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The Collector Alaska

Lyrics © 1991 Michael Rubin
Tune: "The Downeaster Alexa" by Billy Joel


Well I'm on the collector Alaska
And I'm cruising through Panama Sound
Brought my diving gear for San Francisco
But tonight I am Hollywood bound

Mined out a nuclear plant by Memphis yesterday
And left this morning down the Missisippi Bay
Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home
Half North America's a tourists-only zone

So I live on my collector Alaska
And I go where resources are found
Heavy metals that hide in the trash-heaps
Of the men who lived tied to this ground

I melt down cities for the copper in their wires
Houses and factories consumed alike in fire
They say there's ghosts here and I ought to let them be
But I've got people back in space who buy from me

So if you see my collector Alaska
Like the whales that once roamed on the waves
Tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis
And I hope there's some pieces to save

[original has bridge instead of this verse]
Tourists in filter masks and G-suits come to gawk
Pretend they're citizens of Frisco and Noo Yawk
It's one big hologram, their real world's zero-grav
This living Earth is just some toys that they can have

Now I drive my collector Alaska
Further past tourist country each year
They won't buy no Earth food 'cause it's dirty
There's no profit in nitrogen here

I was an Earthman like my father was before
Can't make a living as an Earthman anymore
I grind the bones of Mother Planet for my bread
But there ain't no planet where a man can make his bed

(yi yi yi yo ... yi yi yi yo...)

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