The philosopher Catalus at the end of his days
Let the wine go straight to his head
He brooded on subject then instead of his rooms
Took refuge in vino instead
He said to us all, "People, these are the times,
"And these are the methods we've found.
"When you see that the world is crumbling around you,
"It's better to follow it down."
So we now we are
Dancing by the fire, dancing by the moon,
Knowing that the morning will come too soon.
Dancing by the moon, dancing under stars
Dancing 'cause the world don't feel like ours.
"When you think of these things later on in your life,"
He said, "You'll remember the times,
"That you spent seeking approval of peers,
"And not seeking out the sublime."
And then he got quiet and lowered his eyes,
As if he were ready for sleep.
But if you looked careful you'd see there were tears
Of a great man beginning to weep.