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Said the music fan to the music fan,
“Do you hear what I hear? Do you hear what I hear?
It sounds like nothing I have ever heard.
Do you hear what I hear? Do you hear what I hear?
I would like to buy your new CD and a T-shirt, but only if it’s cheap -
and a T-shirt but only if it’s cheap.”

Said the touring band to the music fan,
“Do you know what I know? Do you know what I know?
All the cash we get goes into gas.
Do you know what I know? Do you know what I know?
We must drive if the tour’s to survive and all that gas we buy burns up into the sky.”
All that gas we burn goes up into the sky.

Said the old man to the music fan,
“Do you see what I see? Do you see what I see?
Up there on that stage, little man.
Do you see what I see? Do you see what I see?
A star - a star - driving in her car. He’ll get close and then they’ll get far.”
We’ll go close and then you’ll go far.

Said the old band to the old man,
“Do you know what I am? Do you know what I am
just in terms of the economy?
Do you know what I am? Do you know what I am?
I’ve become a fundraising machine for the oil and gas industry.”
We’re a part of the oil industry.

Said the future plans to the music band,
“Listen to what I say! Listen to what I say,
because I am from the future, understand.
Listen to what I say! Listen to what I say!
Your songs are gone but your legacy lives on, the exhaust from your van is in the smog.”
The exhaust from your van will carry on.

credits

from The Cost of Music / Bible Belts, track released September 20, 2008
Written by Collapsing Opposites.
Ryan McCormick sang, played saxophone and guitar, and recorded the strings and vocals.
Laura Hatfield played drums.
Jarrett Evan Samson played bass.
Chris Alscher played Rhodes keyboard.
Patrick Geraghty played glockenspiel and tubular bells.
Anju Singh played cello, viola, and violin.
Group vocals by Amanda Pezzutto, Amanda Thomson, Carly Ramsey, Austin McCormick, Beshele Caron, David Mattatall, Jarrett Evan Samson, Jason Reizner, Jessica Wilkin, Karina Larocque, Laura Hatfield, Patrick Geraghty, Robin Anderson, and Will Pedley.
Recording of drums, bass, and guitar by Mike Gittens at The Hive, Burnaby BC.
Mixing and recording of group vocals and bells by Scott Bell at Morningsong, Vancouver BC.
Recorded Summer 2008.

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