Whodunnit

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lyrics

When we stopped
seeing Iraq and Syria’s problems
in the news it was a clue
to some serious problems.
A mere year after
one the world’s worst tsunamis,
we forget Fukushima,
eating fish fingers calmly.
Remind me how many wars
are still raging?
From Congo to the Ukraine,
Bangui, Bangkok, Bahrain,
Rio, Tegucigalpa, Gaza, Libya,
not trivia but the news we see
couldn’t be sillier.
Consider for a minute
what’s in it for networks;
when ratings grow higher
then so does their net worth.
It’s all about ads and fads,
it’s so sad;
viewer fatigue, a story takes
a second to go bad
but rarely gets solved,
it often evolves and falls in the lap
of those caught in the collective memory loss trap.
Watching, reading, hearing
and consuming more crap;
hooked on bad news so bad
it’s like crack is back.

What happened last week ?
Another attack ?
Where’d it happen ? I don’t know,
I didn’t read the caption.
Why, how, whodunnit ?
Who cares, who knows ?
We just see what we want
like the Emperor’s clothes.

Like a Fox in news clothing
or unstable news networks
taking over the sector like soundbites and excerpts
and all the commentary of these so-called experts.
People watchin’ fiction like reading a text hurts.
If you can’t believe your eyes, then what you believe ?
Reporters  don’t tow the line
and are then asked to leave.
It’s tough to disbelieve
a notion once it’s preconceived.
Are they trying to deceive
or are they just naive ?
Pre-packaged, pre-chewed,
pre-digested, no food for thought
store bought tricks up sleeves
like quick fixes.
Xenophobic, racist, misogynistic claims
that our enemies are socialists, foreigners and mystics.
But our enemies are demogogues and even ourselves,
buying their bullshit and whatever’s on the shelves.
All opinions are on sale,
they’re just sticking to scripts.
Misinformants’ll be dormant
once we give ‘em the deep six.

What happened last week ?
Another attack ?
Where’d it happen ? I don’t know,
I didn’t read the caption.
Why, how, whodunnit ?
Who cares, who knows ?
We just see what we want
like the Emperor’s clothes

On the net, no editor,
just competitors for buzz,
no desire to inform or educate
because kids searching for quizzes
and random shit with kittens
It’s all about tits and dicks,
clits and clicks.
Social media like mass media
but seedier intentionally crafted
for being much greedier.
More channels, more crews,
more stories, more news,
more quicker, more better,
a set of the mo’ better blues.

What happened last week ?
Another attack ?
Where’d it happen ? I don’t know,
I didn’t read the caption.
Why, how, whodunnit ?
Who cares, who knows ?
We just see what we want
like the Emperor’s clothes

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from Wake up in the Water, released April 15, 2016

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