SONG: Everything Appears to be in Order

SONG:

“Everything Appears to be in Order”. [Download]

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:AI Pioneer ROSS Intelligence Lands Its First Big Law Clients,” The American Lawyer, 6 May 2016,
as used in the post First firm to hire a virtual attorney. It’ll be handling bankruptcies….

ABSTRACT:
There’s a SoundFont drum set on here, but everything else is either a voice or a bass. Lots of bass. Much bass.

I’ve been playing bass lately because I’m doing something with friends which I’ll be referring to more later (but it’s been a hard year for rock’n’roll, have you noticed?). Home recordists have not yet been replaced by artificial intelligences, but it’s only a matter of time.

It was hard to resist this story because, well, it’s a story, isn’t it. Lawyers and legal researchers – professionals – being (not yet, but almost) rendered obsolete by a machine that’s simply good at analyzing databases.

Personally, I don’t think we really have to worry about SkyNet until they start replacing plumbers. But that’s still a ways off… isn’t it?

I honestly didn’t expect this song to get all punk rock – I thought it’d be sort of ambiently mournful. But no, it turned all crunchy on me. Interesting how the process keeps surprising one….

LYRICS:

(C)
In subsection C of section 5 of paragraph 8 of the letter –
(G)
it said to look at this event as an opportunity
Paragraph nine said the partners in the firm could keep our key cards
Because the combinations had all been changed.
(E-F-C-C)
It was signed by the corporation.
Which had become a legal person.
There was a duplicate in email. It said:

CH: (C Am F C Am F, in threes)
Everything appears to be in order
Everything appears to be in order.
Everything appears to be order.
(C Am F C – C Am F C)
Except you.
Except you.

(C)I was not the only one who had driven (C)in despite the letter
(G)Someone brought a box of donuts to (C)share in the parking lot
(C)That cute new intern looked at me as (C) if I’d have answers
And I (G)shrugged, and (F)looked for the (C)I.T. guy.
Yeah I shrugged and looked for the I.T. guy.
(E-F-C-C)
It was signed by the corporation.
Which had become a legal person.
There was a duplicate in email. It said:

CH: (C Am F C Am F, in threes)
Everything appears to be in order
Everything appears to be in order.
Everything appears to be order…
(C Am F C – C Am F C)
Except you.
Except you.

BR:
(G) When my father started the firm
(F)There was no such thing as a (C-Am) personal computer
(G) T he year I passed the bar
(F)Our office got a (C-Am) LEXIS-NEXIS account
(G)And when the first AI entered (F)beta ..
(Am-G-F-F)…we were on the list
(Am-G-F-F) We thought of all the billable hours

(Am-G -F-F) We let it do our research
(Am-G-F-F) Financial databases
(Am-G-F-F) Employment regulations
(Am-G-F-F) Budget considerations
(Am-G-F-F) Programmed in ordinary language.
(Am-G-F-F) Handled communications.

(E-F-C)
It was signed by the corporation.
Which had become a legal person.
There was a duplicate in email. It said:

CH: (C Am F C Am F, in threes) (x2)
Everything appears to be in order
Everything appears to be in order.
Everything appears to be order…
(C Am F C – C Am F C)
Except you.

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