It’s Blog Action Day today, the theme this year is Climate Change and all I ask is that you think of, tell us about and listen to songs about the environment, ecology, nature, and what is to many the most pressing of global concerns. A link to the song and some prominent lyrics would be grand.
Here’s the obvious one, but it’s still the finest to my ears: Joni Mitchell’s original ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. (You may not know that the revised version of the song includes an entirely expected price increase for admission to the tree museum; it’s no longer “a dollar-and-a-half”, it now costs “an arm and a leg” just to see ’em.)
Here are a few more, several of which have been covered by different artists:
– Beach Boys, ‘Don’t Go Near the Water’
– The Cranberries, ‘Time Is Ticking Out’
– Dream Academy, ‘Forest Fire’
– Marvin Gaye, ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’
– Tish Hinojosa, ‘Something In the Rain’
– Kraftwerk, ‘Radioactivity’
– Rush, ‘Red Tide’
– Cat Stevens, ‘Where Do the Children Play?’
– Stephen Stills, ‘Ecology Song’
– Joe Walsh, ‘Song For a Dying Planet’
A few lines from the aforementioned Joe Walsh number:
“Is anyone out there?
Does anybody listen or care anymore?
We are living on a dying planet,
We’re killing everything that’s alive,
And anyone who tries to deny it
Wears a tie and gets paid to lie.”
If all that’s not enough to keep your minds pre-occupied today, I’d also like to hear about those inspirational musicians that we’ve been talking about lately and their endorsement of environmental campaigns. What are musicians and their record labels doing to help save a dying planet, and which are doing most?
Oh, and here’s something for you all to sign. Please?