• Ecover Hears Sustainably Inspirational Lyrics In Bruce Cockburn’s Folk Music

    Apr 16, 2012 | By Maureen

    It’s been more than 20 years since Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn wrote If a Tree Falls, his classic anthem to environmental angst. The song still rings true for us at Ecover, and seems more relevant than ever. It consistently finds its way onto “best of” lists for songs about sustainability and is also included on the Suzuki Foundation’s Playlist for the Planet.

    If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
    If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
    Anybody hear the forest fall?

    Cut and move on
    Cut and move on
    Take out trees
    Take out wildlife at a rate of species every single day
    Take out people who’ve lived with this for 100,000 years -
    Inject a billion burgers worth of beef -
    Grain eaters – methane dispensers.

    Bruce Cockburn’s If a Tree Falls (Big Circumstance, 1988)

    Reflecting on the searing lyrics of If a Tree Falls, Bruce has said that he drew on his concern about the destruction of forests on the West Coast of Canada and North America, as well as also being aware of deforestation in the Amazon. Bravo to Bruce for helping to raise awareness about both of these environmentally sensitive regions.

    Bruce is a case study in career longevity. Although not as well-known in the U.S., he is revered in Canada and ranks alongside such celebrated Canadian artists as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young (also renowned for their environmental activism and their music).  After more than 40 years in the music business and 30+ albums, Bruce continues to write captivating lyrics and agitate for causes.  His 31st album, for example, features songs inspired by his visit to war-torn Afghanistan in 2009. He maintains his interest in his environment and his world, and we can all take a page from his songbook!

    Photo by Bob Doran via Flickr.com

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