Island Creek (2021)

Island Creek

              

A soft wind blows, a heron croaks, 

the sunlight flows down through the oaks

I’ve gone so gray like weathered teak

One more day on Island Creek

 

The dogs still play out by the pond

I call but they just don’t respond

I’ve gone so gray like weathered teak

Anchors away on Island Creek

 

It’s just a dream, one afternoon

Idyllic stream, forgotten June

I’ve gone so gray like weathered teak

Far from the fray on Island Creek

 

The bullfrogs bow their sweet sad song

as if they know my time is gone

I’ve gone so gray like weathered teak

But my heart will stay on Island Creek

 

And if my mind should slip away

so I can’t find the words to say

don’t cry for me, I’m not so weak

I’m young and free on Island Creek

Just let me be, it’s all I seek

One last day on Island Creek

 

Don’t cry for me, I’m not so weak

I’m young and free on Island Creek

I’m young and free on Island Creek

Demon Wind

 

There’s a demon wind a comin’

And we’d best get off the dime

We can all just look away but man, we’re running

Out of time

The rain forests are burning

California’s half on fire

The polar ice is melting and the seas

Keep getting higher

 

Chorus

You can shake your head and you can hide it in the sand

Say “We didn’t cause this, man, it’s just what is”

But that won’t be much solace for our children or their kids

Don’t mistake convenient ignorance for bliss

 

The coal plants keep on smoking

While islands disappear

And the trees that just might save us are bulldozed down

As doom draws near

 

Chorus

 

Temperatures keep rising

While governments slink low

Children wiser than their elders cry for change

‘Cause those poor kids know

 

There’s a demon wind a howlin’

While you laugh and sip your wine

Better hope you’ll be forgiven

“Cause we may be out of time

Chorus