From the recording Equality Road Double CD
From a quote from the 1950s by the head of the Atomic Energy Commission Glenn Seaborg....how ironic!
Too Cheap to Meter
words and music by Kristin Lems © 2000 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)
From the album “In the Out Door” (digitized and re-released on Equality Road album)
1. The war was done and time was on our side
And no one spoke of how many died in Japan
And no one knew just what that blast began
Such power fell into a few men’s hands
It seemed they had the world at their command for awhile
When asked about the dangers, they would smile, and say it’s
Too cheap to meter, too cheap to meter, too cheap to meter
Like the sun, like the sun.
2. While testing over ground out in the West
The Army sent its men to watch the test from nearby
And radiation marked those men to die
The weapons contracts signed, the treaties made
Plutonium produced at weapons-grade up for sale
No one spoke of the outcomes should they fail – the risks are
Too small to mater, too small to meter, too small to meter
They built on and on and on
3. As plants went up, the cost of them did too
And cancer rates dramatically grew in our land
But still they keep us to their deadly plan
But the truth is too inconsistent to conceal
As accidents and close calls get revealed one by one
How many must be lost before they’re done? Is our health
Too cheap to meter? Too cheap to meter?
Are they too cheap to care for everyone, everyone?
4. Insurance flees in fear, too much to pay
And realtors run off the other way at top speed
What better proof could any person need?
But energy is blowing in the wind
And streaming from the sun, and hidden in a waterfall
Let’s stop the nukes before they stop us full! The risks are
Too steep to meter, too steep to meter, too steep to meter
Shut ‘em down, one by one, shut ‘em down!
The risks are too steep to meter, too steep to meter,
The dumps, the plants, the breeder, shut ‘em down every one
Shut ‘em down!