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Seven years in the sand
Seems a long time somehow
Never mind, Tosh, you'll soon be dead
A hundred years from now.

From:  Ewan MacColl

I thought of this as the shortest song I had ever heard, and was taken by its (not entirely clarified) philosophical standpoint.  Unfortunately the song goes on (I have subsequently found out) and rather weakens the philosophical bit.  So - as I have done before - I make do with the bit that stuck in my mind.

The seven years in the sand are the seven years the 8th Army (tanks - eventually under Montgomery) spent in the North African deserts.
Tosh is a nickname for a soldier.