‘For the climes they are a-changin’

Come gather ’round people
wherever you roam
And admit that the carbon
around you has grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your clime to you
is worth savin’
Then you better start thinkin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the climes they are a-changin’.
Come scientists and critics
who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And speak right now
For the sceptics still spin
And there’s no tellin’ what
Lies they’re namin’
For the liars now
They will never win
For the climes they are a-changin’.
Come politicians, businessfolk
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For those that get hurt
Will be they who are poor
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon drown your coastlines
And blow away your walls
For the climes they are a-changin’.
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
Do criticize more
Because you can understand
Your sons and your daughters
Will not have a chance
The old world is
Rapidly warmin’.
Help heal the Earth
You can lend your hand
For the climes they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The carbon is cast
The slow ice melt now
Will later be fast
As the death drought grows
The dry winds will blast
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first to change now
Will be without carbon sin
For the climes they are a-changin’.

With apologies to Bob Dylan. Perhaps these are the lyrics he would have written if ‘the times’ was written today? First published on my old Blog, Healthearth in 2007.

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