Friday, February 10, 2017

Dear Alaska, I Rewrote This Billy Joel Song Just for You

Sarah Palin, Seward’s Day, Glacier Brewhouse, Santa’s sleigh
North Pacific, Wally Hickel, 20 feet of snow

Frank Murkowski, Eagle, Chicken, documentary television
Unalaska, Alyeska, North Star, Alpenglow.

Icebergs, weathered-in, Captain Cook, seal skin
Elizabeth Peratrovich, prospectors who struck it rich

Bering Sea land bridge, Captain Cook, Juneau ridge
Alcan, Pipeline, Prudhoe Bay running dry

We didn't start the fire
Now the planet’s burning
And it's quite concerning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Iditarod, Fairbanks, Sourdoughs, bearded cranks
Fir trees, tsunamis, sediment, rock

Grounded Exxon Valdez, farm-to-table goat cheese
Giant cabbage, earthquake damage, legislative gridlock

Pebble Mine, sockeye streams, don’t read Going to Extremes,
Glaciers melting, John McPhee, cruise ship head tax, PFD

Russian Mission, Yukon Quest, volcanic ash, survival vest
Humpback whales, mating moose, trouble down in Juneau!

We didn't start the fire
Now the planet’s burning
And it's quite concerning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Tourist season, fishing boats, permafrost, Kids Don’t Float
Naknek, Choose Respect, bridge to somewhere we suspect

Legal weed, Dimond Mall, Midnight Sun baseball
Denali, ice fog, homicide, avalanche, landslide

Warren Miller, Yup’ik, Heritage, oil slick
Barge it up, ship it here, never to a P.O.

Aleut, potlatch, blanket toss, Dispatch
Tlingit-Haida, freezeup, Gussuks in the Delta!

We didn't start the fire
Now the planet’s burning
And it's quite concerning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight ii

Visqueen, Uncle Ted, umiak, homestead
Inupiaq, over-reach, Japanese invasion

Stars of gold, field of blue, stepping in some grizzly poo
Crab pots, beaver dams, mudflats, razor clams

Eielson, Fort Rich, F-150 in a ditch
Alaska Day, furloughed pay, what else do I have to say?

We didn't start the fire
Now the planet’s burning
And we’re anti-learning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

X-tra Tuffs, TB, epidemiology
Buckshot, Railbelt, bureaucrats, mold rot

Iron Dog sled ride, surfers on the bore tide
Carlos Boozer on the Jazz, Aurora Borealis

"Ice Road Truckers", VECO scandal, honey buckets, panhandle
Statewide debts, homeless vets, Spice, meth, fighter jets
Alaska Airlines missed approach, MVP upgrade from coach
Another rainy day indoors, I can't take it anymore

We didn't start the fire
Now the planet’s burning
And it's quite concerning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light ii
But we tried to fight it

But when we are gone
Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on . . .

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