END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT – Revised | First version gated as “offensive”

For inquiring minds, here’s the "offensive" version

Written and Performed by Don Caron
Executive Producers Sally Headley and Jerry Pender

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LYRICS to END OF THE WORLD

Ice melts, glacier crash
Polar melting makes a splash
Water levels start to rise
Devastation no surprise
Earth getting warmer still
Swallow that denial pill
All the crimes all the fraud
Never see a single trial
Reality has been denied to avoid the change
Where’s the leader to be found?
He’s on the driving range.
Pandemic opportunities, money to be made
Slow burning coup by questioning election
High Court falls right

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
And I feel fine.

Trump says he won’t leave
Loving the dictatorships
Swallow sugar fat and salt
Eating Lay’s potato chips
Name displayed on edifice
Funnel money to himself
Use the office for his profit
No one has the will to stop it

Constant need of flattery
Defending the debauchery
Hating on the press corp
Says reporters should be jailed
Don’t know what the courts are for
Coffin of the country nailed
Knee on neck
Team by team reporters baffled
Trumped, tethered, cropped
We gotta make it stop
Fake news, he says when he lies
Flying on a lie-wheel
Takes a team to correct him when he speaks his mind
Hypocrisy without shame
poisoning democracy
Transfer of power
it’s a night fight
Slow burning coup by questioning election
High Court falls right

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
And I feel fine.
And I feel fine.

Coronavirus got the globe
If you don’t have it it ain’t real
Hydroxychloroquine’s a cure
No science needed just a feeling
Single bias incidents rising with the ocean tide
Talk a lot and be sure to lie about the other side
Tell me what I think so you can think that you are right
Right.Right? Right! Right.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
And I feel fine.

ABOUT THE SOURCE MUSIC
"It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is a song by American rock band R.E.M., which first appeared on their 1987 album Document. It was released as the album’s second single in November 1987, reaching No. 69 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching No. 39 on the UK Singles Chart on its re-release in December 1991.

The track is known for its quick flying, seemingly stream of consciousness rant with a number of diverse references, such as a quartet of individuals with the initials "L.B.": Leonard Bernstein, Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs. In a 1990s interview with Musician magazine, R.E.M.’s lead singer Michael Stipe claimed that the "L.B." references came from a dream he had in which he found himself at a party surrounded by famous people who all shared those initials. "The words come from everywhere," Stipe explained to Q Magazine in 1992. "I’m extremely aware of everything around me, whether I am in a sleeping state, awake, dream-state or just in day to day life, so that ended up in the song along with a lot of stuff I’d seen when I was flipping TV channels. It’s a collection of streams of consciousness."

The song was played repeatedly for a 24-hour period (with brief promos interspersed) to introduce the new format for WENZ 107.9 FM "The End", a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1992. When the station underwent a new format change in 1996, they again played the song in 24-hour loop. There was a documentary film made about the station entitled The End of the World As We Knew It, released in 2009, which featured many of the former staffers and jocks.

The song was featured in several satirical videos on YouTube, in connection with the prediction of radio pastor Harold Camping of Family Radio, that the world would end on May 21, 2011 (with earthquakes rolling around the world in each time zone; "that’s great, it starts with an earthquake". A Philadelphia radio station formerly owned by Camping stunted its new format by repeatedly playing the song.) Also, before the supposed Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012, sales for the song jumped from 3,000 to 19,000 copies for the week.

Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the song received an increase in downloads and streaming in March 2020 alongside other apocalypse and sickness themed songs. Online downloads of the song rose 184 percent and streams rose 48 percent.
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