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Why Do We? (Paulette Meier © 2006) / Power (John and Johanna Hall, ©1979 Blackwood Music & Siren Songs.)
“Power” became an anthem in the anti-nuclear power movement; we sang it often in our successful effort to stop the Zimmer nuclear plant near Cincinnati. Although the dangers of nuclear power continue, we altered the original lyrics to include all fossil fuels, which are both polluting and warming the planet. Paulette wrote the a cappella opening as a start of a different song, but we realized it fit well as an introduction to this one!

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Why Do We? (Paulette Meier) and Power (John and Johanna Hall)

Intro: Why do we pump oil from under the ground?
Why do we dig uranium from under the ground?
Why do we pump oil deep from under the ground?
When we have sunshine abundant from the sky,
And we have the power of the wind soaring by,
And we have endless water flowing down.
Why do we destroy our sacred ground?

Chorus:
Just give me the warm power of the sun
Give me the steady flow of a waterfall
Give me the spirit of living things as they return to clay
Just give me the restless power of the wind
Give me the comforting glow of a wood fire
But won't you take all your atomic poison power away

1) Everybody needs some power I'm told
To shield them from the darkness and the cold
Some may seek a way to take control when it's bought and sold
I know that lives are at stake
Yours and mine of our descendants in time
There's so much to gain and so much to lose
Everyone of us has to choose

Chorus

2) We are only now beginning to see
how delicate the balance of nature can be.
The limits of her ways have been defined,
and we've crossed that line.
Some don't even care or know that we'll pay
But we have seen the face of death in our day
So little time to change our ways,
If only we together could say:

Chorus

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from Just Earth, released January 1, 2017
Paulette Meier: lead vocals, Jamie Fota: guitar, vocals, Len Webb: vocals

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