Great Big Love

by Michael Levy

Released Coming in 2017
Released Coming in 2017
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  • 04:57 Lyrics
    The Ballad of Bill McKibben

    It was 1988 when young Bill was jarred awake
    With the question “Is the world getting hotter?”
    If time flies like an arrow bearing news of what’s to come,
    Bill reached up his writer’s hand and caught her.

    From his cabin in the hills, Bill thought we would find the will
    Now that we knew, the action would be startin’
    But nobody wanted to hear, and with each passing year
    We dug ourselves deeper in the carbon.

    Katrina came and went, and Mr. Gore made a serious dent
    The world learned that the truth was inconvenient
    Bill put down his pen—too little snow at Lake Champlain
    Better get the word out now and mean it.

    He gathered a little crew—They laced up their hiking shoes
    Marching across Vermont to wake creation
    Arriving in Burlington, a thousand had grown from one
    The papers said, “a record demonstration.”

    2007: the cards are dealt, and the Arctic starts to melt
    Scientists shake their heads in consternation
    What can one person do, living in the belly stew
    Of the world’s most avid oil-consuming nation?

    Somehow assemble power—Step It Up hour by hour
    Eggheads with their studies get no traction
    Bill and a few young minds, in only three months time
    Fourteen hundred rallies for climate action

    Leaders in denial, CO2 mounts all the while
    Hansen says 350 is our ceiling
    Spread it ‘round the globe, make sure everybody knows
    Sound the trumpets, let’s see who the call brings

    It turns out in every place—people are on the case
    15,000 march in Ethiopia
    Asian and black and brown—the poor and the young are down
    350’s heard from Egypt to Estonia

    Asleep in some motel, Bill rests up, the truth to tell
    One more TV spot or climate rally
    Trudging the speakers’ trail, sometimes a night in jail
    Dreaming of back home in Champlain Valley

    Bill says I run this race—in the name of my place
    The tang of the frost when Fall hits the Adirondacks
    Breadloaf and Otter Creek, Mt. Mansfield to the east
    With these in my mind I find that my heart is on track

    If you want a clue of what a force of nature can do
    You might check out the one called Bill McKibben
    And if we save our skin, it will be because, like him
    We stand up for these places that we live in

    What can a person do, here in the belly stew?
    Never thought he’d even be a leader
    Bill and a few young minds, in only three months time
    Fourteen hundred rallies for climate action
    Breadloaf and Otter Creek, Mt. Mansfield to the east
    With these in my mind I find that my heart is on track

  • 04:16 Lyrics
    Australopithecus (preliminary rough mix)

    Verse 1:
    We lived down by the river pool, where the water’s still and clear
    She was nursing the youngest one; I was sharpening my spear
    Meat was getting hard to find; something changing in our world
    She said to me one icy morning, “Might not be enough for both our girls”

    Chorus:
    Australopithecus....Homo habilis....Homo erectus....and heidelbergensis  
    Cousin Neanderthal and Homo sapiens, the wise one

    Verse 2:
    Band of strangers come upstream; someone said they’re not our kind
    They’re eating all the roots and berries—if not for that I wouldn’t mind
    Every day another fight, with another ape in skins
    No one knows quite what to do, these days when patience is so thin

    Chorus

    Bridge:
    I know that I am just an animal, though I dream in steel and oil flows through my veins
    Like an animal I need you near me—Will anything I trusted still remain?
    Shadows lay heavy on the city now, as this long summer day becomes twilight
    Don't slip away from me....

    Instrumental/Solo

    Verse 3:
    Went down to the grocery, looking for our daily bread
    Meat is getting hard to buy; got something in a can instead
    She asked me just the other day, why the rain won’t seem to come
    River flood of scientists, they say it’s something that we’ve done

    Final chorus:
    Australopithecus....Homo habilis....Homo erectus....and heidelbergensis
    All have fallen, but not Homo sapiens, the wise one.

  • 02:33 Lyrics
    Frog in a Pan

    Frog jumped into a water pan
    Maybe not the best-laid plan
    But the water was cool and the view was grand
    Way up on the stove-o, stove-o, stove-o
    The water was cool and the view was grand
    Way up on the stove-o

    Pretty soon, a little blue flame
    Doesn't matter who’s to blame
    It’s getting warmer, just the same
    Where that flame’s a-glow-o, glow-o, glow-o
    It’s getting warmer, just the same
    Where that flame’s a-glow-o

    Now a nice warm bath is something fine
    You can linger there, it’s not a crime
    Relaxation, that’s my line
    Thought our froggy friend-o, friend-o, friend-o
    Relaxation, that’s my line
    Thought our froggy friend-o

    After a while, warm turned to hot
    Fat cat watched from her cozy spot
    The cat mighta helped, but she did not
    Frog was on his own-o, own-o, own-o
    The cat mighta helped, but she did not
    Frog was on his own-o

    Now they say that a frog will stay and die
    As the water boils, he’ll close his eyes
    Frog jumped out, “What a pack of lies,
    These legs were made to leap-o, leap-o, leap-o”
    Frog jumped out, “What a pack of lies,
    These legs were made to leap-o

    Well, friends we’re in a hot water pan
    Will we wait for rescue, sit or stand
    No! We’ll scream and holler and leap ‘cause we can
    Like our friend the frog-o, frog-o, frog-o
    We’ll scream and holler and leap ‘cause we can
    Like our friend the frog-o

  • 03:58 Lyrics
    Three Exits

    I can’t stop I have to keep on rolling ‘cause there’s danger’s up ahead and it’s coming towards me
    The closer I get to it, the more it approaches and that’s why I am attempting to flee
    Looking up I see my own reflection there in every other driver likewise checking their mirror
    I know we’re headed for disaster with this going ever faster and we gotta get outta here!

    Chorus: Barreling down the road    
    What the signs say I don’t wanna know
    70 miles an hour is much too slow
    When there’s only three exits left to go.

    Turn up the radio, tell me something I don’t know, the weather is so hot that it fries
    In the back seat, a glow, they’re watching next year’s video, the dark one where the Earth almost dies
    I remember being small and speed was not a thing at all I just wanted a little control
    Got on this road one day, a free way I guess you’d say, I never knew the size of the toll

    Chorus: Barreling down the road    
    What the signs say I don’t wanna know
    75 miles an hour is much too slow
    When there’s only two exits left to go.

    Everything’s accelerating so, the information flow, the things I have to do to even survive
    As the roadway rises to a silicon staccato I’m so lively that I’m barely alive
    Buckled into liberty, indentured to velocity, I guess I am the free world’s champ
    There’s no stopping, no U-turn and no Da Capo, now I’m praying that there’s still one more exit ramp

    Chorus: Barreling down the road
    What the signs say, I think that I know
    79 miles an hour is much too slow
    When there’s only one exit left...........to go

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