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Written by Max in 1988.

"What can I say? Since childhood, I've been fascinated by the living, ever-changing rock that underlies the thin layer of plants and soil covering most of our world."

"The desert place where my artist friends and I were camping and hiking was dominated by granite boulders consisting of layers of crystals which were continually, inexorably peeling off under the action of water, temperature and plants, to form the gravel that covered the ground we walked on, which was itself embedded with the artifacts of the Indians who had been here before us. To me, this was the timeless context for our trips here and to our nearby urban playground, the unsustainable desert city of Las Vegas."

Lyrics

bare rock succession, crevice invasion
riving, prising
frosty wedge of ice
opening a joint
in a granitic stone
vascular plants
impregnating the joint
 
pioneering vegetation will not give up
prising, splitting
up granitic rock
reducing its surface to gravel and soil
crevice invasion will not be stopped
crevice invasion will not be stopped
crevice invasion will not be stopped
 
til the rock ends up in the desert sand
til the sandwich layers, buried so deep
bones and the pottery crushed between
bits of felt, chips of glass
 
invasion, invasion
resist it in vain
invasion is here to stay
 
invasion, invasion
resist it in vain
invasion is here to stay

Copyright © Max Carmichael 1989.

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