Song Sung Green (apologies to Neil Diamond)
Now for a bit of whimsy. Treehugger is big on the visuals - plenty of words and images - for a greener, more just future. But we humans also respond well to aural stimuli as well, so it occurred to me, on a long drive, that maybe we should get a little iMix happening too. Build up a list of songs that put a beat to our better world leanings. I’ve culled a selection of lyrics from a few tunes that bounce around in my mind. Feel free to add yours.
Hymn of the Big Wheel by Massive Attack
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggle while another relaxes
As a child solemn pray my hope hides in disguise
While satellites and cameras watch from the skies
An acid drop of rain recycled from the sea
It washed away my shadow burnt a hole in me
And all the king's men cannot put it back again
But the ghetto sun will nurture life
And mend my soul sometime again
World on Fire by Sarah McLachlan
We part the veil on our killer sun
Stray from the straight line on this short run
The more we take, the less we become
The fortune of one man means less for some
The worlds on fire its more than I can handle
I’ll tap into the water try and bring my share
Try to bring more, more than I can handle
Bring it to the table
Bring what I am able
The Acoustic Motorbike by Luka Bloom
The antidote to my emotional ills
A motion built upon human toil
Nuclear free needs no oil
But it makes me hot, makes me hard
I never thought I could have come this far
Through miles of mountains, valleys, streams
This is the right stuff filling my dreams
So come on, get up on your bike
Ah go on, get up on your bike
Ship of Fools by World Party
Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless seas.
They will leave you drifting in the shallows.
Drowning in the oceans of history.
Travelling the world, you're in search of no good,
But I'm sure you'll build your Sodom
like you knew you would
Using all the good people for your galleon slaves
As your little boat struggles through the the warning waves.
But you don’t pay.
You're gonna pay tomorrow.
Oh! Save me.
Save me from tomorrow.
I don't want to sail with this ship of fools.