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Lyin' and Delayin'

“But no one is buyin' when for money you be lyin'.”

 

At this point in the conversation, I couldn’t resist the temptation to break in with a song I had written a few years back, at a time when the debate over man-made ‘climate change’ — climate destabilization, more accurately — was peaking. Of course, the basic facts about climate change have been clear for many decades: 1. The global burning of fossil fuels injects massive amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 2. All that extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere alters its chemical composition. 3. This chemically altered atmosphere traps ever greater amounts of heat from the sun. That basic science has been pitted, for far too long, against corporate misinformation campaigns and collective denialism and delay tactics around this most inconvenient of truths.

 

I struck a loud, assertive opening chord to disrupt the flow of conversation and then sang out:

 

The things they be sayin’, got you down
The things they be sayin’ got you so down
But lyin’ and delayin’ 

Ain’t no way to be playin’
When the things they be sayin’ got you down

 

You say that you still have so much doubt
Yeah you say that the jury is still out
But no one is buyin’

When for money, you be lyin’
The things they be sayin’ got you down

 

You say the time is much too late
You say that the burden is much too great
But have you no notion

‘Bout people in motion

The things they be sayin’ got you down

 

The things they be sayin’, got you down
The things they be sayin’ got you so down
But lyin’ and delayin’

Ain’t no way to be playin’
When the things they be sayin’ got you down

 

Jack loved the tune,

 

“Right on, Rico!”

 

Clara sneered and responded,

 

“If we are changing the climate through our actions on this planet, then it is simply God’s will. Let it be; He’s in control.

 

Tucker chimed in mockingly, raising a shaky glass as he said,

 

I’ll drink to that! All the more reason to party on 'til the End Times. Care to party with me, Clarita?”

 

Clara fired back, clearly annoyed at his cutting sarcasm, but not altogether immune from his raw sex appeal,

 

“There’s a special place reserved for people like you, Tucker.”

I'm not sure she really believed that.

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