From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web poster

"FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB™" © 2011, THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®. All rights reserved. Painting by John Agnew, commissioned by The Stone Age Institute.

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From the Big Bang
to the World Wide Web

1.

Thirteen point seven billion years ago,
The universe decided to start up the show,
The Big Bang happened, all matter was created,
And all antimatter was annihilated,
From asymmetries in space that now we can measure,
The gases collapsed under gravity and pressure,
The heat built up ‘til the gas balls ignited,
And the Universe’s candles finally spacelighted.

(Chorus):
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web

 

2.

Four and a half billion years ago,
A disc of gas and dust began to glow,
With the sun in the center, our solar system formed,
From collisions of asteroids, our planet was born,
In the organic soup of molecular chains,
Life slowly emerged in reproducing strains,
Cyanobacteria made oxygen from light,
And built up the structures we call stromatolites.

(Chorus):
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web

 

3.

Five hundred and thirty million years ago,
The pace of evolution was no longer slow,
The Cambrian explosion brought groups we see today,
An arms race of animals, of predator and prey,
From chordates emerged the vertebrate fish,
Roaming vast oceans, to eat what they wished,
The early amphibians crawled out of the seas,
Those pioneering witnesses of landscapes and trees.

(Chorus):
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web

 

4.

The reptiles evolved and they conquered the land,
Terrestrial creatures laying eggs in the sand,
The dinosaurs ruled on the land and the sea,
A hundred and fifty million year legacy,
Sixty-five million years in the past,
An asteroid came down and hit with a blast,
The dinosaurs decided to curl up and die,
With nothing to eat, acid rain from the sky.

(Chorus):
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web

 

5.

The meekest of mammals inherit the earth,
And crawled out of their tunnels to prove what they’re worth,
The Primates radiated into many new things,
Including the apes, the sultans of swing,
In the last 10 million years, early bipeds emerged,
They dropped from the trees, to savannahs they surged,
They populated Africa, the Cradle of Man,
With opposable thumbs, and dexterous hands.

(Chorus):
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web

 

6.

Two point six million years ago,
They picked up two cobbles, and blow by blow,
They created sharp edges to cut up their prey,
Competing with carnivores and holding their sway,
Their brains got bigger, their jaws got smaller,
Their legs got longer, their shadows got taller,
They walked out of Africa into new lands,
These hunting and gathering ancestral bands.

(Chorus):
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web
From the Big Bang,
  to the World Wide Web

Slideshow
This is a slideshow for the "From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web" song. The Stone Age Institute © 2009. All rights reserved.

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"FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB™" © 2009, Music and Lyrics by Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick, THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®. All rights reserved.


Vocals:
Carrie Newcomer

Lead guitar:
Seymour Duncan

Guitar:
Sage Benado

Guitar:
Nicholas Toth

Bass:
Henry Corning

Drums & percussion:
Tom Schoenemann

Hammond Organ:
August Pacetti

Percussion:
Kathy Schick

Ethiopian Drum:
Sileshi Semaw

Engineer:
Kevin Loyal

Recording at Echo Park Studio © 2009, THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®.

Dedicated to Professor Margaret Barrier.
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