ACRES OF GREENS

I wrote these lyrics quite some time ago. The line “Sunflowers die in November” actually harks back to the presidential campaign of Alf Landon — but in the present context, it refers to the fact that even if Greens don’t win electoral campaigns, those campaigns still serve to spread our ideas around… and that is what’s really important in the long run.

The tune “Rosin the Beau,” of course, was also used as the base for the anti-nuke anthem “Acres of Clams,” written by Charlie King back in the days of the Clamshell Alliance’s campaign against the Seabrook nuke in New Hampshire.

ACRES OF GREENS
(tune:”Rosin the Beau”)

I’ve lived all my life on this planet
No other for us has been found
But we’ve taken our garbage & crammed it
In the water the air & the ground

The water the air & the ground
The water the air & the ground
We’ve taken our garbage & crammed it
In the water the air & the ground

The Earth & her creatures that suffer
You know they don’t suffer alone
When more people are finding life rougher
Being harried & worked to the bone

Harried & worked to the bone
Harried & worked to the bone
More people are finding life rougher
Being harried & worked to the bone

Our culture could use some reformin’
Its values, its ends and its means
So a new grassroots movement’s a-bornin’
That goes by the name of The Greens

That goes by the name of The Greens
That goes by the name of The Greens
A new grassroots movement’s a-bornin’
That goes by the name of The Greens

Of The Greens I am proudly a member
Green Parties are sprouting like weeds
They say “Sunflowers die in November” –
But not without spreading their seeds

No, not without spreading their seeds
Not without spreading their seeds
They say “Sunflowers die in November” –
But not without spreading their seeds

Now politics can disillusion
Where nothing is quite as it seems
But I think I have found my solution
Surrounded by Acres of Greens

Surrounded by Acres of Greens
Surrounded by Acres of Greens
But I think I have found my solution
Surrrrrrrrrrrrrounded by Acres of Greens

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