We Can Run But We Can’t Hide

First perfromed by the Grateful Dead 02/05/1989. Seems like a fitting tune to ride out 2012 on. Can be streamed here

“We Can Run But We Can’t Hide”

Words by John Perry Barlow; music by Brent Mydland

We don’t own this place, though we act as if we did,

It’s a loan from the children of our children’s kids.

The actual owners haven’t even been born yet.


But we never tend the garden and rarely we pay the rent,

Some of it is broken and the rest of it is bent

Put it all on plastic and I wonder where we’ll be when the bills hit.



We can run,

But we can’t hide from it.

Of all possible worlds,

We only got one:

We gotta to ride on it.

Whatever we’ve done,

We’ll never get far from what we leave behind,

Baby, we can run, run, run, but we can’t hide.

Oh no, we can’t hide.


I’m dumpin’ my trash in your back yard

Makin’ certain you don’t notice really isn’t so hard

You’re so busy with your guns and all of your excuses to use them.


Well, it’s oil for the rich and babies for the poor,

We got everyone believin’ that more is more,

If a reckoning comes, maybe we will know what to do then.



All these complications seem to leave no choice,

I heard the tongues of billions speak with just one voice,

Saying, “Just leave all the rest to me,

I need it worse than you, you see.”

And then I heard…

The sound of one child crying.


Today I went walking in the amber wind,

There’s a hole in the sky where the light pours in

I remembered the days when I wasn’t afraid of the sunshine.


But now it beats down on the asphalt land

Like a hammering blow from God’s left hand

What little still grows cringes in the shade like a bad vine.



About drugsandotherthings

I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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