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350 to Save the Sky

from Just Down the Road a' Peace by Gray Cox

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For more information about why we need to get the parts per million of carbon in our atmosphere down to the level of 350 as well as how we might do so, see www.350.org


Now I was born with a great desire to set my share of the world on fire.
To set my share of the world alight and share in the flicker of the flame at night.
But with all the candles I did burn, at both ends, I did learn,
To share in the settin’ of the world alight and share in the flicker of the flame at night.

CHORUS: So come ye now join in with me, we’ll clap our hands, we’ll stomp our feet,
We’ll lift our voices in a cry: Three Fifty to Save the Sky!

Now some would like the world to turn on the energy of the coal they burn
And let the climate change go on till most of Bangladesh is gone
From New Orleans to New York’s Coast up to Alaska’s permafrost
They’d rather sell their ancient oil than love our land and save our soil.

We’ll buy back our ancient rights and stop consuming day and night,
invest more and consume less and tell our worried children yes!
Yes we love you! Yes we care! Yes we’ll give you your fair share!
Put half our income all aside to stop the storm and turn the tide.

We’ll store up our energy by digesting some calories
And when it gets all dark at night we’ll wind a crank and make some light.
And if the weather does get cold we’ll all put on a few more clothes
And for when we would move at great speed we’ll harvest sunlight that we’ll need.

We prefer to all invest in things that give the earth a rest
Cut our consumption right in half and spend our time in greater laugh - Ter
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Politicians all do seem to be living in some strange dream,
They’d rather go and pass the buck till someone else runs out of luck.
But we the people really care and we’ll not stop till they run scared.
We’ll make our leaders save the sky -- and kick their butts till they cry:

CHANT: Three Fifty to Save the Sky!


from Just Down the Road a' Peace, released October 11, 2015


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Gray Cox Bar Harbor, Maine

Gray is a singer/songwriter who plays bones and guitar. He is a parent, grandparent, Quaker and philosopher. He teaches at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine is a co-founder of the Quaker Institute for the Future, and works on issues of peace and human ecology. His blog, combining music and social commentary is at breathonthewater.com. ... more

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