The six o'clock news

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I gotta resist the urge to follow the news


I gotta resist the urge to follow the news

when I crave it like a cigarette

The radio beckons me,

ignorance threatens me

and I’ve got one eye on a blank TV set


What if the world fell apart today?

What if disaster opened the door?

What of my future’s been stolen away?

What is less and what is more?


Do I need to fear famine?

Should I prepare for war?

Are the borders closing?

Is there currency anymore?


The news at six o’clock is all I got

The news at six o’clock is all I got


All I got to keep me level

All I got to keep me sane

And its absence is a devil

Digging holes into my brain


I fear floods and earthquakes,

droughts and tidal waves

I imagine no more birthdays,

I envision mass graves


I picture governments falling,

the Prime Minister without shoes


I gotta resist the urge to follow the news.




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