Garbage – pt. 2

Last week I posted the song “Garbage, Garbage, Garbage” by Pete Seeger.

To me the strength of Pete’s songs is that they can be shared. Covers by others have become classics (“If I Had A Hammer” by Trini Lopez or “Turn Turn Turn” by The Byrds). But he also made his versions of great songs (Joni Mitchel’s “Both Sides Now” or Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” and “Forever Young”).

But who better to ask for a new version of “Garbage, Garbage, Garbage” than Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch, the most famous waste expert on the planet?

The song was written by Bill Steele in 1969, Seeger recorded it in the seventies. He added one verse:

In Mister Thompson’s factory, they’re making plastic Christmas trees
Complete with silver tinsel and a geodesic stand
The plastic’s mixed in giant vats from some conglomeration
That’s been piped from deep within the earth or strip-mined from the land.
And if you question anything, they say, “Why, don’t you see?
It’s absolutely needed for the economy,” oh,

Oh, Garbage! Garbage! Garbage! Garbage!
There stocks and their bonds — all garbage!
Garbage! Garbage! Garbage! Garbage!
What will they do when their system goes to smash
There’s no value to their cash
There’s no money to be made
But there’s a world to be repaid
Their kids will read in history books
About financiers and other crooks
And feudalism, and slavery
And nukes and all their knavery
To history’s dustbin they’re consigned
Along with many other kinds of garbage.
Garbage! Garbage! Garbage! Garbage!

It’s remarkable how up to date this song is today.

We’re still robbing the earth’s resources and only giving back waste. We’re treating people like garbage. Politicians talk garbage and you can buy cheap garbage at the corner of every street.

Have we not learned anything in 45 years? Perhaps not.

One thing I learned from Seeger is his approach. Always trying to see the good in people and calling for a more humane and friendly world. Solidarity for everyone (regardless of religion, skin tone or nationality) and responsibility towards the world around us. Inclusive thinking in a world that seems to revolve around individuality, egoism and greed.

That’s why last weekend I wrote an open letter to one of the American presidential candidates, asking him to come over to Holland and make a guitar, put his little hands to work and do something useful for a change. Until now I haven’t heard anything, except for this short message when I send him a pm on Facebook…

Trump reaction

Anybody an idea how to get through to him?

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