Enough Common Cause

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Nealon
07/31/2016
Dave Nealon

Story

A song contest wanted pro-environment messages without preaching to the choir--songs about somehow getting a message where it's failed to penetrate before. I think I could write a dozen songs around that theme. But here's the first.

Lyrics

Your business assures us it’s blameless

This mining technique wholly harmless

But it fractures the bedrock of our trust

Lying under the land of coal black dust

 

I guess you don’t believe me either

Assume each other’s a bold deceiver

We argue with little chance of either winning

But there’s something we agree on when the stripers are running

 

Don’t we both believe in clean water?

Doesn’t everybody want pure air?

After that we have our differences

So let’s just start there

Trolling rockfish on the bay

That’s enough for today

That’s enough common cause for today

 

Your side comes with some history

Wanton waste over centuries

So I have reasons for suspicions at first

Pardon me if I assume the worst

 

My side’s said to exaggerate

Inflate some figures; close off debate

Or trust in sketchy computer projections

Dismiss out of hand the slightest objection

 

Don’t we all believe in clean water?

Doesn’t everybody want pure air

After that we have our differences

So let’s just start there

Save the rockfish in the bay

That’s enough for today

That’s enough common cause for today

 

 

What if I walked with you

To try to talk it through

Could we ever bring it to

Where we both agree what’s true

And a work we both could give our efforts to?

What if you walked with me

To see what we could see

Could our eyes ever agree

On a shared reality

The forest and the trees and world’s economies?

 

We all believe in clean water

Everybody wants pure air

After that we have our differences

So let’s just start there

Trolling rockfish on the bay

That’s enough for today

That’s enough common cause for today

Save the rockfish in the bay

That’s enough for today

That’s enough common cause for today