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Top 10 Eco-Songs

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andrew-bird21 I must say, I am a great lover of music – and of green. The combo? Heaven, indeed. I thought I’d share my top 10 eco-songs with you, too. You’d be surprised by how generally awesome they are.

1. Rape of the World, by Tracy Chapman – “Mother of us all/Place of our birth/How can we stand aside/And watch the rape of the world”

2. Spare-Ohs, by Andrew Bird (pictured to the left) – “The finches and sparrows build nests in my chimney/What remains of the small flightless birds that you failed to protect”

3. Tapestry, by Don McLean – “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”

4. Dirty Water, by The Standells – this song became the motto, so to speak, of the 1988 Presidential election, which focused on the pollution of the Charles River in Boston – “I’m going to tell you a big bad story, baby,/Aww, it’s all about my town/Yeah, down by the river/Down by the banks of the river Charles”

5. Escarpment Blues, by Sarah Harmer – “We’ll need to build some new apartments/And I know we’re gonna have to fix the roads/But if we blow a hole in the escarpment/The wild ones won’t have anywhere to go”

6. Big Yellow Taxi, by Joni Mitchell – “Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT/I don’t care about spots on my apples,/Leave me the birds and the bees – please/Don’t it always seem to go/That you don’t know what you got till it’s gone/They paved paradise and put up a parking lot”

7. Earth Song, by Michael Jackson – “What about the seas/What about the bleeding Earth/
Can’t we feel its wounds/What about nature’s worth/It’s our planet’s womb”

8. The Horizon Has Been Defeated, by Jack Johnson – “No prints can come from fingers/If machines become our hands/And then our feet become the wheels/And then the wheels become the cars/And then the rigs begin to drill/Until the drilling goes too far”

9. Natural Disaster, by Andrew Bird – Look upon the field of snow/To find the desert sea/Under the ice the springs will flow to release/Fecundates like a natural disaster”

10. My Dear Country, by Norah Jones – “I love the things that you’ve given me,/I cherish you my dear country,/But sometimes I don’t understand,/The way we play.”

Enjoy! And comment with your fave eco-songs!

– Lily

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