Redwood Rock Songs

Written for the Houston-Headwaters Rally:

CALL OF THE WILDLIFE:
Give a Voice to the Endangered Species

and a proposed video production of

the "Houston Karaoke for Headwaiters"

(not to be confused with the "Houston Coalition for Headwaters")

and a Wildlife Pageant youth fashion show and costume contest



"For Kelli Komiss, Woody Harrelson, Charles Hurwitz, and Houston Artists, in hopes of inspiring creative solutions to economic environmental problems."

INTRODUCTION (Opening act by the "California Redwoods")
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INTRODUCTION

0.	NEW INTRO: "Send the World a Message"
	California Redwoods (in dark sunglasses and sneakers)
	sing in the style of "Heard it through the Grapevine"
	Click icon to rock 'n' roll to the Opening Song.


	In California, across the Bay,
	Lies a bridge called the Golden Gate,
	Where Woody Harrelson, a friend of mine,
	Got in trouble when he hung a sign.

		He didn't write no telegram
		Intended only for Maxxam

	Instead he sent the world a message
	That our redwood trees are precious
	No, oh, those trees cannot be cut and sold
	So let's set the words to rock-n-roll
	And let the truth be told
		(Let's sing to classic records
		Till we save the California redwoods!)

	Down in Texas - a friendly state -
	Lives a man we irritate
	Because we visit there all the time
	And salute him from our picket line

		We hate to call him and fax 'im
		At his office up at Maxxam

	But we've got to
	Send the world a message
	That our redwood trees are precious
	No, oh, those redwoods can't be cut and sold
	Cuz they're worth more than their weight in gold
	So let the forest grow
		(Let's send the world a message
		To protect the California Redwoods!)  

	Now this issue's getting critical
	Ain't no time to get political
	Cuz the redwoods are everyone's
	Like the moon and the shining sun

		Let's do a show on M.T.V.
		And declare ME -- the National Tree!

	Let's rock
	And send the world a message
	That our redwood trees are precious
	No, oh, those redwoods cannot be sold
	Cuz they're worth more then their weight in gold
	So let's rock-n-roll . . . YEOW!


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INDEX OF SONG LYRICS
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Click below for new words to old favorites sung by:

FOUR TOPS - Opening Act
NEW SONGS
STING - Maxxam songs
MADONNA - Marbled Murrelet song
MADONNA - Ecosystems
MADONNA - Wildlife Prayer
NINE INCH NAILS - Creation Song
ENYA - Interlude
MORE NIN - Headwaters Hole
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Wild California
TINA TURNER - Workers Songs
ABC - 40 Story Redwoods
Song Formerly Sung by PRINCE
BRITNEY SPEARS - Song for the Birds
DON HENLEY - Funny Money
BILLY JOEL - Please Let the Redwoods Grow
SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Song of Nonviolence
SELENA - Love Every Creature
MARILYN - Singing Telegram for Maxxam
ELVIS - Old Growth Trees / Taxbreak song
MICHAEL JACKSON - Media Blitz song
CYNDI LAUPER - Homeless Animal song
CARLY SIMON - Everyone Loves the Redwoods
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Headwaters U.S.A.
(PRODUCTION NOTES)

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CELEBRITY LOOKALIKES WANTED for music video and rock concert campaign to save the Headwaters redwoods and rainforest ecosystem from corporate destruction. Singers/Dancers needed to perform new words to old rock-n-roll favorites by: STING, MADONNA, TINA TURNER, BILLY JOEL, DON HENLEY, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and more! (Drag queens are welcomed!) We also need a chorus line of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis lookalikes, so spread the word! Help - Save - Our - Redwood - Trees . . . (More details to be posted soon . . . Stay tuned!)
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NEW SONGS

BRITNEY SPEARS

"Stop - They're Logging Again" (in the style of "Oops I Did It Again")

BRITNEY SPEARS

FAITH HILL

"Who Made This Mess" (in the style of "This Kiss")

FAITH HILL


NINE INCH NAILS

"Creation Song" (in the style of "Closer")

The love of God's Creation Cries out in desperation To end the devastation By global corporations Help me - They've gutted out my insides Help me - To cut more trees to sell Help me - The wildlife that used to thrive Help me - Can not survive someplace else I want to save endangered animals Create a haven in the redwoods I want to keep the forest virginal Before the beauty is gone And too much damage is done You can -- help with preservation You can help - purchase the land We - can be - the salt of the earth We can fund a better plan Help me - Don't tear down my redwoods Help me - For lumber to sell Help me - Don't kill off - indigenous life You'll never find anywhere else We've got to save endangered animals We must protect the ancient redwoods And stop environmental criminals Before the damage is done And - every species is gone [SPOKEN: Save Headwaters Forest, and the redwood trees From mass destruction, by corporate greed We have no reason, we have no right To take God's own Creation, and kill it overnight] Help us out - Help save the redwoods, help save the trees Help us now - Help free the forest, from corporate greed Help us out - Help buy the redwoods, help save the land Help us now - Help make a difference, who says you can't Mother Earth - is on her knees - help save - her redwood trees Mother Earth - is crying please - help save - my redwood trees [OPTIONAL REPEAT, WITH VAR.] The voice of God's Creation Cries out for liberation From endless devastation By corporate domination Help me - They've gutted out my insides Help me - To cut more trees to sell Help me - The wildlife that used to thrive Help me - Can not survive someplace else We've got to save endangered animals Create a haven in the redwoods Why can't we keep the forest virginal Before the beauty is gone And too much damage is done We can build a reservation If we just bought up the land We can't stop - the rape of the earth Unless you lend a helping hand Help me - Don't tear down my redwoods Help me - For lumber to sell Help me - Don't kill off - indigenous life You'll never find anywhere else We've got to save endangered animals We must protect the redwood forests And stop environmental criminals Before the damage is done And - every species is gone Help us out - Help save the redwoods, help save the trees Help us now - Help free the forest, from corporate greed Help us out - Help buy the redwoods, help save the land Help us now - Help save the planet, who says you can't Mother Earth - is on her knees - help save - the redwood trees Mother Earth - is crying please - help save - our redwood trees Join the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters: Headwaters Preserve . Org INTRO / SAMPLE MIX (verses at the beginning and middle of the mix)

ENYA INTERLUDE

"You and I" (in the style of "Only Time")

Who can save ancient redwoods - from destruction - You and I And who can save dying species - from extinction over time? Let's save the land from corporate demands Uprooting God's Creation Saving the Earth will bring a new birth To future generations Who can save redwood forests - from destruction - You and I We can save dying species - from extinction - if we try Right beside Headwaters Grove, lies a 700-acre hole Where redwoods several centuries old - still suffer under man's control Who can save ancient redwoods - from destruction? You and I We can save forest wildlife - we can - if we try We can, you and I ...

MORE NIN

"Headwaters Hole" (screamed in protest to "Head Like a Hole")

[Yell: Stop Maxxam! Get Hurwitz! Out of the Headwaters Forest!!] Got money? Honey, I got more than you Got millions - Can't stop me even if you sue Not human - I reign under corporate law Want something? I'll use junk bonds, and buy it all Just watch me plunder - Pacific Lumber Watch me take all of your redwood trees From Mother Nature - and the taxpayers Claim it as my private property Headwaters Hole - is out of control The salmon will die - if Maxxam won't let go Headwaters Hole - where the Elk River flows The forest can't live - under corporate control Why can't the redwoods be preserved And show respect for Mother Earth Majestic trees should be preserved We must protect the whole reserve Tax money's not wasted on the poor It grants forest land - to the rich corporate hords Who axe down the trees - till the taxpayers scream Then sell 'em right back for more They'll kill off the forest - Till we pay for it Might as well buy out the company For two hundred million, in shares that they're selling If we're gonna take back the redwood trees In Headwaters Hole - from Maxxam's control The salmon will die - if they don't let go of Headwaters Hole - where the Elk River flows The forest can't live - under corporate control Why can't the forest be preserved We must protect the whole reserve Those redwood trees should be preserved Out of respect for Mother Earth [Insert PSA - Repeat to end] Left: Why can't the redwoods be preserved And show respect for Mother Earth Majestic trees should be preserved We must protect the whole reserve Right: They'll kill off the forest, till we pay for it We've got to buy out the company For two hundred million, in shares that they're selling If we're gonna save all the redwood trees In Headwaters Hole - from Maxxam's control The salmon will die - if they don't let go of Headwaters Hole - where the Elk River flows The forest can't live - under corporate control Headwaters Hole - it's out of control The salmon will die - if Maxxam won't let go Headwaters Hole - where the Elk River flows The forest will live - if we take back control Why can't the forest be preserved We must protect the whole reserve Those redwood trees should be preserved Out of respect for Mother Earth Why can't the redwoods be preserved And show respect for Mother Earth Majestic trees should be preserved We must protect the whole reserve [Yell: Stop Maxxam! Get Hurwitz! Out of the Headwaters Forest!! Stop Maxxam! Get Hurwitz! Out of the Headwaters Forest!!] Help buy out the Hole in the Headwaters Forest

WILD CALIFORNIA
for the Redwood Tree Huggers (in the style of "Dani California" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
For background on the Headwaters Forest scandal, see http://www.wildcalifornia.org/pages/page-18

Preying on the nation, Maxxam Corporation Bought Pacific Lumber as a logging operation Up in Humboldt, trees took a tumble, Raided pension funds, watching jobs going under Endangered species in the redwoods have no price Why cut our losses that our taxes paid for twice Gypsy was a leader, came from Pasadena Killed as a pawn in a political arena Called for justice, to stop illegal logging Died for a cause that will never be forgotten Defending forests that preceded the birth of Christ Donít they deserve to survive California redwood trees Standing up to corporate greed Like the heavens in your reach Canít we learn to live in peace Yeah Yeah [silent prayer: Save - the - nation God's - Cre - a - tion] In Headwaters Grove, thereís a major hole Where the ecosystemís dying by the droves Bald eagles, left without a home Elk River salmon, got nowhere to go now How can we cut Mother Nature to the core Demanding more and more . . . California redwood trees Rise against the force of greed Like the heavens in your reach Canít we all just live in peace Please Please What if, the public knew the truth That land was bought by me and you With junk bonds in the billions Bad loans we had to pay Hurwitz loves children, how could he be a villain Blame it on the Board for making bad decisions Sister Butterfly, prayed for him to listen Saved her favorite tree, but the rest will cost millions Can we agree to protect the remaining lands In keeping with Godís plans . . . Itís in our hands . . . Canít we be like redwood trees Rise above the force of greed Canít we all, unite in peace Bringing heaven in our reach Yeah Yeah Like the giant redwood trees Rise above our world of greed Bringing heaven in our reach Can't we all just live in peace Please For background on the Headwaters Forest scandal, see http://www.wildcalifornia.org/pages/page-18

(PRODUCTION NOTES)

SHORT VERSION (3 acts + Intro): 0. Optional Intro - Marilyn's Singing Telegram to Maxxam [in the style of "Big Spender" / "I Wanna Be Loved By You"] Read mission statement and introduce "special guests" 1. Sting songs a. M.T.V. line: "Help - Save - The - Redwood - Trees . . ." [from "Money For Nothing"] b. Maxxam songs [in the style of "Roxanne" c. and "Don't Stand So Close to Me"] 2. Madonna songs a. Marbled Murrelet/Ecosystems songs [in the style of "Lucky Star" b. mixed with "Like a Virgin"] + women's drum corps c. and Wildlife Prayer intro [in the style of "Like a Prayer'] 3. Bruce the Boss (and the Corporate Bozo's, handing out animal- shaped balloons to children in the crowd) "Headwaters U.S.A." (in the style of "Born in the U.S.A.) TO "JAM WITH MAXXAM": Copy and paste these song lyrics into your next message to personal friends who are artists, musicians, or activists, inviting them to join the campaign! NOTE: Midi files not stored on this website; see www.angelfire.com/tx3/midiconcert. Help save the entire Headwaters Forest and the endangered species in the rainforest ecosystem. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR HOUSTON-HEADWATERS WILDLIFE WEEK: * Sunday, August 24, 6:00 pm, Bell Park, Montrose Blvd. 866-6532 or 867-5998 Gathering for workers on this and related employment/housing issues in Houston * Saturday - Sunday, August 30-31, Cast call for musical street theatre (Noah's Ark skit, Celebrity look-alikes) 867-5998 Emily emailus@ev1.net * Friday September 5 - interfaith prayer meeting and forum, time/place TBA To participate or sponsor, call 867-5998 (in conjunction with forum in California) Last day to submit poems/prose (1 page or less) on the theme of "The Tree of Life" for posting at www.houstonprogressive.org or to read at the rally. Submit to emailus@ev1.net or P.O. Box 981101 Houston TX 77098 * Sunday September 7, 4:00 pm, Zocalo yard 5223 Feagan Noah's Ark-Car building party for making props, banners, signs. Performers rehearse. * Wednesday September 10, Sidney the Flying Squirrel visits participating classrooms at a selected elementary school. Free workshops on paperfolding animals, in conjunction with a citywide scavenger hunt. For more information or to participate call 867-5998 * Friday September 12 at noon, 5847 San Felipe at Augusta: 1997 Headwaters Rally! Artists, activists, musicians, dancers join in "Giving a Voice to the Endangered Species" Houston Coalition for Headwaters: (281)497-6668 Kelli Komiss 12211 Drakemill, Houston, TX 77077 www.houstonprogressive.org

STING

I. THE EARTH POLICE Join Sting in global efforts to save rainforest communities in Africa and South America. See Rainforest Foundation International at www.rainforestfoundationuk.org. A. INTRO: (in the style of "Roxanne" Click here to Jam to Maxxam!) MAXXAM You don't have to cut down the redwoods Why destroy Pacific Lumber Once the trees are gone, they're gone for good MAXXAM You don't have to pay back Uncle Sam By logging trees for money In a multi-billion dollar scam MAXXAM You don't have to cut down the redwoods MAXXAM You don't have to cut down the redwoods Don't clearcut the redwoods, Don't tear up the dead wood, MAXXAM . . . Why should we hafta sue ya To get the message to ya? We'd rather sing you a happy song And find a way to get along . . . Let's write a bunch of music, distribute and produce it Release CDs and buy/save those trees, it's a better way . . . MAXXAM You don't have to cut down the redwoods Why sell your soul for money You'll do yourself/the world more harm than good MAXXAM Corporate welfare hard at work To rob the banks of Uncle Sam And ransom Mother Earth Join Sting in global efforts to save rainforest communities in Africa and South America. See Rainforest Foundation International at www.rainforestfoundationuk.org. B. "Don't Stamp Out Redwood Trees" (in the style of "Don't Stand So Close to Me") [NOTE: For Music, click here to Sing to Sting!] Old redwoods - the target - of careless corporate greed Destroying - rainforests - whole trees have gone to seed Extinction - approaching - for forest wildlife Hey Houston - get hustling - come join our battlecry: Don't stamp - don't stamp out -- don't stamp out redwood trees Red tree voles - bald eagles - and marbled murrelets Their homelands disappearing - to pay off business debts The salmon - in the rivers - reduced to one percent While Maxxam - fights battles - against the government Don't stamp - don't stamp out - don't stamp out redwood trees Please -- don't -- cut -- down -- old -- growth -- redwood trees Tell Clinton - by e-mail: President @ whitehouse, gov To save endangered species - in every redwood grove Call Congress' toll-free number* - and even Governor Bush** Stop logging - that lumber -- the more they pull, we'll push Don't stamp - don't stamp out - don't stamp out redwood trees Please -- don't -- cut -- down -- old -- growth -- redwood trees Help save - Help save our - Help save our redwood trees *** [MTV line]: Help -- Save -- Our -- Redwood -- Trees * * * president@whitehouse.gov * 1-888-449-3511 ** 1-800-252-9600 To e-mail Congress, try: e-thepeople.com or see Montrose Radio's list. *** [Midi file for closing line: Help Save Our, Help Save Our Redwood Trees]


TINA TURNER

II. TINA "MAD MAX-XAM" TURN-OVER-THE-LAND A. INTRO: Beyond Headwaters Grove (to the movie theme from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome) Click here to start music Dedicated to the generations of loggers who had been working at sustainable jobs until Maxxam started clearcutting instead. Redwoods held hostage By Maxxam in Houston Can't grow as fast as they're tearing them down Just ask the loggers At Pacific Lumber Forced to leave stumps that cover the ground Knowing someday their jobs are gonna hafta change If they clear off the land till nothing else remains You don't need to work for Hurwitz Just to get the ax from Maxxam Making money by exploiting Headwaters Grove Wiped out their pension All 68 million Raided the company looking for gold Hey Maxxam headquarters Stay out of Headwaters Give up the land, and you'll win back your soul While the rest of the world is going through a change For our young boys and girls the forest must remain They deserve an equal say You don't have to work for Hurwitz Just to get the ax from Maxxam Let us learn to look beyo-ond Headwaters Grove The same God, the Author of Life, Gives us heavenly wealth So we can't abuse our freedom and rights To bring destruction and death Or it's all for nothing You don't need to work for Hurwitz Just to get the ax from Maxxam We must protect the lands surrounding Headwaters Grove . . . B. "Can't Make a Living" (in the style of "One of the Living") dedicated to all Buddhists seeking the Right Livelihood As September comes, Soon the redwoods will lose their protection The Spotted Owl, perched on the verge of destruction You can't steal the pension of loggers 20 years on the job Will the banks of the rivers be the next ones you rob You know you gotta stop chopping the redwoods And show respect for Ol' Mother Nature Ya gotta stop hauling the dead wood With only 60,000 acres left Let's recall the land, and forget your debts Because you can't make a living When you're killing the planet (killing the planet) And the hopes of the children What are you leaving for them MAXXAM -- Watch out for freshwater salmon Swap Out! -- Pre-serve Headwaters, not Mammon Nature can't be replaced no matter how much you're worth Don't lose heart, soul, and face by destroying the earth You know ya gotta stop chopping those redwoods For love of God and WILD Mutha Nature You gotta stop hauling the dead wood There's only 60,000 acres left So let's preserve the land, and erase your debts Because you can't make a living When you're killing the planet (killing the planet) And the hopes of the children What are you leaving for them No, you can't make a living When you're killing the redwoods (killing the redwoods) And the hopes of the children What are you leaving behind


MADONNA - Marbled Murrelet song

III. MADONNA "FREE THOSE TREES" LOUISE A. "Empty Nest" (in the style of "Lucky Star") Dedicated to the Marbled Murrelet (see Secrets of the Nest by Joan Dunning, excerpts). To sing like a bird, click here for music (courtesy of Scott Chemello's Madonna Homepage). Murrelets -- you're a saving grace For the redwoods are Your favorite place, yeah You put Maxxam on a 10-month hold In a corporate world That's out of control Marbled Murrelets -- Don't leave the forest yet Marbled Murrelets -- Who will protect your nest Marbled Murrelets -- Next year where will you rest Marbled Murrelets -- Ye-es Officials of the government Only want to purchase 10 percent We must protect our virgin lands From the damage done by (our) unclean hands Marbled Murrelets -- Don't leave your empty nest Marbled Murrelets -- Where will your children rest Marbled Murre -- let's protect the wilderness Marbled Murrelets -- Say yes! C'mon -- Keep those corporate loggers away No, you can't fly off cuz we need you to sta-ay Tell me how much more should the taxpayers pay Just to keep Maxxam and the axeman at bay Please don't leave your empty nest Next year where will your children rest Please don't leave your empty nest A safeguard here in the wilderness C'mon -- Keep Maxxam and the axeman away Till we raise all the money they want us to pay Come back 'n' keep those corporate loggers away No, you can't fly off cuz we want you to sta-ay Please don't leave Your empty ne-ests The season ends in September, we know When next year comes, where will you go-o To invest in the Headwaters Forest stewardship plan endorsed by true environmentalists and other rare species, visit www.headwatersforest.org. Also see their excerpts from Secrets of the Nest by Joan Dunning. B. Insert Michael Jackson's "Media Blitz" Song [in the style of "Billie Jean"] and/or Ecosystems song [in the style of "Like a Virgin"] with Wildlife Prayer intro [in the style of "Like a Prayer"] Madonna Midi Files courtesy of Scott Chemello's Madonna Homepage. OTHER LINKS: Ray of Light video Madonna webring e-mail: extreme@madonnanet.com or jdje@madonnanet.com Official Madonna Fan Club (+ web design contest!) bill@madonnaweb.com C. Feature Women's Drum Corps (as a lead in to the following Elvis act)


ELVIS

IV. ELVIS, THE CORPORATE WELFARE KING A. INTRO: "Corporate Welfare" (the Taxbreak Song, in the style of "Heartbreak Hotel") NOTE: For heartbreaking midi file, click here to Imitate Elvis! It took over a billion dollars From crashing an S & L To buy the redwoods I control From my hi-rise hotel That's corporate welfare for ya That's corporate welfare Now you know where all your taxes go Now economic scholars Are asking around the world Why liquidate the redwood trees To subsidize a squirrel That's corporate welfare, baby That's corporate welfare Now you know where all your money goes I bought the trees with junk bonds And charged the tab to you So when it's time to sell them back I'll double my revenue That's corporate welfare, honey That's corporate welfare, Now you know where all your money goes The prisons are overcrowded There ain't no room for me But I'll be glad to serve my time In my humble penthouse suite That's corporate welfare, baby That's corporate welfare, Now you know where all your taxes go That's corporate welfare, honey That's corporate welfare, Now you know where all your money goes B. "Old Growth Trees" (in the style of "Blue Suede Shoes" - click here to hear an old song for old trees) Click here for info on boycotting old growth redwood products. If you log for a living, You take it slow. Gotta wait, gotta let those redwoods grow Oh please, don't cut down the redwood trees You can reap what you sow But let's keep the old redwood trees! The number of species That live in the tops Of the trees will drop if the choppin' don't stop [Don't go, pick on the red tree vole] No please, don't cut down my redwood trees It's a shame and a waste To take what you can't replace As wide as a house, as old as the Word Natural home of beautiful birds As tall as the length of a football field Who cares what patio chairs they yield Oh please, don't cut down the redwood trees You can reap what you sow But don't touch the old growth trees You can reap what you sow But let's keep the old growth trees! See www.ran.org/ran/ran_campaigns/old_growth for info on boycotting old growth redwood products.


MARILYN

V. MARILYN "MY HEART GOES OUT TO HURWITZ" A. INTRO: "Corporate Raider" (in the style of "Big Spender") [originally by Darryl Cherney, edited by Emily Nghiem] When you walked in the woods I could tell you were a man of destruction A real clear-cutter Corporate raider, Texas-size You bought Pacific Lumber so you could MAXXAM-ize But if you ask my opinion Those redwood trees were never meant to be Maxxam's Hey Charles Hurwitz We're gonna sing you -- a little telegram: [joined by a whole chorus line of Marilyn's] B. "Singing Telegram to Maxxam" (in the style of "I Wanna Be Loved by You") [originally by Emily Nghiem, edited by Darryl Cherney] Those trees Don't wanna be logged by you Cuz you Won't leave any residue! Those trees Don't wanna be logged by you So ple-e-e-ase Stop chopping those trees! Will it take another bail-out To get your own tail out Of deep hot water AND Headwaters, too? (BOOP - BOOP - EE - DO! ;-) Those trees Don't wanna be chopped in two By you And all of your Maxxam crew! Those trees Can never grow back again Old redwoods are The world's best friend! (THE END!) [wink]

ADDITIONAL LYRICS


A B C

VI. INTRO A. "40 Story Redwoods" (in the style of "15 Storey Halo" by ABC) for environmentalists in Europe who think Americans are nuts for letting Hurwitz get away with this nonsense! NOTE: Lyrics inspired in part by Kelli Komiss who compares Headwaters Grove to the heart of the human body, which can't operate without all the other blood vessels as well. Maxxam Corporation Bought the ancient redwood trees And began to liquidate them At a hundred thousand a piece! Now the Government wants to rescue Just a teeny tiny plot. We gotta save the ecosystem [or: But to save the ecosystem Before they pave the entire lot! We gotta buy the entire lot!] Of all: 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 60 thousand acres of Ancient - Redwood - Forest - Standing 40 stories tall! 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 60 thousand acres of Ancient - Redwood - Forest - Standing 40 stories high, over 25-feet wide! [TRUMPET] Endangered ocean seabirds Like to hang out in the trees Along with great bald eagles And other dying breeds Each layer of the biome Plays an equal vital part To pump life through the system You gotta have more than a heart! For all 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 60 thousand acres of Ancient - Redwood - Forest - Standing 40 stories high, 40 stories high! [TRUMPET] Click here to meet the guy Who helped Maxxam to buy Pa-ci-fic Lum-ber Com-pan-y Come help Earth First! To get Hurwitz nailed! There's a huge reward to throw poor Charles In jail! For sale: At $10 - 20 - 30 - 40 $50 thou$and dollar$! for 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 months to life in jail! $10 - 20 - 30 - 40 $50 thou$and dollar$! for 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 months to life in jail! (That's time served without bail!) We all believe In stopping corporate waste And saving trees Not telling lies and saving face! Can we agree To stop the corporate waste And save the trees And not spend more on saving face Than on Saving - 60 - Thousand - Acres Of ancient redwood forest 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 40 stories high, over 25-feet wide! For $50,000 Reward, see www.jailhurwitz.com.


PRINCE (a.k.a., A.F.K.A...)

"Save the Redwood Trees" (Song formerly known as "Litte Red Corvette") (Click here to start music) Dedicated to David Nathan "Gypsy" Chain, Julie Butterfly and Luna, Kaiser Aluminum Steelworkers and YOU! for putting Earth First! Click here for summary and photos of Julia's tree-sit by Shaun Walker. Pacific Lumber got in trouble When Maxxam bought it out Behind the company's back Using billions in junk-bonds Now they're asking multi-millions And an additional break in tax Well, the public ain't that dumb We're tired of corporate welfare Taxes and workers abused So now it's time 2 unite Behind environmental rights And the unions who stand 2 lose It's not 2 late 2 Save the redwood trees Hurry, we've gotta act fast Save the redwood trees We need 2 take the forest back Did Gypsy have 2 lose his life Forcing them 2 finally stop Logging illegally? While Julia Butterfly Sits 200 feet up high Standing up 4 her favorite tree? Is it worth it or not 2 publicize this plight As the ultimate lunacy? Yeah, it's time 2 unite Behind environmental rights And the workers who've joined the fight We'll find a way 2 Save the redwood trees Hurry, we've got 2 act fast Save the redwood trees We gotta take the forest back Somebody like Hurwitz Ought to be in jail For being a scourge to society But we'll forgive U, baby, just give back the trees (Or what's left of Pacific Lumber Company) Save the redwood trees Hurry, we've got 2 act fast Save the redwood trees We gotta take the forest back Save the redwood trees Maxxam has got 2 shut down Save the redwood trees Cuz if they don't they're gonna cut The forest right 2 the ground Right 2 the ground Right 2 the ground For stories on Julia Butterfly, visit: Butterfly Hill of Fame or her charitable Circle of Life Foundation.


DON HENLEY

B. "Funny Money" by "Down-to-earth Heav'nly" (in the style of "Dirty Laundry") (Click here to start music) Written for Charles Hurwitz, Darryl "Earth First!" Cherney, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Corporate America. For a history on Hurwitz, see $50,000 Reward!. I make my living raiding companies - Like Pacific Lumber - and the redwood trees The more I have the more I seize With my "funny money" Had-to bail-me-outta junk-bonds, from an S-and-L Crashed down like the redwoods, they force me to sell To pay off interest rates from hell On my "funny money" Stocks are going up, Stocks are going down Sell 'em when they're up, Buy 'em when they're down (sound of NY Stock Exchange) Stocks are going up, Trees are falling down Stocks are going up, Trees are falling down (sound of logging equipment) Tried to make it out in L.A., but I ran back here Another funny setback in my corporate career Welcomed here by Bob Lanier Despite my "funny money" In any other culture this is usury Spreading greed and corruption, and human misery God forgive our Treasury Built on "funny money" We could profit off our music, we could dance and sing In a global celebration, of every living thing Let's give Maxxam an offering Using honest money [REPEAT CHORUS] Funny how the media, and funny corporate ties Breed funny little stories Blowing smoke in your eyes Hired just to make up lies, with that "funny money" We could profit off our music, we could dance and sing In a global celebration, of every living thing Let's give Maxxam an offering Using honest money For $50,000 Reward, see www.jailhurwitz.com. CALLING ALL WILDLIFE! Houston artists and musicians, students, teachers, and parents are invited to create costumes, songs, and other artwork celebrating endangered species in the redwood forests owned by Houston's Maxxam Corporation. Citywide rally at noon on September 12, expected to draw national media attention. Come to the Noah's Ark-Car party September 7 at 4 pm at Zocalo Yard: 5223 Feagan or contact the Houston Coalition for Headwaters at (281)497-6668 www.houstonprogressive.org Kelli Komiss Invite all your friends: Help give a voice to the endangered species!

BILLY JOEL

C. "Please Let the Redwoods Grow" (in the style of "Only the Good Die Young" <-- click title for music from the Piano Man, or in this case, the Midi Man, courtesy of Billy Joel Webring.) This song is dedicated to Earth First! and all activists in California. (To support their legal defense, send donations to Pepperspray Victims Fund c/o First Amendment Fdn., 1736 Franklin St., 8th Floor, Oakland CA 94612. See www.peppersprayvictims.org/#donate. For Video Documentaries on this and other news, click here: HAVC videos.) C'mon, Charlie Hurwitz, give us a chance To raise up the money and meet your demands [To swap debt for nature, and stop your demands] On the last of the forests that covered the lands Thousands of years ago. . . Well, we put up a struggle, you put up a price We put up with pepper spray burning our eyes But nothing compares to when Mother Earth cries (Pain like you'll never know!) When you don't let the redwoods grow (Hey Hey Charlie baby) Please let the redwoods grow Please let those redwoods grow I know you've heard rumours concerning Earth First! But your reputation by far is the worst For causing destruction that can't be reversed It's all under your control So c'mon, Charlie baby, give us a break Sell off your stock for humanity's sake Don't cloud up the issues, like the rivers and lakes Destroyed when the soil erodes When you don't let the redwoods grow (Hey Hey Charlie baby) Please let the redwoods grow, Please let them redwoods grow! The forest has a bigger heart than the head of any corporation Mmm - I wouldn't trade my soul For any/For a bunch o' paper go-old But that's between you and God and the entire nation! Not only do we pray for you, But we're gonna hafta pay you, too! Oh, Owe, Woe . . . [We raised the amount of the bounty we'd pay [To send you to prison and lock you away [It-was 25 thousand, it's now 50-K [But that ain't the way to go! [ Charlie, please let the redwoods grow [ (I mean what I said) [ Please let the redwoods grow [ Please let the redwoods grow [ [ SAX SOLO -- Special thanks to Cyber-Monkey for Billy Joel midi files! Click here for the full Nylon Curtain Billy Joel Webring [The forest has a bigger heart than the head of any corporation [Why would you sell your soul [With every tree you've cut and sold [ Oh, no, no C'mon, c'mon, Hurwitz - please don't make us beg Stop chopping logs - we'll sign you a check For multi-millions to cover the debts You have as a CEO If you'd just let the redwoods go (Hey Hey Charlie baby) Please let the redwoods grow Please let those redwoods grow Please let them go, oh, oh Please let the redwoods grow Please let them grow, oh, oh Please let the red - woods - grow! Send donations to Pepperspray Victims Fund, First Amendment Foundation, 1736 Franklin St., 8th Fl., Oakland CA 94612. www.peppersprayvictims.org. For Video Documentaries on Julia Butterfly's Tree-Sit, the Pepper Spray Victims and Violent Police Tactics, including the tragic death of David Nathan "Gypsy" Chain at Grizzly Creek, click here: Video Page.


SIMON & GARFUNKEL

D. "Song of Nonviolence" (inspired by "Sound of Silence" Click to start music) for Gypsy (David Nathan Chain), Rachel Corrie, and all activists who dedicate their lives to changing the world through nonviolence and peace education *Click here for news clippings and memorial tributes by the families of Gypsy Chain and Rachel Corrie. Pacific Lumber, foe or friend, I've come to protest you again For logging trees on ancient forest land Protective policies and laws have banned Legislation - the state will not enforce There's no recourse It's a clear conspiracy of silence. Too many trees have hit the ground Not to hear them make a sound Are we so deaf, have we become so blind We cannot see the threat to all mankind If the right of God's creation to a life that's free Stands supreme, To steal this fruit is the root of violence. From here in Heaven I can see The folly of humanity People acting without thinking People killing without blinking People bowing down, while strong-armed governments Suppress dissent, Beneath a code of silence. As any politician knows Violence from oppression grows Is the bomb that Judi Bari took Unlike the ones that Oklahoma shook Or the hatred desecrating the Middle East While reason sleeps, Deep within ourselves. I ask all hands to join and pray Let no division block the way From building avenues of peace and joy For the sake of every girl and boy Ever killed or robbed of youth in the prime of life Forgive your strife And end the vicious trend of violence. Reverse the trend and bring an end to violence. For more songs and words for Gypsy, visit: www.headwatersforest.org/david.chain/Gypsy.remembered.html.


SELENA

NOTE: Help is needed to translate the following lyrics into Spanish or Vietnamese. Bilingual songwriters who feel inspired to write new lyrics, please jump right in! e-mail lyrics to: emailus@ev1.net Thanks! E. "Love Every Creature: Live Like the Lilies" (in the style of "Amor Prohibido" by Selena) A single plan of Creation Made us all When we look for Wisdom in Life It's beautiful If we trust in God to fill our needs From the smallest seed To the tallest of trees We can live like the lilies So graceful, not greedy We can't replace ancient forests that have vanished To hide the damage we're doing to the planet Clean air and water will soon be as endangered As the animals who live upon the land Or along the seashore -- Love every creature Think of the lit-tle birds That live off grains How many people on ea-rth Could we sustain? But we're feeding cows, while hungry mo-uths remain A false economy Is not reality Let's bring out the truth, like the sun and the rains Restore the oceans and let the forests grow back Or else our children won't have much of a planet Clean air and water may soon be as endangered As the animals who eat out of the hand Of Mother Nature -- Bless every creature Protect the oceans, don't let the forests vanish Let's break the habit of damaging the planet Before we stop global violence and killing We gotta start by showing more respect For all living things -- Think of your children Restore the oceans and let the forests grow back For all the children inheriting the planet Our sons and daughters are just as endangered As the animals who crawl up on the land From along the sea floor -- Love every creature


CYNDI LAUPER

F. "The Biome Song: Get Hurwitz out of our Home" for Cindy Logger and the Homeless Red Tree Voles (in the style of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Click to start music!) Join the Rainforest Alliance, at www.rainforest-alliance.org Our home - in the redwood trees Is a refuge for native endangered species Where will we go if you destroy all our homes Hey Maxxam stay in your zone And leave our forests alone The spotted owl, and the red tree vole Can not be replaced with either silver or gold Nor redwood trees at least a thousand years old Leave Mother Nature alone Get Hurwitz out of our home We need ho-o-o-o-omes! Bi-o-o-o-omes! Animals need room to roam, Keep loggers out of our zone And leave our forest alone! (crowd chants) Homes! Bi-omes! Not Junk Loans! Bi-omes! Save Our Homes! Our home in the redwood trees Is a rainforest full of endangered species Don't kill what you cannot rebuild on your own Hey Hurwitz give back our homes Leave old redwoods alone! We need ho-o-o-o-omes! Bi-o-o-o-omes! Redwood trees aren't yours to own To pay off corporate loans! Get Maxxam out of our homes! Join the Rainforest Alliance, at www.rainforest-alliance.org Parents, teachers, and students, artists and musicians, are invited to create costumes, poetry, and other artwork to celebrate the endangered species living in the redwood rainforests owned by Houston's Maxxam Corporation. The 1997 Houston-Headwaters September 12 drew major media attention, including live broadcast by the Houston Radio Collective, an appearance by actor Woody Harrelson, local art car artists, a Noah's Ark-Car float, musical performers, and a written petition. Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Headwaters Kelli Komiss, Coordinator , with a major grant from Woody Harrelson, activist in the hemp movement.

MADONNA - "Wildlife Prayer"

G. INTRO: "Wildlife Prayer" (in the style of "Like a Prayer") [NOTE: These individual sections may be spliced into the other "Ecosystems" and "Marbled Murrelet" lyrics to make a video dance mix. For midi file with extended intro, click here: Music!.] God made Headwaters Grove - full of creatures great and small He gave us Redwood Trees - 40 stories tall . . . (repeat slow melody:) Then Maxxam bought the land - and tried to cut them all The loggers came in droves - and made the Garden fall . . . How many of these - endangered species Live in the redwood trees - C'mon and count with me: Bald eagles and hawks - Salamanders and frogs Wild Murrelets - How many are there left? We have a choice, to follow God or Mammon We have a choice, to hear the Voice Of Compassion It's not God's will, to harm His own Creation Why should our forest life be killed By corporations? How many of these - endangered species Live in the redwood trees - c'mon and answer me: Bald eagles and hawks - Salamanders and frogs Wild Murrelets - How many are there left? After the Flood, God's creatures multiplied He didn't let one species die He made a promise [rainbow appears across the stage] It takes all kinds, to build an ecosystem, Each color shade, each Ray of Light To fill the spectrum How many of these - endangered species Live in the redwood trees - somebody tell me please: Bald eagles and hawks - Salamanders and frogs Wild Murrelets - How many are there left? O Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name: Stop war and destruction, End this corporate game. Deliver us from Mammon, World famine and greed. Teach Love and Compassion. Save the redwood trees! God made Headwaters Grove, full of creatures great and small By reaching out with love, we can save - them - all Life is a gift from God We must obey His Laws To live in Harmony That is our destiny Each creature needs a home A place to grow - and - thrive The Earth cannot be owned By Grace alone The world survives. Life is a gift From God above That only He can give Live simply that The beauty of The world can simply live [REPEAT to fade] (repeat slow melody:) God gave us Redwood Trees - Over 40 stories tall Now Mother Nature needs - our help to save them all Madonna Midi Files courtesy of Scott Chemello's Madonna Homepage. NETWORKING LINKS: Ray of Light video Madonna webring e-mail: extreme@madonnanet.com or jdje@madonnanet.com Official Madonna Fan Club (+ web design contest!) bill@madonnaweb.com


MADONNA - "Ecosystems"

H. "Ecosystems" for Madonna "Freedom of Trees" Louise, Hot Angry Feminists, and Cool Coho Salmon (in the style of "Like a Virgin" -- click here to Sing Along!) [to sponsor a contest to design the coolest coho salmon out of aluminum cans or other recycled material, call 867-5998] [OPTIONAL INTRO: Wildlife Prayer] The California Wilderness Needs government protection By the-Endangered Species Act Put out by Washington Forest lands Must be banned From Maxxam Or we'll have no choice But to save the trees And the ra-are species By being their voice For Ecosystems Untouched by the hands of man Egoti-i-i-ism Brings destruction Of virgin lands Don't you pollute the riverways Where coho salmon go to swim Logging bothers the red-legged frog And put the birds on a limb [video shot of people tree-sitting (see www.kmud.org/video)] If we wait At this rate It's too late There'll be nothing left So let's make an appeal Yeah, let's ma-ake that deal Swapping Nature for debt Ecosystems Untouched by the hands of man Won't be vi-i-i-ictims Of destruction, if WE take a stand For ecosystems Untouched by the hands of man No more vi-i-i-ictims No attacks on Our Motherlands (insert bridge/optional chants/Women's Drum Corps): No-o mo-ore victims -- NO WAY! Of your greedy system -- GO 'WAY! Save the ecosystem -- HER-RAY!!! Forest lands Must be banned From Maxxam Or we'll have no choice But to save the trees And the ra-are species By being their voice For ecosystems Untouched by the hands of man Won't be vi-i-i-ictims Of destruction, if WE take a stand [OPTIONAL CLOSING: See last stanza of Wildlife Prayer] Madonna Midi Files courtesy of Scott Chemello's Madonna Homepage. OTHER LINKS: Ray of Light video Madonna webring e-mail: extreme@madonnanet.com or jdje@madonnanet.com Official Madonna Fan Club (+ web design contest!) bill@madonnaweb.com


MICHAEL JACKSON

I. "Media Blitz" for Adbusters Media Foundation, Canada (in the style of "Billie Jean" Music files: 64K midi or 55K midi) [* asterisks indicate cue to reach out and hug a tree *] For ad parodies and enviro-mercials (including the spot on "tree farms"), contact www.adbusters.org at 800-663-1243 For TV ad samples send blank videocassette to Houston Progressive c/o: P.O. Box 981101 Houston, Texas 77098 vmb: (713)867-5998 emailus@ev1.net Some say that Hurwitz of Maxxam Is a caring man Who loves the redwoods at least as much as we do But how can that be true Why spread a rumour that justifies Cutting down to size The ancient redwoods to "let more sunlight come through" When we know that ain't true Buddha warned the people: Beware what you believe Don't repeat lies without any proof And Heisenberg reported: Whatever we perceive Changes slightly, too, for you can't escape the truth Our ancient trees are not for lumber They filter air * And embrace the sky with their arms * We need forests, not tree farms Old redwood trees are not for logging They house the birds * They greet with welcoming arms * So please don't bring them harm Maxxam has hired funny P.R. folks Who think life's a joke If they say only the species that fight can survive And deserve to multiply [more people dressed like trees come out] Why can't we act more like human beings, Rise above that scene, And see the world from the view of a 300-foot tree That can outlive you or me Mohammed told the people: Don't mess with usury The Christians and the Greeks warned us, too If greed becomes the focus of our economy Where will our actions lead, what damage will we do -- ooo! Old redwood trees are not for logging They house the birds * They greet with wide open arms * You shalt not do them harm Our ancient trees are not for lumber They help us breathe * Embracing the world with their arms * We need forests, not tree farms For ad parodies and enviro-mercials (including the spot on "tree farms"), contact www.adbusters.org at 800-663-1243 For TV ad samples send blank videocassette to Houston Progressive c/o: P.O. Box 981101 Houston, Texas 77098 vmb: (713)867-5998 emailus@ev1.net


CARLY SIMON

J. "Everyone Loves the Redwoods" for Carly "Coho Salmon" and Bonds, Junk Bonds (in the style of "Nobody Does It Better") For music, click here. For an inspirational song on the giant redwoods, see Tree of Ages Everyone loves the redwoods Old trees that grow above the rest Where spotted owls and Marbled Murrelets Choose to build their nests [Why triple the logging And cripple a company Controlling the Headwaters Grove To cover for junk bonds We'd rather skip out on Just to save the redwoods that we love] Help us to save the redwoods Let Nature exist on its own From the red tree vole To the red-legged frog Even salmon call it home Come sign our petition (Or sing your own rendition!) We want you to join our campaign To rescue Headwaters From Maxxam headquarters And set the forest free from corporate reign! For everyone loves the redwoods Giants that rise above the rest Indigenous species Depend on you and me So Heaven help us Help save the rainforest Save the rainforest Protect the wilderness It's nature at its best For another inspirational song on the giant redwoods, see Tree of Ages [+ option re-write of "Let the River Run" or Mick Jagger's "Dancing in the Street" as "Salmon in the Stream" etc.] Noah's Ark Song (re-write of the Unicorn/Noah's Ark Song) ... Save the Torrent salamander, and Cooper's hawk, Red-legged, yellow-legged, and little tailed-frog, From the lowest pond turtle to the highest tree vole We demand that Maxxam's got to go! ... Protect the Egret, the Yellow-breasted chat, The pine marten, purple martin, big-eared bat From the coho salmon to the cutthroat trout To save our hides, get Maxxam out! [may mix in "Salmon in the Stream" with a chorus of fish-lipped singing salmon: Put a call of the wild, out to 9 - 1 - 1 Can't you hear every creature scream [other animals scream] At the threat to hasten The decimation Of Salmon in our Streams In Headwaters Forest And Headwaters Grove When Maxxam jumped in That's when our numbers dove [dancers dive] All we need is water, pure water That's crystal clear and clean But soil erosion is quickly choking The Salmon in the Streams, etc. (These words are stupid, but you get the idea, I hope -- etn) NOTE: Words later recycled into lyrics for "Wildlife Prayer"]


BRUCE

K. FINALE: Bruce the Boss (and a bunch of Corporate Bozo's) "Headwaters U.S.A." (in the style of "Born in the U.S.A.") Click here to start music. Out west is a redwood forest Controlled by a "clown" who lives out of town We protest, and he just ignores us But when a tree falls, can't you hear the sound Headwaters U.S.A. is a Rainforest You Must Save, yeah Headwaters U.S.A. is a Rainforest You Must Save Won every lawsuit against Maxxam Chased Charles Hurwitz clear out of town We're still fighting, to save the land While the government's . . . still "clowning around" Headwaters U.S.A. is a Rainforest You Must Save Up north is a redwood forest Cut down by some "clown" living here in town So beat your drums, and repeat the chorus Shout it out loud, let him/'em hear the sound: HEADWATERS U.S.A. is a RAINFOREST YOU MUST SAVE


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