Inherit the Earth

copyright 1985 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.


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Am Em
  The choice comes for everything  living
The challenge to grow or to  die
Dm Am
To  stay in the dust with the  earthworms,
Em Am
Or to  soar with the birds in the  sky.
Dm Am
The  stars now are calling to  mankind
Dm Am
To  abandon the world of their  birth.
Dm Am
The bold ones will answer them  gladly,
Em Am
And the  meek will inherit the  Earth.
Dm Em Am
The  deeps of  space are  calling,
Dm Am
Past the  moon, past the orbit of  Mars.
Dm Am
So  let the meek  inherit the Earth,
Em Em7 Am Em Am
While the  rest of us  go   to  the  stars.
Pollution and war and disaster,
May leave nothing human alive;
With all of our eggs in one basket,
How do we expect to survive?
Will we give the world back to the insects,
And blow our own species to Hell,
Or find a new home in the Heavens?
Now only the future will tell.

The moons and the planets are waiting,
In space, where our future belongs;
There's a place for explorers and builders
For dreamers and singers of songs
There are riches beyond all accounting
And wonders past anyone's dreams,
There is time for the longest of journies,
And space for the grandest of schemes.

So come men and women and children,
To the spaceports and let us embark.
It's time to climb out of the cradle,
Unless you're afraid of the dark.
Though ruin and death may be waiting,
At least we've the stars for our goal.
Far better to fail on the journey,
Than to stay and let fear rot your soul.

Now is the time for decision;
Our closed world is open at last.
Will we go forth and build our own future,
Or stay with the ghosts of the past?
The spaceships stand ready and waiting:
Will we use them or leave them to rust?
Will we rise on their fire like the Phoenix,
Or lie down with the worms in the dust?