Facebook Song

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I'll keep using Facebook because that's where everybody else is. But there are a lot of bad things about this particular corporate-controlled communication medium and social environment in which hundreds of millions of people virtually live.

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Once upon a time I read books and magazines
Then along came email, I thought that was pretty keen
I got on some good listservs, that was pretty neat
It was all so interactive, I was in the driver's seat
Then along came social media, that's when I lost my shit
Now there just wasn't time for anything else to fit

Facebook, Facebook, what else is there to do
Facebook, Facebook, sit and watch me spew

I feel like I've lost perspective, I don't know where I'm bound
I just gotta see what's happening when I hear the sound
Of somebody responding to my latest post
Maybe someone even shared it, then I'll have to post a toast
Hey that wee baby is the cutest little tyke
I'm gonna have to take a moment to click another “like”

Facebook, Facebook, I think I lost the plot
Facebook, Facebook, it's the only one I got

There's a drunk out in the alley, I think he's getting sick
The cat's playing with the garbage, I'll have to take a pic
My friends and I once met, drank coffee and ate scones
Now we meet at the cafe and stare down at our phones
We can stop to post a selfie to show we're all sitting there
If we talk we might miss out on something someone shares

Facebook, Facebook, just gimme my news feed
Facebook, Facebook, it's all the news I need

They say it's a revolution but I'm not sure that's so
I didn't use an app to find out what I needed to know
They didn't have the internet in 1848
When they rose up around the world without a single status update
Maybe that's a straw man, or maybe it is not
Maybe there are better tools than the ones we've got

Facebook, Facebook, I'll get up off this chair
Facebook, Facebook, just got one more post to share
Facebook, Facebook, I'm not trying to be crass
Facebook, Facebook, someday I'll get back off my ass

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from The Other Side, released August 31, 2015

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