Credit: words & music by 7th Grade Group C at Upper Perkiomen Middle School, PA, (c) 1998
Lyrics: This song was written during an artist residency we conducted in November, 1998. The 7th graders wanted to write this song because a number of them were involved in working to stop a developer from building condominiums in a meadow which was special to them. The students later sang this song at a Township meeting where these issues were to be discussed, and received a standing ovation!
There’s a place in the forest where the trees grow thick
and the crystal clear creek flows steady and quick
Children are swinging on vines in the trees
Gathering bluebells in the sweet-smelling breeze.
There are wildflowers scattered all around the creek
and the herons are spearing fish with their beaks.
These are the reasons we love this land.
To save this place we must take a stand.
Who decides what happens with the land?
The developers shouldn’t cause they don’t understand
You don’t miss your water 'till your well runs dry
You don’t miss the animals until they all die
If the trees in the forest were all cut down
All you’d see would be houses for miles around
The sweet-smelling flowers would all fade away
The children would be crying 'cause they’ve lost their place to play
They would steal our water then sell it back
The animals would leave 'cause they’d lose their habitat
There would be pollution in the water, earth and air
We won’t let this happen because we truly care
Hey Mr. Businessman, you see the children play
Is money more important? Will you turn away?