Neil Young & Promise Of The Real – The Monsanto Years [2015]

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1. A New Day For Love    5:52
2. Wolf Moon   3:52
3. People Want To Hear About Love   6:19
4. Big Box   8:17
5. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop  5:00
6. Workin’ Man   4:43
7. Rules Of Change   4:39
8. Monsanto Years   7:46
9. If I Don’t Know 4:26

 

A New Day For Love

 

It’s a new day for the planet
It’s a new day for the sun
To shine down on what we’re doin’
It’s a new day for love

It’s a bad day to do nothin’
With so many people needin’ our help
To keep their lands away from the greedy
Who only plunder for themselves

All the people in the whole wide world
Nobody matters but you and me
When it comes to protecting our precious gift

(It’s a new day) It’s the big scene from the movies
(It’s a big scene) Where the gunslinger rides away
(It’s a big scene) Outside a town past the needy
(It’s a big scene) And the rows of soldiers’ graves
(It’s a new day) They fought the wars we thought we needed
(It’s a new day) They never asked us for a thing
(It’s a new day) And we believed in what we were doin’
(It’s a new day) While the earth is givin’ way

Of all the feelings in the whole wide world
I can’t begin to do or say
Anything but protect our precious gift

It’s a new day for the planet
It’s a new day for the sun
To shine down on what we’re doin’
It’s a new day for love

 

Wolf Moon

 

It’s a new day for the planet
It’s a new day for the sun
To shine down on what we’re doin’
It’s a new day for love

It’s a bad day to do nothin’
With so many people needin’ our help
To keep their lands away from the greedy
Who only plunder for themselves

All the people in the whole wide world
Nobody matters but you and me
When it comes to protecting our precious gift

(It’s a new day) It’s the big scene from the movies
(It’s a big scene) Where the gunslinger rides away
(It’s a big scene) Outside a town past the needy
(It’s a big scene) And the rows of soldiers’ graves
(It’s a new day) They fought the wars we thought we needed
(It’s a new day) They never asked us for a thing
(It’s a new day) And we believed in what we were doin’
(It’s a new day) While the earth is givin’ way

Of all the feelings in the whole wide world
I can’t begin to do or say
Anything but protect our precious gift

It’s a new day for the planet
It’s a new day for the sun
To shine down on what we’re doin’
It’s a new day for love

 

People Want To Hear About Love

People want to hear songs of love
People want to hear about love

Don’t talk about the Chevron millions going to the pipeline politicians
People want to hear about love

Don’t talk about the beautiful fish in the deep blue sea, dyin’
People want to hear about love

People want to hear about love now
If it will make them feel all right

People want to hear about love
People want to hear
People want to hear about love

Don’t talk about the corporations hijacking all your rights
People want to hear about love

Don’t mention world poverty talk about global love
People want to hear about love

People want to hear about love now
If it will make them feel all right

People want to hear about love
People want to hear
People want to hear about love

Don’t say to Citizens United [?] democracy
People want to hear about love

Don’t say pesticides are causing autistic children
People want to hear about love

Don’t say people don’t vote because they don’t trust the candidates
People want to hear about love

People want to hear
People want to hear
People want to hear about love

People want to hear about love
People want to hear
People want to hear about love

People want to hear about love
People want to hear
People want to hear about love

 

Big Box

 

Wonderco got in money trouble had to break the law
Had to balance the fine against the benefit to all
Made a business decision to pay the fine and break the law
Too big to fail, too rich for jail

He can live without so why can’t we
After all they’re just like you and me
They cast their votes and no one gets excited
Because they are Citizens United

In the streets of the capital corporations are taking control
Democracy crushed at their feet
Money flows free from the sky to those who come along
Some way, somehow, we will prevail, but now

How can we regain our freedom
Lost by our own laws we must abide
When will we take back our freedom
To choose the way we live and die

Main Street’s boarded up now the whole town’s asleep
The mom ‘n pop got boarded up, a small business retreat
Sprayed Windows and broken glass, another car on the street
Out at the big box store people lined up for more

People working part-time at Walmart
Never get the benefits for sure
Why not make it to full time at Walmart?
Still standing by for the call to work

Corporations have feelings, corporations have soul
That’s why they’re like people just harder to control
They don’t want to fall, so when they fall, they fall on you
Too big to fail, too rich for jail

From the capital to the boarded-up main streets
Big Business is there at every turn
From the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the TV screen
From the air we breathe to the fuel we burn

 

A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop

 

If you don’t like to rock Starbucks A coffee shop
Well you better change your station ’cause that ain’t all that we got
Yeah, I want a cup of coffee but I don’t want a GMO
I like to start my day off without helping Monsanto

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo
Let our farmers grow what they want to grow

From the fields of Nebraska to the banks of the Ohio
The farmers won’t be free to grow what they want to grow
When corporate control takes over the American farm
With fascist politicians and chemical giants walking arm in arm

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo
Let our farmers grow what they want to grow

When the people of Vermont wanted to label food with GMOs
So that they could find out what was in what the farmer grows
Monsanto and Starbucks through the Grocery Manufacturers Alliance
They sued the state of Vermont to overturn the people’s will

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo (and Starbucks)
Mothers want to know what they feed their children

Monnnnnn-sannnnnn-toooooooo
Let our farmers grow what they want to grooooooow

 

Workin’ Man

 

A working man in Indiana travelled from farm to farm
Plantin’ seeds and talkin’ weather, working 90 farms
Got to know the farmers knew all of their kids
Out in the country, that was ’96

His life was good and steady when seeds were cash [?]
Next year the farmers were ready, the times were changing fast
Supreme Court in session made a new law
GMO seeds and patents had a fatal flaw

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas [?] worked for Monsanto
Well I don’t know you but I do know who I am

One summer morning just around dawn
Four men with briefcases were on the working man’s lawn
We’re gonna to sue you, take you to court
For patent infringement, the criminals you support

We’re from Monsanto we own the seeds
Give us the names of those farmers you seek
You’re gonna need big money to stand your ground
Or we’re gonna bury you, how does that sound?

Working man lost all is his friends, his business too
Well I don’t know you but I do know who I am

Now times have changed, things are picking up
The wheels are rolling again on the old seed truck
The cleaner’s coming back have taken back the land
They don’t care the cost they’re gonna take a stand

Well I don’t know you but I do know who I am
Well I don’t know you but I do know who I am

 

Rules Of Change

 

No-one owns the sacred seed
No man’s law can change that
Seeds have floated, birds have flown
Seeds have travelled far from home
Seeds have floated, birds have flown
Seeds have travelled far from home
Seeds are life it can’t be owned
Not even by Monsanto
People must be free to grow

Out of balance money grows
Corporations take control
Halls of justice got this wrong
Life cannot be owned
Halls of justice leave a hollow ring inside
When I try to forget
Things I know that no one knows
But me
Wrong side of right, right side of wrong

Halls of justice, rules of change
Rolling by in front of me
Human people feeling strange
Things happening in front of them
Human people feeling strange things happening
In front of them
Wrong side of right
Right side of wrong

 
 

Monsanto Years

 

You never know what the future holds in the shallow soil of Monsanto, Monsanto
The moon is full and the seeds are sown while the farmer toils for Monsanto, Monsanto
When these seeds rise they’re ready for the pesticide
And Roundup comes and brings the poison tide of Monsanto, Monsanto

The farmer knows he’s got to grow what he can sell, Monsanto, Monsanto
So he signs a deal for GMOs that makes life hell with Monsanto, Monsanto
Every year he buys the patented seeds
Poison-ready they’re what the corporation needs, Monsanto

When you shop for your daily bread and walk the aisles of Safeway, Safeway
Find the package to catch your eye that makes you smile at Safeway, at Safeway
Choose a picture of an old red barn on a field of green
With the farmer and his wife and children to complete the scene at Safeway, at Safeway

Dreams of the past come flooding back to the farmer’s mind, his mother and father
Family seeds they used to save were gifts from God, not Monsanto, Monsanto
Their own child grows ill near the poisoned crops
While they work on, they can’t find an easy way to stop, Monsanto, Monsanto

Don’t care now what the Bible said so long ago not Monsanto, Monsanto
Give us this day our daily bread and let us not go with Monsanto, Monsanto
The seeds of life are not what they once were
Mother Nature and God don’t own them anymore

 
 

If I Don’t Know

 

If I don’t know what I’m doin’
And all my big ideas fail
Like build a dam against the water so the river dies
Veins, the Earth’s blood

And if I don’t know what I’m sayin’
And all the world’s dreams come true
Like finding oil and shooting poison in the ground
Veins, Earth’s blood

And if the melodies stay pretty
And the songs are not too long
I’ll try to find a way to get them back to you
Veins, the Earth’s blood

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