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What Has The Planet Done For Me?

from Lady Liberty by Glen Raphael

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This might be my most Tom Lehrer-esque song.


I hike, bike, and recycle; I care about the planet
But what has the planet done for me?
I douse...fires I've burned
But are my affections returned?
What feelings have the earth for me?
Ok sure, it's the only earth I've known
That could be the problem;
Maybe both of us have grown
With all that we've been through
We might need a week or two alone
To figure out the meaning of it all

We scrimp, we shout
Wonder what we could do without
And what has the planet ever done for me?


I might have tried to see other planets on the side
But long-distance relationships are hard by radio telescope
I'm here, you're near; let's try to enjoy this ride
Without the earth I'd be inclined to mope

Of planets, you're the nicest one I've ever seen up close
There's no place else with such a good commute
If we could get some counseling
You might give me nicer weather
And for my part I would try not to pollute...much.

I'd go to pieces if earth favored another species
So let us try to work things out
Though all the other primates doubt
And I'm reluctant to commit
I do believe that this one's it
And you are the only earth...
For me!


from Lady Liberty, released August 1, 2012




Glen Raphael New York, New York

Glen Raphael is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who performs songs on such nerdy and diverse topics as quantum physics, bedbugs, and the Statue of Liberty's mid-life crisis. Glen has won Best Original Song awards at NCSA events and is the current organizer of the New York City Folk Music Meetup. ... more

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