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We built an ark out of balsa
packed it up with creatures to the brim
two by two with elephants and wooly mammoths
Brontosauruses and hummingbirds, protozoa and bacteria
Sure enough that night we hit an iceberg
Turned out none of them could swim!
‘Bout half the species made it to the lifeboats
the other half, well, pour out yr drink for them
‘Cause nobody know what came before us
Nobody knows all the things that there could be
There never was a brontosaurus
Never was a you and me

We built a philosophic framework
Out of vaguely pre-defined ideals
We wound up all our wind-up businessmen
and watched them go round making deals
And while you and the man on the screen in the corner
engage in intellectual debate
I’ll be over here just making a small fortune
taking bets on the future of the democratic state
‘cause nobody know what came before us
Nobody knows all the things that there could be
There never was a brontosaurus
There never was a human being

We built the case for evolution
We laid the framework from within
We did not call for violent revolution
We only fought the battles that we knew that we could win
And when it comes to fill the lifeboats
Everybody knows you got to take the children first
and then the protozoa and bacteria
and the charismatic megafauna mostly die of thirst
‘cause nobody knows what came before us
Nobody knows all the things that there could be
There never was a brontosaurus
There never was a you and me

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from Former Lives, released May 19, 2016

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Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals Seattle, Washington

Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals is a six-piece folk-apocalypse band from Seattle, WA, featuring cello, violin, theremin, bucket drumming, and four-part harmonies, not to mention heartfelt songs about love, life, and the end of the world. DL&PI has been bringing their cacophonous blend of indie rock, folk, punk, country, and jazz to the barrooms and bedrooms of the Puget Sound since 2012. ... more

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