SILENT SPRING SONG (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Verse 1 and Refrain sung by David Moddle and accompanied by Ron Klusmeier.

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Lyrics

Now is the time for a reckoning,
now all is flowering and flourishing,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
soon there may be just a silent spring.

Silent the voices in bush and tree,
silent the creatures of air and sea,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
ours are the hands that took earth for free.

We are the root of the earth’s unease,
we are the pirates who dredge the seas,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
ours is the creed doing as we please.

We are the spenders of precious store,
we are the greedy who take no score,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
ours are the mouths wanting more and more.

We take the bounty of all you give,
we are the sorrow that makes you grieve,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
mindfully choose how the world will live!

Author / Composer Comments

Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Touch the Earth Lightly (Hope Publishing Co., 2008, page 156): “I feel that the churches soft-pedal or neglect the whole issue of environmental damage and the urgency of ‘green’ theology by continuing to sing about the beauties of creation without too much responsibility for ecological ‘sin’ and our continued part in this.”

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