The Generation Who Sold The World


The Generation Who Sold The World

This is a lyrical re-write to the David Bowie song 'The man who sold the world'. Although I prefer the Nirvana version myself. If you know the song you can use the same cadence while reading. If you dont know the song you should check it out (it's awesome), and you will be able to read this poem as intended (RECOMMENDED).

We live under the stars
I speak of nature and man
Although we share the air
We don't treat her as a friend
We grow deaf to her cries
A victim of man's demise
We're fated to die alone
As our selfishness still grows

Oh Yes, T'was We
We never had control
We're face to face
With the generation who sold the world

I cry and shake my head
It's time we took a stand
We've destroyed our farming land
Waves and waves of Oil foam
Through the hazy smog I stare
The view still gives me the chills
We're doomed to die alone
Fate not sealed long ago

Oh Yes, T'was We
We Never had control
We're face to face
With the generation who sold the world

Oh Yes, T'was We
We finally lost control
We're face to face
With the generation who killed the world

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JadedJezzabel commented on The Generation Who Sold The World


one of the all time best songs ever written......i love how you used it as a guide with this piece......i'm going to try my hand with another song. i'll let you know when its posted

LeslieMay commented on The Generation Who Sold The World


Wow! This is very deep. I know and love the song, so the rythym was nice for me. This is a sad poem, but oh so true. Thanks for bringing awareness to your readers.



Thanks so much Leslie, I love that song as well. I am so glad you were able to enjoy this! Peace and Love, Spence

Ecdysis commented on The Generation Who Sold The World


It is a generation that sold the world, for a price that has no value, but no matter how much you point out that you cant purchase love with an invisible coin, they still come empty handed and yet do no change.... ?!?



Nice Ecdysis, I love your comment, so true. When will people realize that the Earth will go on with or without us, it is up to us to make sure we stick around. And we are doing a real shitty job of it as of late. ~Spence

ansari commented on The Generation Who Sold The World


very appropriate in today's world of uncontrolled pollution, greed and materialism. I like it.



Thank you ansari, you are very kind. And speak the truth, we'll speak out together. ~Spence

devaamido commented on The Generation Who Sold The World


Your message (regretably) couldn't be more timely. Nicely updated.



So true my friend, it is truly very sad. ~Spence

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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Each New Day 16
The Tomorrow Dream 43
What See You 19
Nirvana (Haiku) 13
Sonnet 3 21
The Poetry Of Time 33
Mirrored Souls 33
My Open Broken Heart 20
Passing Thoughts 16
Sonnet 1 19
Ode To My Love 17
Angel With Butterfly Wings 20
A Conversation in Appreciation 13
Miranda's Song 14
The Sarasota Blues 27
Highku 22
Tripping Stream of Consciousness 35
Along The River's Breath 51
Sometimes... 37
Transport 34
Love Never Knows 39
SuSpence's Dream 33
Ode to the Beatles (acrostic challenge) 18
The Generation Who Sold The World 30
Christine 24
Glenn Beck (Haiku) Compilation 32
The Tragic Tale of Alejandro Vega 56
Ballad of the Lost Man 32
Gulf of Fire (Haiku) 34
Fade to White 34
Ugly World 53
Searchin' for Love 26
Lost am I 28
Shards of Me 27
The Sadness, 10
The New Moon 18
I Imagine, 13
Lovesick, Lonesome Blues 11
Beautiful Poet 10
The Morning Sun 5
A Question for Love 13
Realm of Delusion 26
Simply Thoughts of You 9
Caught Staring 6
The Edge of the Headlands 3
In My Mind... 15
Thoughts of Natalia 14
A New Path 10
Daydream 12
Gone is my Sunshine 17