Re: [carfree_cities] BBC Series: The Noisy Ape
- Here is the introduction to a song that I wrote called "Oil Junkies"
The introduction is set to the Bob Dylan tune, "Watching the River Flow".
The intro. goes like this:
What's the matter with me?
I've got too much to say
I'd be out there yelling at the top of my lungs
and no one's listening anyway
Think I'll go down by the highway, by the river, by the byway
where the cars and trucks are rolling fast
and say, "do you know how much noise you make
and that we're running out of gas"?
The rest of the song (an original tune) goes:
oil junkies, oil junkies
waiting for our next oil change
yes we're a thirty weight wonder
(alternatively, a heavy weight blunder)
slowly going under
I think it's time we rearrange
(alternatitively it's well past time we rearrange)
Well, the Arab man
living on all that sand
he's got us over a barrel
and Exxon, Gulf, Shell and the rest
of those monopolies over here in the west
they've got us over a barrel
(repeat chorus - with alternative lines)
well, you're driving here
you're flying there
you're shipping everything
every which way and where
you're ruining the soil, the water, and the air
there's only so much oil left in the ground
pretty soon there will be none around
but we don't seem to even care
I wrote that song more than thirty years ago (with some minor adjustments).
I'd like to add a verse dealing with global warming.
Workin' for peace and cooperation,
----- Original Message -----
From: Todd Edelman
To: WCN list ; Carfree Cities s ; Global 'South' Sustainable Transport
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 12:23 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] BBC Series: The Noisy Ape
BBC World Service has produced a four-part series called "The Noisy Ape":
Excerpt from the introduction: "Mankind has spent the entire last
century making itself louder. A great deal louder. But why? And what are
the consequences? .... in the last century alone the lower threshold of
human hearing has gone up by four decibels. This may not look much until
you realise that this means a 66% deterioration in hearing quiet sounds!"
The third part aired this week, but you can listen to all four at the
Every show has a list of links below of groups or projects which are
referred to in that part of the series. There is discussion of oil
exploration killing whales and noisy stereos, and actually many of the
anti-noise groups focus on these extreme things, rather that what other
groups say is also very damaging, e.g. traffic sound levels promoting
learning problems in school children. Indeed, the third programme refers
to a new law which will come into effect in NYC in July 2007, which more
strictly enforces noise violations from music, construction, car alarms
(more than 10db in the day; 7db in the night) over the "ambient noise
level". So, since the ambient level includes individual automobile
traffic, it seems like the "elephant in the room" is being ignored... by
some at least.
Clearly there are some groups here which should join our efforts, come
to our conferences, and so on, and I hope people have the chance to
visit the various links and invite the people on-board...
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