Keep Your Head Low, Washoe

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If I lie about my age
There's no notary on hand to check the page
And if I lie about the time
There's no H.G. Wells machine to check the crime

So keep your head and hands low, Washoe
The selfishness that you and I know
Through days when we have failed
Will keep the both of us alive
If there were nothing better I know
I'd try to overthrow my Maslow
But we'll be better off
If we can think of it as all a game

If my lie falls not in sight
Would it drive me mad to think on when it might?
If I lie and you find out
Is it worth a life in the shadow of your doubt?

So keep your head and hands low, Washoe
The selfishness that you and I know
Through days when we have failed
Will keep the worst of us alive
The compliment of id and ego
Will rise into a new Toronto
And we'll be better off
If we can compromise the way we think
Ignore the baby in the drink
And never step outside the frame
And think of it as all a game

This is the kingdom where
They phylum but don't compare
Between one class and the next
There's order but not respect
Every family has one
A genus who can't be undone
But every species has an origin

So keep your head and hands low, Washoe
The selfishness that you and I know
Through days when we have failed
Will keep the ghost of us alive
And there is nothing better I know
So keep your head and hands low, Maslow
But we'll be better off
If we can think of it as all a game
And never step outside the frame
Ardipithecus would do the same

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from Zoonotic, released April 5, 2017

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