Richard Shindell

Satellites

from Careless

Fire on the thoroughfare - no one's going anywhere
They say these are but the vestiges, their banners look like bandages
A marytyr's face, an acronym - beat the drum and sing the hymn
Struggle red and bible black - the riot squad is holding back

The nation lost an industry, someone closed a factory
The decision, unilateral, the damage done, collateral
The president was in a pinch: budget cuts or start to print
Basis points gone through the roof, now what's a head of state to do?

High above without a sound
The satellites keep going round

An astronaut, the cameraman is drifting out in no man's land
Tethered to the studio - Houston we are good to go
The hungry eye has got the feed, producer's getting what he needs
The anchor asks: "will government cave in to local discontent?”

High above without a sound
The satellites keep going round

LCDs on trading floors in living rooms, appliance stores
LCDs at S&P, Moody's and Fidelity
Somewhere there's an average Joe opening an envelop
Somewhere a retiree is staring at a balance sheet

High above without a sound
The satellites keep going round

updated: 9 months ago