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Plutonium, song lyrics

Song: Plutonium
Lyrics: Malvina Reynolds(1)

Music: Malvina Reynolds
Year: 1975
Genre: Folk Music
Country: USA


Plutonium(2) is a business,
The business people say.
A cupful of Plutonium
Could sweep the world away.
But atom plants are business,
With Plutonium on the side,
And business will keep going,
Although all the world has died.

(CHORUS:)
Make way for business,
They go where they will go.
If business wants Plutonium,
Who's going to say them no.

The AEC(3) announces,
A Pluto-economy,
Plutonium on railroad cars,
And on the ships at sea.
Railroad cars they jump the tracks,
And freighters they collide,
And business will keep going
Although all the world has died.
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(CHORUS)

There never was Plutonium
Since all the world began,
But now it's a by-product
Of the cleverness of Man.
Half-life of twenty thousand years,
And there's no place to hide,
And business will keep going
Although all the world has died.
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(CHORUS)

A whiff of that Plutonium;
No city can survive,
But P.R.(4) men can make it smell
Like Chanel Number Five(5).
I sing this song to warn us all
While we still move around,
Cause business goes the way it goes
Unless we cut them down.

(LAST CHORUS:)
Somebody's got to stop them,
Children, that's me and you.
And if some of us go down fighting,
If some of us go down fighting,
If some of us go down fighting,
That's a cleaner way to go.

Notes:

1 - Malvina Reynolds on Wikipedia. This song is posted with permission of her daughter Nancy Schimmel.

2 - Toxic Substances Portal - Plutonium from the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

3 - United States Atomic Energy Commission history from the US department of Energy.

4 - P.R. or "public relations"

5 - Chanel Number Five is a perfume.