They say that we are running out
Of everything; if we don’t wean
Ourselves from greed, continually flout
The laws of Nature—put ourselves in quarantine
From Baltimore to Bethnal Green—
We’ll crash this Spaceship Earth if we don’t man it,
And all become more fit and lean;
They say that it will save the Planet.

They say we can no longer doubt
The future won’t be evergreen:
If there aren’t floods there will be drought
And every weather state between;
To put it bluntly we won’t have a bean,
And as for Progress, we must can it,
And live more simply—recycle, glean;
They say that it will save the Planet.

They say that we must go without,
On further gains must not be keen;
Forget religion, but become devout
For Goddess Earth; adopt a plain cuisine;
Live underground or in a mezzanine;
Having children’s an expensive taste—they’ll ban it;
And subsidize those windmills (the profits are obscene);
They say that it will save the Planet.


Prince, you can teach us to be green
Till we are cabbage-looking; wherever there’s a fear you’ll fan it;
The rich can teach the poor how to be mean;
They say that it will save the Planet.

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