Modern science and its wonders continues to amaze
But can it work its magic on extension of our days?
And if it can, what lies ahead, what future do we face?
Are we the first generation of the new bionic race?
If you could live 150 years, what trade-off would you choose?
For each decade, additional, what are you prepared to lose?
For me, an extra 20 years in possession of my brain
would be worth an inability to travel by bus or train.
If events that happen now at 90 years, or 95
are delayed for 50 more years, it could be good to stay alive.
But if my children's children, and their children's children too
all need birthday cards and presents, whatever will I do.
Will we still retire at 60, leaving 90 years ahead?
How will we fill our time each day when we make it out of bed?
And who will fund our leisure, or our health-care should we ail?
What if "John" runs out of money, or our Super fund should fail?
With a good supply of dollars, and genetic parts for sale
I'll buy a brand new body if this old one should fail.
And my 100 year-old partner could still be going strong.
With the help of his Viagra he really can't go wrong.
But if I get tired of living, and I'm bored with being here
will I have the right to end it all, with no hassles and no fear?
Or will someone else decide that there's still worth left in my life
and euthanasia's not an option, it just causes too much strife!
So let me make it to 100 in good health, and I may find
that I can manage my bifocals but "Oh God, I miss my mind".
Then let me make a peaceful exit, just fall off my perch and go
I'll have had enough of life by then and used up all my dough