Lyrics

Verse

When the cattle's not known
there's nothing to steal
nothing to tempt him

but with pastures this size
a cradle of thought
tells him what should be

Hermes he could steal
with prudence and skill
with me he would lie

animals in his caves
until the turtle talked
and we learned to die


Middle

A long time becomes a short time
when you're here
the grapes of that youth
they would ferment
the past is still here

the past doesn't lie
the past doesn't die
it's not behind
the past is right here

it merely changed

End

it's really a question of who grew
it's merely a question of who knew

Analysis

"Who do we have to thank for the invention that ushered humanity into a second industrial revolution? Alternating current was developed in principle by Michael Faraday and in practice by Hippolyte Pixii in the early 19th century. Practical devices employing AC in the medical world were developed before Tesla was even born. Contemporaries of Tesla working for George Westinghouse developed practical methods of distributing AC power from power plants before Tesla came to work for Westinghouse.

Now, did Tesla help refine AC? Yes. Did he make some key innovations that made it even more practical? Absolutely. There’s no question about it. He had an intuitive understanding of electricity that I quite frankly envy. He could make it dance. But was he indispensable to getting AC in place as the dominant means of electric power transmission? Almost certainly not. George Westinghouse was the man who won the War of the Currents in the United States, and in Europe, AC won the wars almost before they started."

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It takes two men to make one brother.

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Where the human mind sees great heroes and dangerous villains, reality sees one mass of equally lost human beings.

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"1903: Thomas Edison stages his highly publicized electrocution of an elephant in order to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current, which, if it posed any immediate danger at all, was to Edison's own direct current.

Edison's aggressive campaign to discredit the AC system of Westinghouse and Tesla took the macabre form of a series of animal electrocutions using AC (a killing process he referred to snidely as getting "Westinghoused").

Stray dogs and cats were the most easily obtained, but he also zapped a few cattle and horses."

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"Edison (against our efforts to promote AC) employed a method of attack which has been more unmanly, discreditable and untruthful than any competition which has ever come to my knowledge." (George Westinghouse)

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"What you are will show in what you do."
(Thomas A. Edison)

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"Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine" (Nikola Tesla)