Folk Concert: On Nature and the Human Spirit, Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction

Mostly Folk songs by  David Lindsay & Kathleen Schomaker

Expect a few moments of humor, and about 2/3 of the numbers have a chorus for the audience to sing-a-long!

Here is the concert program:

  1. Little David, Play on your Harp, Traditional     Chorus:

Oh Little David, playing on your harp, Hallelujah,  Hallelujah

Little David, Playing on your harp, Hallelu!

  1. All God’s Critters got a Place in the Choir, by Bill Staines (& Janet Wheeler)

Ch:  All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
And some just clap their hands, or paws or anything they got now

  1.  Talking Climate Change Blues, by David Lindsay

Ch:   The folks at Businessweek,  saw the damage was horrid

They put on their cover, It’s Climate Change Stupid

Wake up, my friends, the scientists cry

World temperature is rising,  and it’s no lie!

  1.   Reading: 110 Million Metric Tons of C02 and The Great Barrier Reef
  2. Kumbaya for the Environment, by Kathleen and David, Reading: Externalities

Ch: This will (or won’t, or might) change with a Carbon Tax

  1. Three Hay’pence a Foot, Monologue by Mariott Edgar David
  2. The Last Leviathan by Andy Barnes Chorus:

My soul had been torn from me ,  And I am bleeding
My heart it has been rent,   And I am crying
As the beauty around me fails,  And I am screaming
I am the last of the great whales, And I am dying

  1. Reading, What is the Sixth Extinction, Kathleen
  2. Change in the Weather, by Richard Grainger (with edits and verse by David)
  3. “The Peace of Wild Things,”  Poem by Wendell Berry,   Kathleen


  1. You’ve Got to Build Your House Upon a Rock, (As sung by Catherine Lindsay)

You’ve got to build your house upon a rock (X X)

With a strong foundation on a solid spot

So when the rain comes tumble-in’ down

You don’t have  to build no more__

Don’t build your house on sandy land

Don’t build it too close to the shore (X X)

Well, it might be kind of nice

But you’ll have to build it twice.

You’ll have to build your house once more__

  1. What is this? Reverse L, or J Curve Hand Sign? By David Lindsay
  2. Political Science, by Randy Newman
  3. Eternal Doom, (Call and Response) by Mark Graham, two verses by dl & ks
  4. Reading: Time to Panic by David Wallace-Wells. Reflections by Kathleen S.
  5. Good Earth, by Richard Granger, Chorus:

Come sit at the table and drink of the wine

Taste the food from our gardens, the grape from our vine

A health to our neighbor and the seeds we have sown

Let’s thank the good earth for the food that we’ve grown

  1. If I had a Hammer, by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger Blend in if you know it.
  2. Reading: Good News about mitigating Climate Change by dl & ks
  1. Swimming to the Other Side, by Pat Humphries

We are living ‘neath the Great Big Dipper, We are washed by the very same rain
We are swimming in the stream together, Some in power and some in pain
We can worship this ground we walk on, cherish the beings we live beside
Loving spirits will live forever;  We’re all swimming to the other side

  1. Now God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign, from Bessie Jones, Georgia Sea Isl.

Ch:  Before this time another year, I may be gone

In some lonesome graveyard, Oh Lord, how long.

  1. Here is My Home, by Si Kahn

Come darkness, come light,  Where are we bound?
Come morning, come night,  Here is my home.

To contact David for bookings or questions: daljr37(at)   203.248.7188.

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