Trees Eat Us All: A Tribute to Bill Mollison (1928-2016)

Charlie Mgee
Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Listen to Charlie Mgee's wonderful tribute to Bill Mollison, the founding pioneer of permaculture.

What a song!

TREES EAT US ALL - Lyrics by Charlie Mgee  

Designer, you’re now a recliner

So long and thanks for the yield
and your tools left behind 
have all sharpened our minds
to keep growing the change in the field

The future is looking quite shady
under all the ideas that you’ve grown
and to look out the window 
at food in the ground
gives us power to face the unknown

CHORUS
But trees eat us all in the end 
so plant one for me when I’m gone
then if you hear that I’ve died
you can tell them they’ve lied
I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn.

Tapping into the rhizomes of wisdom
you wove them all into a tale
and with seeds in your pockets and dirt on your hands
took us into the belly of the whale
You took us into the belly of the whale

So go on and tell us another
Cos your stories are food for the soul
Helping us see the forest for the trees
And ourselves as part of the whole
See ourselves as part of the whole

CHORUS
Yeah trees eat us all in the end
so plant one for me when I’m gone
then if you hear that I’ve died
you can tell them they’ve lied
I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn.

Though the problems around us are many
The answers come to us with ease
Take care of the land, your friends and your family
and remember to plant lots of trees

CHORUS
Cos trees eat us all in the end
so plant one for me when I’m gone
then if you hear that I’ve died
you can tell them they’ve lied
I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn.

About Charlie Mgee

Charlie Magee formed Western Australia’s Formidable Vegetable Sound System, the world’s most triumphant experiment in ‘ecological electroswing’ busting out energetic, quirky mashups of speakeasy-style antique-beats with live ukulele wonk, hyperactive horns and the principles of permaculture. Check out their music at http://formidablevegetable.com.au/about/

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