Environmentally Resigned – a Parody of Gentle on My Mind | Don Caron

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LYRICS to ENVIRONMENTALLY RESIGNED

It’s knowing that the truth will have a cost
that causes some people to balk,
and makes them tend to leave their sleeping brains
rolled up and stashed behind their couch,
where they sit and watch the corporate news
controlled by those who profit
from a system that pollutes both earth and mind.
It keeps us on the backroads
cut off from the solutions
and we’re left environmentally resigned.

It’s knowing that the atmospheric C02
affects the planet’s climate,
with levels at the highest that they’e been
over the last 3 million years.
While it’s true that we could fix it,
the inherent threat to profit
seems to make it so we’re always disinclined.
What use will all that money be
when the planet can’t sustain us
and the earth’s environmentally resigned.

They’re clinging to some dead beliefs
while rapid changes happen all around us,;
Believing something someone said
that blames it on some faction they despise.
It’s just knowing that the world
could be impacted with disaster,
like an earthquake and a hurricane combined,
and to them it wouldn’t indicate
that something was amiss,
‘cause they’re environmentally resigned.

It makes some people mad to say that
humans could affect the course of nature.
Go ahead and check the comments
that you’ll find below this post.
I rest my case.
How can we find solutions
when the truth is being purposefully maligned?
When things get to their worst
they’ll still deny we caused it.
We’ll be environmentally resigned.

It’s knowing that the truth will have a cost
that causes some people to balk,
and makes them tend to leave their sleeping brains
rolled up and stashed behind their couch,
where they sit and watch the corporate news
controlled by those who profit
from a system that pollutes both earth and mind.
It keeps us on the backroads
cut off from the solutions
and we’re left environmentally resigned.

SOURCE MATERIAL

"Gentle on My Mind" was written by John Hartford, and it was the recipient of four Grammy Awards in 1968, which included Best Folk Performance, Best Country & Western Song (Songwriter), Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance and Male and Best Country & Western Recording, which went to American country music singer Glen Campbell for his version of Hartford’s song.

The song was released in June 1967 as the only single from the album of the same name. It was re-released in July 1968 to more success. Glen Campbell’s version received over 5 million plays on the radio. Campbell used "Gentle on My Mind" as the theme to his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

Dean Martin’s version, recorded in 1968, was a major hit in the United Kingdom; three versions of the song, Campbell’s, Martin’s and Patti Page’s, all reached the top ten of the U.S. easy listening chart in 1968. The song was ranked number 16 on BMI’s Top 100 Songs of the Century.
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