Can you see the bright light burning in the west
Scarlet clouds like rolling thunderheads
Those Nevada winds blow on and the world is changed at dawn
“Not to worry,” so they said

Oh, but years from now, Downwinders,
This cancer dust will remain
Through survivors of the beam in 1953

Don’t drink the tainted water from the spring
The milk’s no good and there is no wheat to bring
“Oh, the bombs won’t hurt,” they say, while another died today
One more child’s been given heaven’s wings


There was some secret testing done at morn
Lives were changed and none of them were warned
They say, “There must be sacrifice -- Well, it goes to pay the price
For the future to born!”


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