In 1649 To St. George's Hill, A ragged band they called the Diggers Came to show the people's will. They defied the landlords, They defied the laws; They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs. We come in peace they said To dig and sow. We come to work the lands in common And to make the waste ground grow. This earth divided We will make whole, So it will be A common treasury for all. The sin of property We do disdain; No man has any right to buy and sell The earth for private gain. By theft and murder They took the land; Now everywhere the walls Spring up at their command. They make the laws To chain us well; The clergy dazzle us with heaven Or they damn us into hell. We will not worship The God they serve, The God of greed who feed the rich While poor folk starve. We work we eat together, We need no swords. We will not bow to the masters Or pay rent to the lords. Still we are free men Though we are poor, You Diggers all stand up for glory Stand up now! From the men of property The orders came; They sent the hired men and troopers To wipe out the Diggers' claim, Tear down their cottages Destroy their corn. They were dispersed But still the vision carries on. You poor take courage You rich take care. This earth was made a common treasury For everyone to share. All things in common, All people one, We come in peace; We'll organize until it's done! *
*original lyric: "The orders came to cut them down." 2. Why Do We? (Paulette Meier) and Power (John and Johanna Hall) Intro: Why do we pump oil from under the ground? Why do we dig uranium from under the ground? Why do we pump oil deep from under the ground? When we have sunshine abundant from the sky, And we have the power of the wind soaring by, And we have endless water flowing down. Why do we destroy our sacred ground?
Chorus: Just give me the warm power of the sun Give me the steady flow of a waterfall Give me the spirit of living things as they return to clay Just give me the restless power of the wind Give me the comforting glow of a wood fire But won't you take all your atomic poison power away
1) Everybody needs some power I'm told To shield them from the darkness and the cold Some may seek a way to take control when it's bought and sold I know that lives are at stake Yours and mine of our descendants in time There's so much to gain and so much to lose Everyone of us has to choose
2) We are only now beginning to see how delicate the balance of nature can be. The limits of her ways have been defined, and we've crossed that line. Some don't even care or know that we'll pay But we have seen the face of death in our day So little time to change our ways, If only we together could say: Chorus
1. Generations oppressed, Passing on the distress. A mother lashes out in anger; A father beats his son in rage, And the heart of a child is slowly broken.
CHORUS (First two lines) 2. An estranged one stalks the night, Filled with ancient cruelty. He kills your loved one cold; The bullet rips your heart in two, And you wonder what it means To go on living.
CHORUS (First two lines) 3. Your trust in life betrayed, You think his death will help heal you. But it doesn’t stop the pain, And it doesn’t mend your soul. And it doesn’t help us all Be more fully human.
CHORUS (first two lines) 4. We will hold you close; You are safe to feel your rage. Through the storms of grief and anger, And the unleashed terror of the night. The tears break through like rain, heal your pain. Heal your pain. Tears break through like rain, Healing your pain. We will hold you close. Again and again. All the time it takes to heal your pain. Healing your pain. Final CHORUS (all lines)
Chorus 3. And great horned owl, you with your hidden ears, The slightest sound in the woods you can hear, You know the secrets of the dark. And with your wisdom and your listening heart, You discern what you must do. Help me discern what to do. 4. And red tailed hawk, you with your far reaching vision That holds you on course with your mission. You see ahead to what may come. And with your talons strong and your wings wide flung You see which way to go. Help me see the way to go. Chorus
Chorus 3. Reema goes to work each day, sewing hats in a factory. Her hopes for more community are dashed with every seam. She asks me why no one knows the fabric of their lives, the web that holds us all together, from which we all survive.
Bridge: Sometimes in life you meet someone who opens up your eyes. Now I see how much we’ve lost by severing the ties, That link us to the source and truth of everything we use. Instead we live in veiled deceit; is this the world we choose? Final Chorus
Chorus: Teach peace, unlearn the violence, respect each other’s dignity Teach peace, unearn the violence, live peace wherever you be. 1. Corporate greed’s spread war through many nations; Let the poor live on rations while using their land. We need to seek justice, justice for all nations, Justice for all races on Earth.
Chorus 2. People beware! We’ve waged war on our surroundings, In our poisons we are drowning, can’t we understand? We need to seek peace, seek peace with God’s creation, Learn to give, not just be taking from Earth.
Chorus 3. It seems everywhere the seeds of war are ragin’, One upmanship is takin’ us over the edge. We need to settle down, sit down at the table, Solve a conflict when we’re able, agree. Chorus (2x)
Chorus 3. Time to get off the porch swing and make an active start. If you’re not into the solving, then of the problem you’re a part. If you try to keep from choosing, then you choose the other side; To keep the world from losing, we can no longer hide.
Chorus And we’ve only just begun to undo the damage that was done; A new age philosophy, bringing hope for you and me; Put the old ways on the run. Put the old ways on the run. Put the old ways on the run.