Dar Williams

Once upon a time there was a nuclear family,

And we lived in a family time,

And we'd unite in a family way.

And off in the ancient mountain,

They were splitting every nucleus.

They said, "Don't be alarmed,

Just don't try this at home."

And they were the mystery that made the world run

And we had the power, 'cause they were the sun

And we called them our heroes, and the future had come.

They said, "Look at the light we're giving you,

And the darkness we're saving you from."

Soon they were bringing it into our showroom,

And they'd unveil it with it's title,

Bring your family, bring your family,

It's the great unknown.

You can look, but you can't fathom,

It's the Great Unknown.

I'm no ordinary princess,

I was born in the Cold War,

And my team is the Rockets,

Go team, it's a dangerous time

And I dream of the moon and building lunar clone colonies.

And I build my peace with strength,

That's the best weapon you've got.

Oh, I am the brainchild, I am the mortar,

With a plastic trophy and an eating disorder,

And vision as big as a great big wall,

And they tell me that I'll move forward

For the good of us all,

And the good of nuclear families all.

And they think I think I am important.

I know I never was, no, I wasn't.

No, I never, and how could I be?

It's the great unknown.

Now we've built it, now it's ticking,

It's the great unknown.

And I am your children, I am millions

And I wanted to sell out, I wanted to try,

But the sky got too low

And the ocean got too high.

And I tried to take God into my own hands

Am I too late? Is it over?

Have I sacrificed my family to the great unknown?

There's a war between my conscience and the great unknown.

So I walked out into the gamma fields

Out in Mercury, Nevada.

Where I stood in circle,

And that circle started to pray.



American singer-songwriter Dar Williams lives at the intersection of pop and folk. She fuses many genres (blues, rock, jazz), resulting in a rather organic sound. She has been making music for over a decade.

Her studio album My Better Self finds Dar at an unequivocally brazen crossroads. Reflecting on American politics, the disillusionment and apathy of youth, and the female experience, Dar makes no apology for her outspoken beliefs.

Her 2008 album, entitled Promised Land. ... Read More