The Greatest Show On Earth

Nightwish

1.) Four Point Six

Archaean horizon The first sunrise On a pristine Gaea Opus perfectum Somewhere there, us sleeping

2.) Life

The cosmic law of gravity Pulled the newborns around a fire A careless, cold infinity in every vast direction Lonely farer in the Goldilocks zone She has a tale to tell From the stellar nursery into a carbon feast Enter LUCA

The tapestry of chemistry There’s a writing in the garden Leading us to the Mother of all

We are one We are a universe Forbears of what will be Scions of the Devonian sea Aeons pass Writing the tale of us all A day-to-day new opening For the greatest show on Earth

Ion channels welcoming the outside world To the stuff of stars Bedding the tree of a biological holy Enter life

We are here to care for the garden The wonder of birth Of every form most beautiful

3.) The Toolmaker

After a billion years The show is still here Not a single one of your fathers died young The handy travelers Out of Africa Little Lucy of the Afar

Gave birth to fantasy To idolatry To self-destructive weaponry Enter the god of gaps Deep within the past Atavistic dread of the hunted

Enter Ionia, the cradle of thought The architecture of understanding The human lust to feel so exceptional To rule the Earth

Hunger for shiny rocks For giant mushroom clouds The will to do just as you’d be done by Enter history, the grand finale Enter Ratkind

Man, he took his time in the sun Had a dream to understand A single grain of sand He gave birth to poetry But one day’ll cease to be Greet the last light of the library

We were here! We were here! We were here! We were here!

4.) The Understanding

5.) Sea-Worn Driftwood


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