Save the planet for another day
(Attention shoppers, buy with a conscience and save!)
Save the planet for another day
(Save Alaska, let the caribou stay)
Don't care what the governments say
(They're all bought and paid for anyway.)
Save the planet for another day
(Hey Big Oil, what did you say?)

We were runnin' through the night
Never knowin' if we would see the light
Paranoid schizophrenic visions
Livin in fear of the wrong decisions
We got to wake up
We got to keep goin'
If they follow us
There's no way of knowin'
We got a job to do
We got to save Mother Earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
(You can make a difference if you really try)
Be the magic in the Northern lights
(Six Days...six nights)
Be the river as it rolls along
(It has three-eyed fish and it's smelling strong)
Be the rain you remember fallin'
(Be the rain, be the rain)

Yeah, rain was fallin' and we're soakin' wet
Hail is beatin' down on our heads
The wind is blowin' through our hair
Faces frozen in the frigid air
We got to get there
Alaska
We got to be there
Before the big machines
We got a job to do
We got to save Mother Earth

Dream the hunter on the western plain
(The birds are all gone, where did they go?)
Dream the fisherman in his boat
(He's comin' home empty, he's barely afloat.)
Dream the logger in the great northwest
(They're runnin' out of trees, they got to give it a rest)
(There's no other way to cut it)
Dream the farmer in the old heartland
(Corporate greed and chemicals are killin the land)

Next mornin' Sun was up at dawn
She looked around and Earth was gone
Dark visions he had last night
He needed peace, he needed light.
He heard the rumble and
He saw the big machines
The green army rose
It was a bad dream
He had a job to do
He had to save Mother Earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
(Greek freighters are dumping crap somewhere right now)
Be the magic in the northern lights
(The ice is melting!)
Be the river as it rolls along
(Toxic waste dumpin' from corporate farms.)
Be the rain you remember fallin'
(Be the rain, be the rain)
Save the Planet for another day
(Be the rain, be the rain)
Be the river as it rolls along
(Be the rain, be the rain)






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    General CommentBe the river as it rolls along
    (It has three-eyed fish and it's smelling strong)

    Probably a reference to the Simpsons Three-Eyed Fish.
    TheShillon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe old magic is back with this song.
    Zeluthon November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn amazing song, Neil will probably never lose his ability to make killers songs.

    THe lyrics are straight forward. It's about pollution and how people have to help save the planet or it will turn to shit before we even know. The earth is also ready in a disastrous state and is only going to get worse.
    River Wolfon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just heard the Greendale album and for this song Sun Green is trying to save the Alaskan wilderness as well as raise Global Awareness towards other environmental issues.

    The reference to the three-eyed fish in unlikely a reference to The Simpsons. It's probably about the fish becoming deformed due to radiatiion and chemicals being dumped in rivers.
    River Wolfon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf you can think of a three-eyed fish that is a result of radiation and chemicals as famous as Blinky, name it.

    I agree with TheShill.
    elwyn5150on April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI Love This Song
    But It Seems A Weird Way To End The Greendale Album.
    I'm Left Wanting To Hear More About The Whole Green Family
    Earl Green's Paintings
    The Devil
    Jed Green
    Etc.
    I Got Kind Of Tired Of Sun Green By The End Of Her Song (Right Before This)
    But Either Way, As A Stand-Alone Song, This Is Still Classic Neil Young Magic.
    TheThornBirdson February 28, 2009   Link

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