Clearwater Build-A-Song Contest

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Our Build-a-Song project produced a beautiful anthem!

The Power of Song Apprentices – both the older group and the Saugerties elementary school group – performed the song at the Great Hudson River Revival 2015!

We will post a recording as soon as it is available.

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Don’t Walk Away

We’ve got a problem on our hands

All our soft land turning into sand

We need your help and we need it now

We can make a change

We can figure it out

Chorus:

Don’t walk away, ‘cause that’s the problem,

It’ll be too late – when we hit rock bottom.

It’s a long long road, road, road – and a heavy load.

We plowed the land with confidence

We planted seeds of change

But we watered them with poisons

And created something strange

We push the poison to the sky

And hide it in the ground

But we live inside a circle

So it comes right back around

 We wrap ourselves in comfort

We fall into the traps

Of the scientists who bend the truth

Until it finally snaps

And when it does

If we deny what cannot be denied

There’ll be changes upon changes

And nowhere left to hide

Chorus:

Don’t walk away, ‘cause that’s the problem,

It’ll be too late – when we hit rock bottom.

It’s a long long road, road, road – and a heavy load.

Factory emissions never casualty admission

now the wrath of these has risen as we casually have stricken 

with our planet bleeding limping, oh so atrophied a symptom

of collapse that we envision if we cannot ease the fission

with the cancer breeding in us, death and damage mean divisions

oh so callously inflicted let’s just balance these and pick up

seeing  fallacies and fix’em burning calories not fossil fuels,

we can handle these, it’s possible, let’s go hand in hand across the world

and share the land that we fought’em for

and we can hand in hand make progress more,

we might just be animals and omnivores

but we can handle these with honor forth

and sons and daughters upon’t restored

can prance through leaves that our gardens bore,

plant your seeds in a pot of soil

and watch us grow without a thought for oil!

Chorus:

Don’t walk away, ‘cause that’s the problem,

It’ll be too late – when we hit rock bottom.

It’s a long long road, road, road – and a heavy load.

(bridge)

Yes, the power of a song 

Can resonate and roar

We’ve seen it happen right here

Upon this very shore.

So let us gather here

And make our chorus strong

And we will be the instrument

Of the change that is to come.

Time is running out

This is our wake-up call

Fire, floods, storms and droughts

We no longer can forestall

Signs are all around us

The writing’s on the wall

As Mother Nature tries to warn us

Once and for all

Of impending changes

That will be beyond repair

So let us sing together

To the sky and through the air

When people raise their voices

It can resonate and ring

We all here can testify

To the power song can bring.

Chorus:

Don’t walk away, ‘cause that’s the problem,

It’ll be too late – when we hit rock bottom.

It’s a long long road, road, road – and a heavy load.