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When the climate sends a signal that the tipping point is reached / And the oceans start to overrun the land / When the piers are disappearing and the final seawall's breached / Maybe then it's time to take a stand
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This handout photo provided by NOAA, taken Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, shows post-tropical storm Sandy off the East Coast of the US. Campaign 2012 is rich with images that conjure the seriousness and silliness that unfold side-by-side in any presidential race. Who could have predicted that a superstorm would overshadow and scramble the presidential campaign in its final days? President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney revised and re-revised their campaign schedules as Hurricane Sandy, a most unlikely October surprise, barreled up the East Coast and then roared ashore in New Jersey. (AP Photo/NOAA)
This handout photo provided by NOAA, taken Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, shows post-tropical storm Sandy off the East Coast of the US. Campaign 2012 is rich with images that conjure the seriousness and silliness that unfold side-by-side in any presidential race. Who could have predicted that a superstorm would overshadow and scramble the presidential campaign in its final days? President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney revised and re-revised their campaign schedules as Hurricane Sandy, a most unlikely October surprise, barreled up the East Coast and then roared ashore in New Jersey. (AP Photo/NOAA)

"Storm Propels Bloomberg Into Obama's Corner" -- headline in the New York Times

When the wind is howling and the tunnels start to fill
And the Hudson River rises with the tide
When the streets are deep in sewage like a giant toxic spill
The moment is upon you to decide

When the climate sends a signal that the tipping point is reached
And the oceans start to overrun the land
When the piers are disappearing and the final seawall's breached
Maybe then it's time to take a stand

A hurricane works wonders when it concentrates the mind
The world is going quite insane and many still are blind.
But when the waters drain away look closely and you'll find
The hundred million people who are always left behind.

A rising tide will lift the boat
Of those who can afford one
Money keeps their ships afloat --
And only they can board one

The rest of us can wait and hope
While time keeps growing shorter
Till someone throws us out a rope
We'll keep on treading water

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