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How the World Has Grown

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010



An ode to modern times, the credit crunch, societal greed and the madness that’s driven western society to the point where we’re now classifying a massive section of the population whose buying power had created our ostentatious wealth as “The New Poor”. If the western middle class is history then this is an ode to what I believe were some of the best and worst of the middle class fragments, philosophies and traces that I absorbed, growing up in a time of unprecedented wealth and prosperity in the land of North America.


Special thanks to Open Source Cinema for access to much of the great archive footage.

UPDATE APRIL 6, 2011: Sadly I see that Open Source Cinema is presently offline but that likely has something to do with Brett Gaylor (who set up Open Source Cinema) being involved in the new amazing project Mozilla Drumbeat: Web Made Movies which I’ve just discovered and can’t wait to get my hands into. Geez I fell behind the times. Some serious catching up to do.


By the way, I penned this song a month before a faulty Honda air bag deployed and blew loads of shrapnel into my right arm. I received the recall letter for the airbag in this ten year old car in the mail, one month after my accident and surgeries. I’ve since recovered and can still thankfully tinkle on the 88 keys, with my nimble fingers of course.



How The World Has Grown

words + music by Deiren Masterson


I was born
In the 1970s
I believed in Big Bird
And Joanie Loved Chachi
And the life that came my way
Was pretty damn easy


Oh Mama, how the world has grown
To keep on changing just about everything we had known


Shopping malls
All those pretty things
If I can’t buy my way to heaven
At least I’d bring some things
And the greed that shook the day
For the anger that it brings


Oh Mama, how the world has grown
To keep on changing just about everything we had known


The liars den
How the hell’d it get so big
Fairwell to ol’ mass media
Control ain’t what you think
Live to breathe another day
In the hope that it will bring


Oh Mama, how the world has grown
To keep on changing just about everything we had known

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