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Earth Songs

“Oh nectar, sweet like a honeybee!”

Music, stories and dances to celebrate our great planet and the gifts it bestows. Sing along as we zoom from far-off outer space right into our own backyards. Join me as we explore the natural world, how we care for it, and care for each other. From Athena’s magical olive tree to the Japanese peace cranes, your spirit is bound to fly “up, up, up!”

 

 

 

WINNER! Parents' Choice Award

“Don't expect a litany of sing-along facts from Earth Songs. The multi-talented Susan Reed delivers her lessons with a warm and kind voice, skilled musicianship and genuine appreciation for the world around her. As adept with a banjo as she is with a violin, Reed's folk songs and ballads are welcoming invitations to listeners of all ages.” - Review © 2006 Parents' Choice

Tracks

1. Earth Song

Earth Song

The earth circles round the sun each year
Past days, weeks and months, our birthdays we cheer
Growing taller, faster, smarter, wiser
The earth circles round the sun each year

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The stars shine from the heavens
Reaching as far as far as can be
The stars shine from the heavens
The earth circles round the sun each year

The earth, she tilts and makes the seasons
When we're tilting towards the sun our summer has begun
When we're leaning away winter's frost is on the way
Our earth, she tilts and makes the seasons

chorus

We have one moon it circles thirteen times a year
We all know the same moon, and hold it dear
No matter where your home lies, in peace we share the moon
Our moon circles thirteen times a year

chorus

The earth spins round turning daytime into night
We don't feel the turning but the yearning at the sight
Of the sun rising, as we start each day anew
The earth spins daytime into night

The stars shine from the heavens
Reaching as far as far as can be
The stars shine from the heavens
The earth spins daytime into night
The earth spins daytime into night

2. Grampa

Grampa

The white pine calls to Grampa, he’s up before the dawn
His sweater flecked with sawdust, black fishermen’s cap on
The cool night air turns the day, you can taste the morning dew
He strikes the light in the workshop, there’s sanding work to do

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With his wood, his chisel, with his knife he whittles
As he listens to the story in the wood

Benches to be mended, chairs tightened, glued, and pressed
Toy boats for great grandchildren, they too have their requests
And all the while he hears the white pine sing her song
He’ll set free the shape of a maiden before too long

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When we walk in the forest some see berries some see bees
Branches to climb, light streaming through the trees
Grampa notes the elm grove, smells cedar in the air
From seedling to great oak, there’s a sculpture in there

Morning chores are through, jigs and hammers tucked away
Goodbyes exchanged as projects get put off for another day
In the quiet heat of noon, Grampa moves to his lady friend
Checks her grain, then starts to carve this tree to life again

chorus

When we walk in the forest some see berries some see bees
Branches to climb, light streaming through the trees
Grampa notes the elm grove, smells cedar in the air
From seedling to great oak, there’s a sculpture in there

chorus (x2)

3. Dip Into the Water

Dip Into the Water

Dip into the water, dive into the sea
Dip into the ocean, let’s dance you and me

Circle left around the harbor, the sun is setting low
Red, right, return, the night sky’s aglow

It’s a right hand star, I see Pleiades
Left hand star, I see Mars

Two hand turn your opposite feel the wind along the shore
Two hand turn your partner, let’s dance some more

4. Athena and Poseidon

Athena and Poseidon

story

5. Olive Tree

Olive Tree

Poseidon struck his trident
From the earth sprang forth the sea
Athena knelt with a seedling in hand
And planted an olive tree

For a thousand years, from flower to fruit
Giving oil, bearing branches for heat
A gift that keeps giving is a gift indeed
All from a seed

6. Fireside

Fireside

instrumental

7. Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly Trap

I’m flying south (south, south)
Down to the Carolinas
On vacation to see what I can see

The sky is blue (so blue)
There’s a sweet smell in the air
Oh nectar, sweet like a honeybee

But it’s a Venus Fly Trap don’t be tempted, stay on track
A Venus Fly Trap, watch out or she’ll go SNAP!

8. Up, Up, Up

Up, Up, Up

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Up, up, up, up in a balloon
Up so high I can touch the moon
Up, up, up, sailing with the clouds
Look at me, I’m so high, I can fly, I know how

Trains are fun, race cars are fast
Riding bikes down by the river is a blast
But if I had my way, just one chance for a day
I’d go ballooning to the stars so I could fly

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Some creatures swim, others climb
My kind talk all the time
If I had my way, just one chance for a day
I’d trade places with a bird so I could fly

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I feel the rush of the wind as we climb higher
I taste the cold, I touch the air I am the sky

I see all people, all trees
Cats and dogs, bears and monkeys
Cars and buildings, all those cities
Jungles, mountains and countries

They’re blending into just one color, and it’s green

chorus

9. Cranes

Cranes

One thousand paper cranes
Forming in my hands
One thousand paper cranes
The hope of peace for all lands

10. Paper Cranes

Paper Cranes

story

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