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How Green Is My Song?

Posted at 5:30 AM on April 22, 2009 by Dale Connelly (36 Comments)

For Earth Day 2009, I'd be interested in hearing your nominees for an outstanding "green" song.

In my experience, musicians tend to be sympathetic to environmental causes and concerns. That's not to say there isn't a great song out there that contends global warming is hooey.

I just haven't heard it.

Still, nobody enjoys being lectured. Even if you agree with the argument being made, it can be tedious when somebody's on their soapbox with a guitar.
So musicians who take up political causes in song are wise to do so with some subtlety, or at least a bit of hesitation.

If I had to pick one song that made the most direct case for a focus on the environment with obvious disdain for all the usual bad habits of humankind, (including but not limited to the of the record buying public), it would have to be Don McLean's "Tapestry".

Every thread of creation is held in position
By still other strands of things living
In an earthly tapestry hung from the skyline
Of smoldering cities so grey and so vulgar
As not to be satisfied with their own negativity
But needing to touch all the living as well.

Every breeze that blows kindly is one crystal breath
We exhale on the blue diamond heaven
As gentle to touch as the hands of the healer
As soft as farewells whispered over the coffin
We're poisoned by venom with each breath we take
From the brown sulfur chimney and the black highway snake

Every dawn that breaks golden is held in suspension
Like the yolk of the egg in albumen
Where the birth and the death of unseen generations
Are interdependent in vast orchestration
And painted in colors of tapestry thread
When the dying are born and the living are dead

Every pulse of your heartbeat is one liquid moment
That flows through the veins of your being
Like a river of life flowing on since creation
Approaching the sea with each new generation
You're now just a stagnant and rancid disgrace
That is rapidly drowning the whole human race

Every fish that swims silent every bird that flies freely
Every doe that steps softly every crisp leaf that falls
All the flowers that grow on this colorful tapestry
Somehow they know that if man is allowed to destroy all we need
He will soon have to pay with his life for his greed.

He's not trying to flatter us, is he?
It's far from a feel good ditty, but it's also hard to argue with his logic.
Plus, it's the only song I can think of that includes the word "albumen".
And it's 40 years old!

What's your favorite "green" song?

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