Paradise

from by Dan Kemp

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What will you say when your grand children ask, what was it like in the past?
When the tide has rised, when pollution clouds the sky, and asphalt has covered all the grass

Will you tell them that you just stood by, as they paved over paradise
you where too busy with your life,
to do any more, didn't want to break the law
some things are worth fighting for

Did water you can drink once flow from the rocks did the soil once bear crops?
did animals dwell in the forests dark dell, did the birds fill the air with their flocks?
Did forests once stretch across continents, could you leave the town and breath the clean air?
did your greed drive you on, did you destroy for fun, or did you just not care?

Why did you ignore the signs why did you ingore the science when they told us something must be done
When there was still time, we could have changed our line but we stuck our course and now it's all gone
where once tall trees did stand, where once lay fertile land,
is paved over strip mined or dead
how we let it go, did we just not know or did we happily go where we where led?

What will you say when your grandchildren ask, what was it like in the past
when the desert has spread, the oceans are dead and food supplies are running out fast

oh well we went to the woods, we did all we could
but they would not listen though it was for their own good
and blinded by 'economics' they couldn't see the growth
short term profits at the expense of the things that matter most
money doesn't grow on trees which made it hard for them to see
the value in diversity, that natures gifts aren't all for free
and we'll pay the cost eventually, but the real tragedy
is the ones who'll pay the most, will be those who have the least.

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from Holding On, released August 24, 2016

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Dan Kemp Bristol, UK

Dan is a folk singer and fiddle player with occasional forays into punk and ska music. He sings and plays wherever he gets the chance, whether that's busking around Europe, performing at a punk gig or playing the fiddle at a folk session. He is also a member Will Tun and the Wasters and regularly collaborates with Ash Victim ... more

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