Permaculture Songs

These songs are new lyrics to traditional tunes that teach permaculture ideas.

Autumn Carol | Get Ready for Winter Song | Get Ready for Spring Song | Permaculture Campfire Song

The Autumn Carol
Tune: O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)

(1) O Autumn season, golden bright!
We hail the harvest welcome sight!
The air is crisp, the moon shines long,
It's time to raise our voice in song

The squash and pumpkins, taters sweet,
Peppers, greens, and nuts we greet.

O autumn season, golden bright!
We hail the harvest welcome sight!

(2) The heat of summer is now past,
We wait the time of winter's blast.
The children are in school today,
The farmers work to reap the hay.

Peach preserves and apple butter,
Set our hearts to be aflutter.

O autumn season, golden bright!
We hail the harvest welcome sight!

(3) There is no kinder time of year,
Than Autumn bright without a fear,
The peaceful times upon the land,
Bring hope and health, a time so grand.

So raise a glass of Autumn cheer,
A cider strong, a mug of beer.

O autumn season, golden bright!
We hail the harvest welcome sight!

The Get Ready for Winter Song
Tune: "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". . .

OH! We better not wait, it's time to make plans,
Compost, mulch, put away the fans,
Winter time is coming to town!

Squash and turnips and carrot plants,
Season extension for the cabbage transplants,
Winter time is coming to town!

Let's insulate the attic!
Insulate the floors!
Insulate the walls so deep,
and don't forget the doors!

So! Make your list, and check it twice,
Solarize, weatherize, don't roll the dice,
Winter time is coming to town!



BOB'S GET READY FOR SPRING SONG
Tune: Jingle Bells

Chorus:

Plant the garden, plant the garden,
Spring is on its way!
Seeds and bulbs and mulch and worms,
It's time to plant today!

Plant the garden, plant the garden,
Spring is on its way!
Seeds and bulbs and mulch and worms,
It's time to plant today!

(1) Winter is soon past,
Spring is on its way,
Fruit trees bloom at last,
Brightening up the day.

The garden will not wait,
The clock is ticking fast,
Delay will bring an awful fate,
For seed time will be past!

Chorus

(2) Planting is such fun,
Potatoes, leeks, and peas,
Growing in the sun.
Tantalize the bees!

Spinach in the light,
Carrots in the ground,
Chard and beets with all their might
Will make our song resound!

Chorus

(3) Trust in worms and bees,
Abandon noxious brews.
Compost and its teas,
Earth do not abuse.

Organic is the way,
To care for all the land,
So raise your hoe, do not betray.
It's time to make a stand.

Chorus

A PERMACULTURE CAMPFIRE SONG
Tune: Oh My Daughter Clementine
Tune can be listened to at http://ingeb.org/songs/inacave3.mid for those who are not familiar with United Statesian folk melodies.

Come my friends now, hear the story, of the permaculturists.
Habitations, love and justice, and peace for all the earth.

Three in number are the ethics, of the permaculturists,
care for people, care for planets, and voluntary limits.

Four in number, are the disciplines, of the permaculturists,
Observe all, trust yourself, respect for nature, holistic vision.

Ten we count now for the principles, of the permaculturists,
these the pathways to design for peace and harmony.

Stack the functions, be redundant, with appropriate scale design,
work with edges and diversity, keep the law of gifts in mind.

Do only what is necessary, everything will work both ways,
Irrelevant is nothing, and the energies follow patterns.

The strategies and the tools of the permaculturists,
are gentle and loving, full of beauty, wisdom, power.

Accept feedback, spiral the herbs, biology rules the day.
All things cycle, and the problem will often have the solution.