Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (, are very close to our vision of an ecological society

03 December, 2007

Save the Whales by country joe mcdonald album Paradise with an Ocean View 1976

When my grandpa was a boy,
he went down to the general store
Saw a picture book of a whale
shooting its spout and flashin' its tail

Then he got a sailor's dream
'bout cruisin' around on the salty sea
Joinin' up with a fishin' crew
to go out and get him a whale or two

Tell me what kind of men are these
who sail upon the salty seas
Up in the rigging in the afternoon,
swabbin' the decks and sharpenin' harpoons

Hooray and up she rises
Hooray and up she rises
Hooray and up she rises
Early in the morning

Shanghaied by the light of the moon,
put out from Boston in the middle of June
After six months out at sea,
it's nothin' but death and misery

Set out on a three-year cruise,
a union ship and a union crew
And after six months you begin to see,
that whalin's not what it used to be

A modern ship and a modern crew
with sonar scopes and explodin' harpoons
A mechanical boat made outta steel,
a floating machine built to kill the whales

Hooray and up she rises
Hooray and up she rises
Hooray and up she rises
Early in the morning

There're lots of whales in the deep blue sea,
we kill them for the company
We drag 'em 'longside and chop 'em in two
and melt 'em down and sell 'em to you

There hardly is a sailor alive
who can keep the tears from his eyes
As he remembers the good old days
when there were no whales to save

Thank the Russians and Japanese
for scouring the deep blue seas
Looking for ivory and perfume
and plastic toys and pet food

Another song against whale hunting, especially with modern devastating methods for profitable reasons and for fulfilling consumers’ useless needs.

You can hear this song in youtube

You can hear some songs of later Country Joe in my space:

Don’t bogart that joint

who cares


Success Tips said...

It's two in the morning and I haven't heard this song in 20 years.

Now that I read the words, it's amazing how prophetic it was.

This song was way ahead of it's time.

I got chill bumps singing along to the lyrics.

aigaiopelagitis said...

It is really a song that stirs our sentiments still today. Thanks for your remarks which encourage us to continue.

Joseph S. Scott said...

yes late at night for me also, only it has been 30 years since i first heard this song when my HS environmental studies teacher played it. man that class and that song changed my life toward the good path and i never left it. namaste

candiru - stratis aigaiopelagitis said...

thank ou, very exciting! Sometimes songs, movies, novels and generally art affect desicively our choices and consequently our lives.

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