"Gaia" as written by Eaven Ian Dall, Kyle Phillip Erich, Ben James Nairne and Jake Michael Granieri Taylor....
The sky was light and the land all dark,
The sun rose up over Central Park.
I was walking home from work, Gaia.

The petal sky and the rosy dawn,
The world turning on the burning sun.
Sacred wet green one we live on, Gaia.

Run, run, run, run said the automobile
And it ran, run for your life, take to your heels.
Foolish school of fish on wheels, Gaia, Gaia

Turn away from your animal kind,
Try to leave your body just to live in your mind.
Leave your cold cruel mother earth behind, Gaia.

As if you were your own creation,
As if you were the chosen nation.
The world around you, just a rude
And dangerous invasion, Gaia, Gaia, Gaia.

Someone's got to stop us now, save us from us Gaia, no one's gonna stop us now.

We thought we ought to walk awhile,
So we left that town in a single file.
Up and up and up, mile after mile after mile.
We reached the tree line and I dropped my pack,
Sat down on my haunches and I looked back
Down over the mountain,
Helpless and speechless and breathless, Gaia.

Pray for the forest pray for the tree,
Pray for the fish in the deep blue sea.
Pray for yourself and for God's sake,
Say one for me, poor wretched unbeliever.

Someone's got to stop us now,
Save us from us Gaia,
No one's gonna stop us now.


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"Gaia" as written by Kyle Phillip Erich Eaven Ian Dall

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    General CommentMain Entry: Gaia
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Greek, Gaea
    Date: 1975
    : the hypothesis that the living and nonliving components of earth function as a single system in such a way that the living component regulates and maintains conditions (as the temperature of the ocean or composition of the atmosphere) so as to be suitable for life; also : this system regarded as a single organism
    willszmanson August 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentParaphrased poetry

    Understand the sweet girl
    Who whispers into your ear
    And here—the wind rises and disappears
    Here—it returns from the sea
    And here, we listen to the gasping heart
    That loved us more
    [So I closed my pact in the starlit night]
    You fled in a wave of trembling cries
    The hearts of thousands with you
    You fly, oh, runner, in untiring rhythm
    Il treno ardente
    Ch’era la notte fonda
    I listen ...
    With our shipwrecked hearts
    With angelic eyes
    We saw rising in the bewitching light:

    I have a bright, flashing blade
    Brighter than the splendor of your eyes
    On the lap of Mother Earth—a strange little gypsy.
    sillybunnyon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe dancer dances
    The dancer does not dance
    People suffer
    The suffering does not consider it
    When she sees man, god, gnawed away by their essence
    She undertakes her voyage of self discovery
    You will meet suffering
    You will love her
    You will love her—completely wrested from innocence
    She weeps
    War is motionless at the heart of the battle
    How indifferent he is to the waves of the sea
    But his nightmare has already lasted a long time
    The problem of the night remains total
    How to cross it …
    Calm … calm… rolling the train
    As though emerging from history
    A girl appears, whose eyes have been bound
    To play Blindman’s Bluff
    She remains—mounted in dawn
    And sings perturbed Earth
    sillybunnyon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis could be silly but I don't get this song. I can't move through it and feel his feelings. No idea why. So why the poetry? A capricious hail to Gaia--also called Ge.
    sillybunnyon October 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta lament to the environment and what we do to the world as humans
    cmckinleyon January 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite James Taylor songs...it's like both a funeral lament and a love song to the earth at the same time. It expresses this deep reverence to the earth, and this connection with it...I love the line "helpless and speechless and breathless"...it's like he sees the world, and experiences the rush of beauty of it, and while he loves it, he is in agony as we have to slowly watch it die...I don't know, I'm not explaining this well, but I just find this song incredibly beautiful.
    FruitJello5on January 09, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI agree this song is nice, at least to listen to. It's probably one of his best compositions and the poetry itself is beautiful, but it is an interesting knot.

    One on hand, I have to agree with the general sentiment, that the cosmos is beautiful, including this earth. But on the other hand, you have to wonder what 'saving us from us' via Gaia would mean. Maybe it shows the limit of how far religious sentiment and devotion can go without some kind of guidance.

    It's something many poets have struggled with, the notion of the beauty of the world, but its ugliness, and the struggle of whether it is ugly because of and in man's acts, or because he in his condition cannot see its beauty. Long prior to industrialization poets wondered on the same topic, so while I would tend to think that what inspires JT (as it does many left-leaning poets) is a reaction against industry and what it does to the cosmos when left unchecked, I can't say that this really the heart of the matter.

    But I find the poem while being beautiful too shallow for my taste. It seems to be an ode to the beloved, but it does not (and he admits it in the penultimate stanza) reach beyond the visible.
    rivercon March 03, 2010   Link

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