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Grand River Greenway
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A contemporary folk song on guitar, mandolin, and accordion with an environmental theme surrounding the Grand River in Michigan (USA).
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Charts
Peak #475
Peak in subgenre #34
Author
Joe Peters
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Joe Peters
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October 11, 2004
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MP3 3.9 MB, 128 kbps, 0:00
Story behind the song
In 1996 I was teaching a course in conservation and sustainable development at Grand Valley State University. I got my students involved in a local initiative (The Grand River Greenway) to protect the natural habitat and water quality of the nearby Grand River, while providing recreational access and easing landowners' concerns over preserving their private property rights. So I wrote this song sometime later, partially as a statement of the contemporary situation, partly as a recounting of the area's history, and importantly as an expression of admonishment and hope for the future.
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Grand River Greenway The great Grand River, flows across the state Carrying fresh water, off to our great lake Let us think about it, before it’s far too late In quality of life, everyone has got a stake And I hope we’re not too late, to save the day If we’ll listen to each other, we’ll find a way Have you heard about the Grand River Greenway Let us hope we’re not too late, to save the day Long before us, native people hunted these lands Then a wave of pioneers, cut down all the stands Later settlers, farmed it with their hands Now the river’s silted up, and the mouth is full of sands And I hope we’re not too late, to save the day If we’ll listen to each other, we’ll find a way Have you heard about the Grand River Greenway Let us hope we’re not too late, to save the day Clean water, natural lands, these could be our goals A refuge for the wildlife, and comfort for our souls For our children’s children, there’s something we must say That it’s never too late, to save the day No it’s never too late…to save the day!
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