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  1. A Rock a Stone

The evolution of tools. Inspired while working for Berland's House of Tools.
Recorded at Chicago Trax in 1997. Engineered by Chuck Kawal. Originally released on Tool Tunes.

Lyrics

A Rock a Stone A Stick and a Bone
By roger bain 1997

Spoken:
Through the distant mists of time tools have helped build our world. Look around. Every building, every house every structure ever built was constructed with tools.
At first there was only one tool—our hands. Clap clap.
Then we picked up a rock. and from that rock tens of thousand of tools have evolved for tens of thousands of different jobs. But back twenty three thousand years ago we had one job: to stay alive.

Twenty three thousand years ago
Man’s only tools were
A rock a stone a stick and a bone 4X

First there was the stone age
The neolithic ice age came
Followed by the age of bronze
And then came the iron age
But it all began with
A rock a stone a stick and a bone 4X

Then came the industrial
Revolution
The power tool, the assembly line
The age of steel and the automobile
But it all began with
A rock a stone a stick and a bone 4X

breakdown
Now everybody grab a rock
Everybody grab a stone
Everybody grab a stick
Everybody grab a bone
Now pick up the stick
Pick up the stone
Pick up the rock
Pick up the bone
And sahke ‘em right in front of the microphone

Spoken:
And now we’re in the computer age
And still we develop tools
The tools of cyberspace
But it all began with a rock a stone a stick and a bone...

A rock a stone a stick and a bone through fade out