Elegy / Once Upon A Time
When all the laughter dies in sorrow
And our tears have risen to a flood
When all the wars have found a cause
In human wisdom and in blood
Do you think they’ll cry in sadness?
Do you think the eye will blink
Do you think they’ll curse the madness
Do you even think they’ll think?
When all the great galactic systems
Sigh to a frozen halt in space
Do you think there will be some remnant
Of beauty of the human race
Do you think there will be a vestige
Or my sniffle; my cosmic tear
Do you think a greater thinking thing
Will give a damn
that we were ever here?
Poem recited before the instrumental by Robert Lamm
In literature, an elegy (from the Greek word for “lament”) is a mournful, melancholic or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.