NEW! Keepers of the New Millennium

by Tom Smith

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I wrote this one at the request of the wonderful Christy Johnson for the convention she runs, MillenniCon ( www.millennicon.org ) in Cincinnati, OH. I actually despaired of getting it done, and then, when the pressure hit, the lyrics started flying, and I ended up with this anthem to fandom, to education, to the future. No less a personage than author Robert J. Sawyer called it "perfect", which had me just glowing. Here you go, Christy. Told you I'd spiff it up in the studio. :)

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As we go through our lives, we learn what we need
To make just getting through a bit less rough
But if there’s one thing we know about all that we know,
We know that we’ll never know enough.

And so here we are, on our ship through the stars
Bound together by the three hopes of man,
The capacity to love, the desire to help,
And the need to know everything we can.

We are the keepers of the new millennium,
The teachers and protectors of our youth,
Here inside these halls, imagination calls,
More importantly than right and wrong, we want to know the truth

We are the keepers of the new millennium,
We will find our limits, and then go beyond,
While life within us gleams, all our hopes and all our dreams
Live on.

Literature and music, theater and art,
Math and science, every craft and every skill.
How to stop, how to go, how to build, how to grow,
How to be the best that we can be, and then be better still.

We are the keepers of the new millennium,
Come join us, for now the road is ours,
A hundred thousand years are culminating here,
We’ve finally outgrown the earth, we’re heading to the stars.

We are the keepers of the new millennium,
The teachers and protectors of our youth,
All our knowledge has a place, and we’re taking it to space,
More importantly than right and wrong, we need to know the truth

We are the keepers of the new millennium,
We will find our limits and then go beyond,
No matter what fate deems, we’ll make our hopes and dreams
Live on,
Live on.

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released July 16, 2015
Pictured: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven, CT

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Weird Al with more books, JoCo with more jokes, Carlin with more Cthulhu. Since 1985, Tom Smith has been breaking hearts, minds, and laws of propriety and physics with his insane blend of sf/fantasy, Life With Computers, pop culture, politics, and puns. More than twenty albums later, he maintains the best is yet to come. ... more

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