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The Lyrics come from the musical
Paint your Wagon and are best
sung in a gravelly whiskey
throat
God made the mountains,  God made the sky,God made the people,God knows why
He fixed up the planet As best as He could Then in come the people And gum it up good
The first thing you know

They civilized the foothills And everywhere He put hills The mountains and valley below
They come along and take ’em And civilize and make ’em A place where no civilized Person would go
The first thing you know
The first thing you know
They civilize what’s pretty By puttin’ up a city Where nothin’ that’s Pretty can grow
They muddy up the winter And civilize it into A place too uncivilized Even for snow
The first thing you know
They civilize left They civilize right Till nothing is left till nothing is right
They civilize freedom Till no one is free No one except By coincidence, me
The first thing you know
The boozer’s in prison And the criminal he isn’t And only the rascals have dough
When I see a parson I gotta put my arse on  A wagon that follows the tail of a crow
The first thing you know
I pick up and blow!
The first thing you know

This song/poem is just so true. Why is it that people just can’t seem to get it right. Our mythology is full of warnings. We seem to start out in paradise and end up in hell every time. Why are we so stupid? What is it that makes us hate instead of love? What makes us destroy instead of create? Why do we bring death instead of life?

Somebody, anybody give me even a hint of an answer… Please!
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