John Hunter & Paul Moore in New Zealand


THE INSPIRATION

This came out of watching documentaries on the plight of the rain forests, the killing of dolphins and whales  People are still making their fortunes and forsaking the rest of us to whatever world wide future and I wonder will are movies like Elysium going to become the way it will be? After all If you are rich enough you can have you second, third house or whatever anywhere. Money provide the rich with the perfect smile, the best medicines while the rest of us have to deal with what is left. I look at the financial problems of Europe how Greece and other countries are in dire straits and I wonder about the money that they owe, the interest that they are paying and who is actually benefiting from this? The banks have encouraged the countries into debt in the first place after all that is how they make money. Someone is definitely getting very rich out of this.

We need to look after our planet, our environment but the problem is that the people who are in charge are the people who have investments in the very thing that is exploiting our planet and that leaves me wondering what can one man do, if you the people refuse to change?

 

RECORDING NOTES

My time backpacking in Australia and listening to the music there such as Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning, was a positive influence when it came to the recording of this song back in 1990. Earth Today was originally one that was chosen to be on the 404 album Foreign Land, but was replaced by what was to become the title track Foreign Land. Recording it was fun, I did  the vocals & initial keyboards parts, Paul Moore had came in and did a great bluesy guitar on it and some additional keyboards.

Listening to this song today, is there anything I would change?  Yeah there the number one thing is the drum machine part, it is too loud in the mix for a start and distracts from the song.If I was recording it again the elements I would keep would be Paul's great guitar part I love the way it interacted with the vocal.

 

Earth Today

Earth Today

Verse 1 
The Dying Earth is quiet as a grave,
she don't moan, she just fades away.
her children laugh, her wicked children play,
at getting rich, regardless of her pain.

Chorus
What can one man do,
if you people, you refuse to change?
You're all too busy anyway,
who's got time to save the earth today?

Verse 2
Her face polluted by the acid rain,
her skin is open for us to cut away.
We don't do nothing except killing for its sake,
and we ain't caring for the earth today.

Chorus
What can one man do,
if you people, you refuse to change?
You're all too busy anyway,
who's got time to save the earth today?

(c) 1990 Words & Music John Hunter



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