Aug 25, 2022

Approaching A World Beyond Resuscitation

Dog Eat Dog
Warrant (1992)
The third studio album from Warrant, and the final album that featured all five original members of the band, has turned 30 years old today.  Despite the fact that it didn't have the sales or number of hit singles as their 1989 album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich or their 1990 double platinum follow up, Cherry Pie, I think that this is the best record the band ever put out.  Unfortunately, it came at the wrong time, as the bands that were associated with 80's hair metal were being pushed into the background by the emerging grunge rock scene.

I was living in South Florida with my dad and my then-stepmother and stepsister when this album was released.  My stepsister was a metalhead who sometimes made mixtapes for me of songs that she thought I might like.  She included the third song from this album on one of those mixtapes.  It's a song that was never released as a single, and has not received any significant airtime on the radio or MTV that I am aware of.  It's a post-apocalyptic song about a world that has suffered from wars and the pollution of the environment for so many years that we had reached a point where there was no hope of fixing the problem, and that the best we could hope for is to live out our days as best we can in the wasted world that our species has created.  This song made me shiver the first time I listened to it, and it scares me even more to hear it today as we inch closer to the date named in its title.

Jani Lane passed away eleven years ago, so he won't be here to experience the month and year that he sang about.  The rest of us are eight years, seven months and six days away from April 2031.
Warrant (1992)
They say the sky used to be blue
I don't quite believe it
It's probably always been the color that it is

And there were cotton candy clouds
Birds to fly through it
Stories we all love to tell our kids

So I'll close my electronic door and keep the cold outside
Hug my aluminium pillow so tight
And pray the radiation doesn't make me sick tonight

They say there used to be a wind
Wasn't caused by fans
I wonder how it would have felt in my hair

And the nuclear ring around the moon
Was caused by man
If it was, then it's much too late to care

So I'll put my safety goggles on and gaze out at the sun
The artificial atmosphere machines give off a constant hum
In a world that's cold and peaceful, April 2031

No more sky and no more trees
April 2031
No more oxygen to breathe
April 2031
No more hate and no more war
April 2031
Nothing left worth fighting for

As far back as Vietnam
We should have learned our lesson
But we closed our eyes and sent our sons away

And they told us we were winning
As we sold more ammunition
Some were angry, most just looked the other way

The night's illuminated by the endless glowing sand
That swallowed all the oceans and choked off all the land
In a world beyond resuscitation, even by God's hand

No more mountains, no more sea
April 2031
No more you and no more me
April 2031
No more music, no more songs
April 2031
No God left to blame it on
April 2031

No more children playing
April 2031
No more need for praying
April 2031
No more children playing
April 2031
No more need for praying
April twenty thirty