Gratitude for Greta: I wrote this song about the young Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg who has gained international recognition for promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis arising from climate change. It was a song of gratitude for this “bright young girl” written at a time when Greta was being vilified by many climate change deniers
GRATITUDE FOR GRETA by Kathryn Clements
V1 There is no place on this earth that we haven’t touched
Our children tell us they’ve had enough
They march upon the squares and streets and they cry out loud
What will happen,What will happen to us now What will happen to us now.
There’s no time to waste
There’s no time to sleep
Can’t you hear our Mother as she weeps?
No time to wait
No time to sleep
Can’t you hear Mother Earth as she weeps, as she weeps?
V2 You laugh, you lie …you even try to deny the truth
And think that we will simply place out trust in you
But the time has come for everyone to make their choice
To ignore or to heed our mother’s voice, our mothers voice
Thank you for sending us this bright young girl
Who shines her light throughout the world
Oh she dares to hope, she dares to dream and she dares to lead
With her heart upon her sleeve