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David Gray & Annie Lennox: We Saw It Coming But We Still Bought It

An addict usually has plenty of evidence his habit is destructive. Yet he persists. An addiction’s death grip can be so strong – psychologically and physically – that we knowingly march right into the center of the death spiral of destructive behavior.

Thanks to Steven Salmony for bringing this tremendous song to my attention. Steve is a tireless crusader for modern society to stop “buying it.” You can find very interesting information at his website, http://www.panearth.org/.

David Gray wrote this song and he is joined by Annie Lennox in this powerful duet:

 

Nothing further needs to be said. But I’m putting the lyrics to Full Steam below, and also including this brief video of Annie Lennox and David Gray discussing the song:

Full Steam, from the David Gray album, Draw The Line

All our lives we’ve dreamed about it
Just to find that it was never real
This sure ain’t no great Valhalla
Coming closer each turn of the wheel
Forlorn, adrift on seas of beige
In this our Golden Age

Even in our darkest hour
Never thought that it could get so bad
Bullied, suckered, pimped and patronised
Every day your tawdry little lives
So loose your head
And step within
The silence deafening

Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it
Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming but still
Running full steam ahead

In and out of consciousness
It breaks my heart to see you like this
Crying, wringing hands and cursing fate
Always so little far too late
It’s 3 am I’m wide awake
There’s still one call to make

Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it
Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it

Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming
But still running full steam
Now you saw it coming
And I saw it coming but still
Running full steam
Now you
And I
We all saw it coming
But we still bought it
Now you
And I
We all saw it coming

Dave Gardner
Filmmaker

Dave Gardner is producing the non-profit documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, due out in 2011. Join the movement, donate, or volunteer at www.growthbusters.org

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