led to the death or the preservation of other living things
So what’s it gonna be? When the future computers engrave our legacy
Is this the time when the wild came back, or does it remain an age of infamy
Well that depends on me, and depends on you, and now what happens
We can keep the wild intact or foul it up with our actions
Our fates are interconnected with sea lions and tree frogs
And life on earth abides, preserved inside the curves of seed pods

We can’t go back to the wild
But we can give it a chance to rebound
Put a seed in the hands of a child
And see what branches out

We can’t go back to the wild
But we can give it a chance to rebound
Put a seedpod in the hands of a child
And see what branches out

credits

from The Rap Guide to Wilderness, released December 16, 2014
Written by D. Brinkman and T. Caruana
Rap by Baba Brinkman
Produced by Tom Caruana
Additional Production and Mix by Lin Gardiner
Keys by Simon Kendall

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