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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy (Mother) Earth Day!


Happy (Mother) Earth Day!

Neil Young performs "Mother Earth" in Milwaukee on October 2, 2010, from broadcast of Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America.


Save Mother Earth for another day...

Here at Thrasher's Wheat, we're observing Earth Day by playing Neil Young's Greendale.

And -- in all seriousness -- we try and make everyday Earth Day on this blog. Some may note the badge on the lower right sidebar that states that "This Blog Fights Climate Change". And we like to talk about Sun Green and Earth Brown's mission to save Alaska from time to time.

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As we've argued repeatedly over the years about the vastly underrated and under appreciated Greendale, the inconvenient truth of Greendale was that Sun Green -- and Neil Young -- were right.


And -- inconveniently -- the job is bigger than saving just Alaska.

From Venice Magazine interview (February 2004) on making a difference:
YOUNG: "Well, I think it is incumbent upon me, with Greendale out there, to do everything that I can to try to live up to Sun Green's vision of what the world should be like, and the kind of changes people should make. Which is more like, "Put your money where your mouth is.

And it's slow, a painfully slow process, but one of the things that we are doing is starting to power our vehicles for this next tour with bio-fuel that has no emissions that damage the ozone, 75 to 80% less pollution than normal diesel, and we'll just try to make a statement that, "Hey, this is something you can do right now, I could be driving around in my SUV or Hummer burning vegetable oil." The thing everybody hates about those is how wasteful they are. The fact that it's big, it's in the way, it's macho, and it's polluting the fucking planet and wasting fuel while it's doing it, it's pouring gallons and gallons of gasoline through one of these things, that's what bothers people."

And that's only one reason why we applaud the LincVolt project.


The inconvenient truth of Greendale is that regardless of whether you loved it or hated it, it was "the most important album of 2003, the musical equivalent of Silent Spring".

Now that is clear that the classic capitalist economic model is seriously flawed we need to understand how best to re-engineer our societies. Because we have now reached the fork in the road and must make a serious choice -- continue in the direction we're heading or choose the hidden path which is less traveled.

Mother Earth by Neil Young

Oh, Mother Earth,
With your fields of green
Once more laid down
by the hungry hand
How long can you
give and not receive
And feed this world
ruled by greed
And feed this world
ruled by greed.

Oh, ball of fire
In the summer sky
Your healing light,
your parade of days
Are they betrayed
by the men of power
Who hold this world
in their changing hands
They hold the world
in their changing hands.

Oh, freedom land
Can you let this go
Down to the streets
where the numbers grow
Respect Mother Earth
and her giving ways
Or trade away
our children's days
Or trade away
our children's days.

Respect Mother Earth
and her giving ways
Or trade away
our children's days.

Neil Young performed "Mother Earth" at each of his concerts during 2010.


So, if you never really figured out what 2003's Greendale was all about -- or if you missed the stageplay concert -- then take a few moments and watch this video of "Be The Rain".

Be the Rain. Be the Change. Be the Wheat.


“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

-- Ancient Indian Proverb.

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At 4/22/2012 03:37:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...


Working all day
For my pay
Just to say
We're OK

Running all night
From the fright
Thats in sight
On Earthday

Smog chokes the air
You can't stare
Don't you care
State your say

Corporate endeavor
Spills oil
All over
Valdez Bay

Chernobyl explodes
Turning hope
And your skin
To decay

The tables have turned
As the Amazon
In its grave

Working all day
For my pay
Just to say
We're OK

Running all night
From the fright
Thats in sight
On Earthday

Trash lines the streets
Can't compete
With the heat
Ozone layer

Its time of the season
We reason
This lesion

4/2/1990 &4/17/91

words and music: SONY


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