Fear is a Road Sign

By Nonjohn (AKA John Tennison)       Copyright 2005

(Written to Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Antonio, Texas; First performed publicly in San Antonio, Texas, on October 22, 2005)

 

(Chorus 1)

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between wisdom and folly.

Which way will we go?

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between happiness and misery.

How will our lives unfold?

 

(Verse 1)

 

Iím not afraid to consider

The things you have to say.

Iím not afraid if you change me

180 the other way.

 

I will keep an open mind

Because I know I might be wrong,

Iím not afraid to let evidence

Change the words to my song.

 

(Chorus 2)

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between wisdom and folly.

Which way will we go?

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between happiness and misery.

How will our lives unfold?

 

(Verse 2)

 

Freedom is not free,

But the lies of war cost more.

Are you more safe or less safe

Than you were before?

 

Yes, freedom is not free,

But the lies of war cost more.

Are you more free or less free

Than you were before?

 

(Chorus 3)

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between wisdom and folly.

Which way will we go?

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between happiness and misery.

How will our lives unfold?

 

 

(Verse 3)

 

Conspiring politicians have got us in a bind.

Hobgoblins are the consistency of their little minds.

Theyíre doomed to repeat their talking points.

They canít think on their feet.

They donít want us to think for ourselves,

So they simplify and repeat.

They donít want us to think for ourselves,

So they simplify and repeat.

 

Some people say the definition

Of ďinsanityĒ ought to be

To do the same thing over and over

And expect a different reality,

But that sounds to me like

a better definition for ďstupidity.Ē

 

 

(Chorus 4)

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between wisdom and folly.

Which way will we go?

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between happiness and misery.

How will our lives unfold?

 

(Verse 4)

 

Misinformation is the most deadly

Weapon of mass destruction.

Garbage-in gives garbage-out,

And massive death production.

 

A single generation of misinformation

Can undo the freedoms of democratic nations.

A single generation of miseducation

Can bring down the pillars of civilizations.

 

(Chorus 5)

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between wisdom and folly.

Which way will we go?

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between happiness and misery.

How will our lives unfold?

 

(Verse 5)

 

Businessmen are dialing for dollars,

While millions of innocents are dying for lies.

Surely thereís a better way

to guarantee good buys.

 

If we follow the money trail

To find those in the know,

We will learn who fabricates false intelligence.

Their heads are going to roll.

 

(Chorus 6)

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between wisdom and folly.

Which way will we go?

 

Fear is a road sign

At a fork in the road

Between happiness and misery.

How will our lives unfold?

 

(Verse 6)

 

You donít have to take a leap of faith

To overcome your fear.

You donít have to believe in anything,

For God to be near.

All you need is good ideas,

And the truth will be here.

 

I know my nights are numbered,

And my days will soon be through.

Iím prepared for my slumber,

But Iím hoping for a few

More moments of meaning,

And time spent loving you,

Because I know my nights are numbered,

And my days will soon be through.

 

So I will face that road sign

At the fork in the road

And Iím prepared to choose

The way I must go.

 


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