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Croon a few Earth songs...

Some songs deal with themes of poverty, ecological disasters, and the future of mankind. Nikhil Taneja suggests a few of the most popular songs about the environment...

music Updated: Jun 05, 2009 21:59 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Some songs deal with themes of poverty, ecological disasters, and the future of mankind.

Nikhil Taneja

suggests a few of the most popular songs about the environment...

* 'Big Yellow Taxi' (Ladies of the Canyon) –– Joni Mitchell
The 1970 song was covered several times by everyone from Bob Dylan to Amy Grant.
Lyric snippet: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

* 'Don’t go near the water' (Surf’s Up) — The Beach Boys
A bit of irony, from the Beach Boys, the song was written to put an ecological spin on having fun with water.
Lyric snippet: Oceans, rivers, lakes and streams have all been touched by man. The poison floating out to sea Now threatens life on land

* 'Earth Song' (History: Past, Present and Future, Book I)— Michael Jackson
The song dealt with the destruction and rebirth of Earth, and earned a grammy nomination in 1997.
Lyrics Snippet: What have we done to the world, look what we’ve done. What about all the peace that you pledge your only son..

* 'Mercy, mercy me' (What’s Going On) –– Marvin Gaye
As a single, the song sold over a million copies. It won the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lyric snippet: Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no. Where did all the blue skies go? Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east

* 'Shape of things' (Single) –– The Yardbirds
The song, which has been covered by David Bowie, Jeff Healey Band, and others, is best known for its guitar solo, by Jimmy Page.
Lyric snippet: Now the trees are almost green. But will they still be seen? When time and tide have been.

* 'Where do the children play?' (Tea for the Tillerman) – Cat Stevens
The songs deals with themes of poverty, ecological disasters, and the future of mankind.
Lyric snippet: Well you’ve cracked the sky, scrapers fill the air. But will you keep on building higher..till theres no more room up there?