Silicon and Rust
by Harry Smothers
inspired by and with borrowings from "Flamewars and Spam" by Nancy Louise Freeman (with permission)
(tune "Diamonds and Rust" by Joan Baez)
Well I'll be damned, here comes your post againWritten 2001 by Gerald L. Bliss.
But that's not unusual
It's just that the bandwidth is full
Of your spammail to "All:"
And here I sit, hand on my Logitech
Seeing a post I'd wrecked a couple of viruses ago
Causing hard drives to fall.
As I remember, you tried to sell me some herbal mix
Viagra was lousy you said
Where are you posting from?
Your desk at IBM
Ten years ago you had hacked into Tetris games
You could have bought something
We both know what memories can hold
In their silicon and rust
Now you burst on the scene to tell me Pearl Jam rules
Well yes you always did tell me that, and everyone else as well
And here you stay, temporarily lost in space
Caught up in the virus race
Yes, hacked software from Half.com
Might keep you employed
I see you now teaching pre-schoolers to make a chain-letter bomb
Now, you're the king of invective and pyramid
Now you're spamming Wang Chung all over apoc'lypse-dot-com
Or selling infected virus-detection software by way of Taiwan
Speaking strictly for myself, I think you corrupted my ROM
OK, give me another word for it
I thought flaming's what drag queens did
When they're all on parade
'Cause I need some of that Flash RAM,
It's all come back too clearly
Disks from AOL yearly
And if you're offering me silicon and rust
I've already paid
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