I made it my goal for today to write a song about doing a better job of conserving our natural heritage. The song that I came up with is called ‘Donkeys, Elephants, and Caribou.’ The lyrics are below the link to me playing the song, so that you can read along (or read only) if you’d like.
Donkeys, Elephants, and Caribou
Paul wakes up and makes his eggs,
he says: ‘here we go again.’
The old engine fires, moves his tires
to the place that hollows his years.
By the forest-bordered river he drives
where there’s so many memories
that for a moment he forgets
the radio’s conspiracies.
With hair done and makeup on,
Winona walks through the park.
The girls will be indignant today,
the news never disappoints.
But, for a moment, the gossip-world erodes.
As a young fox pounces on a leaf,
Winona feels a warm glow
that she hasn’t felt in weeks.
But Evelyn the politician says:
Pauls shouldn’t trust Winonas,
because donkeys and elephants don’t mix.
And demonizing and dividing she knows,
gets herself far more votes.
And people become so dizzied that they
fail to see the beauty that she sells to
get profiteers to give her money.
The Evelyns of the world will do whatever they can
to change the image that in the mirror they see
But they’re just reflections of Paul, Winona, you, and me.
And their charisma is often meant just to deceive.
Don’t listen when they say to disagree, without thinking.
So, let’s prove the politicians wrong.
Let’s tell them loud and clear
that there’s something about which we all agree.
Whether we’re ‘R’s’ ‘D’s,’ or ‘L’s’,
We won’t sleep under your spell.
We demand our natural heritage to be protected,
Or you won’t be elected
Or you won’t be re-elected
Or you won’t be elected.