sweltering beneath the maples
there's not fleeing this great fire
we still don't lack basics and staples
but we're filled with heat and ire
rules were made and now are broken
hope was born and now has died
we have got only a token
but we know our leader lied
now we have to make the payment
when we have no ready cash
we have torn and smeared our raiment
waiting for the coming crash
all the birds of prey are waiting
for our great final fatal fall
all the while they are debating
if our taste will cloy and pall
messages sing down the wires
while the vermin sit and wait
proving that we all were liars
but that this was merely fate
each of us will tell a story
but we cannot make it nice
we have sought for greater glory
now we have to pay the price
at the last we will be tired
bowed and trembling in the heat
in our lies we have been mired
and soon justice we shall meet
Came to me a frightened spirit, came the spirit of Longfellow,
told me to indite this poem, as a message and a warning:
This is the forest primeval, the towering ravenous creatures
eager to eat hapless humans, haters of the Great Spirit
dwell here in immense numbers, with qualities squamous and rugose.
Dark is the night in the forest, filled with insidious chatter
of beings dark and malignant, hungry for human heartstrings;
long time now they have dwelled here, inside the limitless darkness.
But now they are ready to travel, seeking the blood of the lawful.
Now a voice came to Nokomis, as she readied for a journey,
readied for a troubled journey, full of ignorance and hatred;
said the voice unto Nokomis, do not mention Hiawatha
to the beings of the darkness, to the dark and evil beings.
Hiawatha has to fear them, for they hunger for his beauty,
for Hiawatha's male beauty, do the ugly monsters hunger.
Dread now came upon Nokomis, and she sought to flee the hunger,
flee the hunger of the Shoggoths, deep in rainy Minnesota.
But the Shoggoths were unwearied, on they came for Hiawatha.
Far the hero fled through forest, through the dark forest primeval
never resting from his travels, for a halt would bring his death-blow.
Still the Shoggoth came unwearied, and the evil being Cthulhu
sent his many emanations, through the lakes of that cold forest
seeking to trap Hiawatha, trap the man and eat his spirit.
At last tired Hiawatha, turned to face the coming evils,
faced them with his angry beauty, but his anger was for nothing.
Soon the Shoggoths made their dinner, soon Shub-Niggurath had feasted,
and the vilest demon, Cthulhu, for his lunch had Hiawatha.
in the days when we were trying
with some hope to reach the skies
we knew that some folk were dying
all because they believed lies
now we hear the same old story
and we don't know what to do
there's no honour and less glory
in this stinking devil's brew
in the distance we see fires
with their ghastly reddish glow
but our leaders the great liars
tell us that we just don't know
what the actual situation
is out there in distant land
how we must defend the nation
with the tools we have at hand
in the distance we hear noises
that proclaim the coming storms
we're told that dissenting voices
only injure proper norms
at the last we'll learn the reason
that the conflagration's spread
we will all be charged with treason
for the thoughts inside each head
there's no better time to speak out
as the sun sets in the west
our dear leader is a weak lout
and he's failed at the great test