The Kids Don't Know

by Science Book

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Jack and Jill went up the hill
And there espied Chicago
A million spires
All funeral pyres
To Adam and Eden of old

“Jack,” said Jill, “be of goodwill
“Our youth will stay disaster”
But Jack lost his foot in the mud
Fell awreck in his blood
At the foot of the mountain unmastered

Oh hey-oh!
Oh hey-oh!
Kids don’t you know?
It’s a terrible world out there

A boy with a flower shouts up Willis tower:
“Rapunzel, oh let down your hair!”
But the guard at the door
Says, “No permits in order?
Son, you can’t see her up there”

Riding Hood cuts through the wood
Of glass and steel impassive
Her steps realigned
So informed by the wine
Offered up to the young and attractive

She leans on the shoulder
Of someone much older
A lumberjack missing his axe

She slurs unafraid
As his claws find her waist,
“My, what powerful teeth you have”

Oh hey-oh!
Oh hey-oh!
Kids don’t you know?
It’s a terrible world out there

The sun don’t shine
And the grass don’t grow
Oh what do you know
Of the world out there?

I said, “Tell me the way to the beanstalk
“I wanna talk to the giant tonight
Of Red and of Jill
Who lost Jack on the hill
This city he owns ain’t right”

The giant was leathered
By years of the weather
Enthroned on his treasures of yore

He said:

“I once was like you
I once was like you

I once was like you
Spoke of beauty and truth
But the world ain’t that smooth
When you’ve something to lose
I don’t care for your kind no more”

Oh hey-oh!
Oh hey-oh!
Kids don’t you know?
It’s a terrible world out there

Oh howling walls of snow
The kids don’t know
It’s a terrible world out there


released October 25, 2016
Written, arranged, recorded, and mixed by E.B. Madsen

Electric Cello: Vela Farquharson
Guitar and Backing Vocals: Tim Novak
Samples, Keys, and Vocals: E.B. Madsen


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Science Book Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Cars and Elvis Costello had a baby. Sam Cooke was godfather. It got into computers and bought a cheap synthesizer. It drinks with Warren Zevon, and sobers up with Marshall Crenshaw. It likes to dance sometimes. Becka sings. Brett makes the sounds and writes the songs. They're both classically trained — Becka's a soprano; Brett's a composer. Science Book is their laboratory. ... more

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