Did He Just Get the Year Wrong?

By Richard Gallagher

I was dreamin' when I wrote this,
forgive me if it goes astray

But when I woke up this mornin',
could've sworn it was Judgment Day

The sky was all purple,
there were people runnin' everywhere

Tryin' 2 run from the destruction,
U know I didn't even care

Cuz they say 2000 zero zero party over,
oops, out of time!

So 2night I'm gonna party like it's 1999!

--"1999" Prince

Looking back over 2003, we could easily find ourselves sliding into preholiday heavyheartedness. Considering the ongoing plundering of the planet; the debut of new, globally mobile infectious diseases; the tenacity of the older infectious diseases; the ingress of invasive species; the threat of genetically modified crops; the dehumanizing issue of cloning; the alarming weather extremes; and the immediate, worldwide threat of terrorism. One might wonder if pop star Prince just...

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