Ballad of a Zombie

from Bright Future by Baba Brinkman

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It’s the ballad of a zombie…
Like a slave to a parasite…

I got a hatchet and I’m buryin’ it
It’s the lament of a zombified marionette
I feel my limbs moving, but I’m unaware of intent
Like there’s somethin’ parasitic in them

I can’t escape!

Inexplicable forces got me sprinklin’ spores
Just like a bullet ant infected with Ophiocordyceps
Grippin’ a branch, fungus rippin’ my cortex
Every leaf in the forest littered with corpses

I can relate!

Parasitic organisms promote their fitness
At the expense of a host, and evolve to control them better
And hosts evolve defenses, to protect their own interests
And fall victim to novel stimuli, like scrollin’ Twitter

Hijacked!

Hi, Jack, you got me screenified
Hits of dopamine arrive, extended phenotype
Retweets and likes, keepin’ eyes locked
Like a green-banded broodsac worm in a snail’s eyestalk

So this goes out
To all the profiles I stalk…

It’s the Ballad of a Zombie
I don’t know who’s in control
But it’s not me

Ballad of a Zombie
I feel an urgent pull
And it’s got me

Feelin’ like a zombie
Like a slave to a parasite
(Gotta get it off me)

Brains
Got me actin’ wonky
Ballad of a Zombie

Zombified for the thrill of it, jacked on euphoria
Cicadas high on psilocybin drippin’ Massospora
Abdomen a mass of spores, junk completely gone
And all they wanna do is get their freak on

To the zombie theme song, a parasitic meme song
Apparently we evolved to pass genes and these on
Over eons, ideas, beliefs, thoughts, true or not
You’re nothin’ to them but a cockroach to a jewel wasp

And yeah, some of those memes do keep you alive
Just long enough for their progeny to eat your insides
Defend your beliefs ’til you die, despite the blunt trauma
Like a caterpillar defending a pupating wasp larva

Horrible, but part of our lives, unignorable
Posting articles online ‘cause someone called you “deplorable”
Curating your feed when you’re the feed, the product being sold
Like a crab grooming a sack of Sacculina barnacles

Shout out to everyone
Who’s ever been part of a cult

It’s the Ballad of a Zombie
I don’t know who’s in control
It’s not me, but it’s got me
In it’s urgent pull

Feelin’ like a slave, a parasite
I’m feelin’ wonky tonight
No I don’t feel quite right
Zombie

Okay, parasitic relationships aren’t all bad
I have kids to answer to, I’m the one they call “dad”
So I provide – takin’ out the garbage at night
Fully aware that my relations are makin’ me zombified

I love my wife, that’s exactly how I get manipulated
Reciprocal altruism doesn’t begin to explain it
Full cooperation even unenvenomated
Domesticated, cheater-detection system disabled

Like, “I get it, she’s got all types of cares to avoid”
Like a Russian Doll, baby, hyperparasitoids
With fleas biting fleas with smaller fleas to bite ‘em
And even me biting scientists, ad infinitum

So what are we? Nothin’ but lambs to the slaughter?
Nothin’ but crickets led by Mermithid worms to the water?
Nah, ‘cause we can skeptically see when we’re zombified
And sometimes wake up when things are out of line

So bring on the bite…

Braaiiiins!

It’s the Ballad of a Zombie
I don’t know who’s in control
But it’s not me

Ballad of a Zombie
I feel an urgent pull
And it’s got me

Feelin’ like a zombie
Like a slave to a parasite
(Gotta get it off me)

Brains
Got me actin’ wonky
Ballad of a Zombie

This is the Ballad
Of a Zombie
I don’t know
Who it is in control
But it ain’t me, oh no

Just like a slave
To a parasite, I
Am feeling the urgent pull
The Ballad of a Zombie

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from Bright Future, track released October 12, 2020
Written by: D. Brinkman, A. Ross, J. Simmonds
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Chorus Vocals by Aaron Ross

Scientific Consultation by Athena Aktipis and Dr. Joe Alcock

Made with support from the Zombified Podcast
www.zombified.org

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