Someplace in the Net

© 1990 Stephen Savitzky. CC-by-nc-sa.

The Usenet, and alt.callahans in particular, is what made me realize that cyberspace is a place.


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  There is a Place I  heard of  once, and  wished that I could  find
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Where  people listen  to yo u when you  say  what's on  your mind;
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Where  you can swap tall  tales, or  share a  quiet drink with  friends;
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  Where anything can  hap pen, and the  par ty  nev er ends.
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I knew it wasn't anyplace but stories in a book,
But now and then I'd pass a bar, drop in and take a look.
Then I logged in to the network, in a group I'd never seen,
And found what I'd been seeking, in the world behind the screen.
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  Time and space are  just a  dream we  dream when we're  apart;
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  Home is a  welc ome  feelin g deep inside the  heart;
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  Stranger's just a  name for  some old  friend we haven't  met;
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  When we're together  some place  in  the net.
The Network's just a shadow-play of words upon a screen;
But you can talk for hours with old friends you've never seen,
In a world of words and dreams where only thoughts can roam,
Where you can weave a fantasy and make it feel like home.


Some weave a magic cloak of words to shape their presence there:
The Tiger and the Unicorn, the Tin Man and the Bear;
Some weep for long-lost lovers, some laugh with new-made friends,
And anything can happen and the party never ends.

Final refrain:
Time and space are not enough to keep good friends apart;
Callahan's is just a name for somewhere in the heart;
We'll drink a toast to friends we knew before we ever met;
When we're together someplace in the net.