Everybody Please Recycle (for starters)

Keeping Spaceship Earth from being sunk.

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Way back in 1989, I actually thought we could save the Earth by doing a few things like being careful to recycle what we could. It’s pretty apparent in 2016 that we’ve got a really scary struggle ahead of ourselves if human life as we understand it can be preserved beyond another 100 years.

That notwithstanding, here is a tuneful plea that¬†I wrote back then when I was performing more, and later arranged and recorded. Recycling¬†alone will not save us, but in spirit, it’s still correct. I’ve included the words so you can sing along if you want to.

I.

Now for every drop of water that goes trickling down your drain,
There’s a billion drops of water that will echo in refrain.
And those billion drops of water make a million quarts or more
That could irrigate a desert, that could fill a reservoir.
And for every drop of petrol that goes out your car’s exhaust,
That’s a billion drops of petrol to the world forever lost.
That’s a million pounds of poison shot into our atmosphere
‘Cause we drive instead of walking or of sharing with those near.

Chorus:

People won’t you please recycle the resources of the earth.
Reexamine each trash item; see if you can estimate its worth.
People, if we’d just recycle, we could make abundance out of junk.
If we’d change our wasteful habits, we’d keep Spaceship Earth from being sunk!

II.

And for every piece of plastic that is in your garbage can,
There’s a million pounds of plastic that are strewn about the land.
that’s a million pounds of plastic that will simply not degrade.
Those are pounds of plastic that could into useful things be made.
And for every piece of paper that you heave into the trash,
There’s another million trees that in the forest you’ll hear crash.
That’s a half a million acres of our forests lying bare.
That’s a half a billion trees that won’t be filtering our air.

Chorus.

III.

And for every can of soda that you thoughtlessly discard,
There’s a million cans of soda in America’s backyard.
That is metal we could use to make a million light-weight bikes.
Bikes that we could use for fitness or to take along on hikes.
And for every packaged item that you purchase in the store,
There’s a raw, whole food alternative that will give you so much more.
That’s a million pounds of wrapping that you’ll never throw away;
That will not come back to haunt you in the not so far away.

Chorus.

Author: Jim Andris

Retired gay married early adopter. Cooking, cleaning, fixing. Makes good music occasionally; U name it. Churchy dude. Likes to think about things, too much, sometimes. Dump Trump. Trying not to do too much harm. Revisiting blogging. Looking for a new handle on things. Exploring genderqueer.