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Mon 29 Sep 2003

Overcrowded land?

Category : Singapore Naturalist

I had a conversation recently with a teacher who was obviously frustrated at the daily reminders that people didn't seem to care about the environment. It took me awhile to realise he was just suffering from battle fatigue. There are times when your optimism takes a dip and he probably needed some rest and recovery!

It's a tough battle, of course, and every little bit counts. Just think, Marvin Gaye was singing this as early as 1971, "What about this overcrowded land, How much more abuse from man can she stand?" Or perhaps I should say as late, if you ask Native Americans (saw Geronimo last night) and other displaced persons.

These were issues when I was a kid. And are likely to be here when I am gone. If you are soldiering for the environment, buckle down for the long haul.

Mercy, Mercy Me

Written and performed by Marvin Gaye, 1971

"Woo ah, mercy mercy me

Ah things ain't what they used to be, no no

Where did all the blue skies go?

Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east'

"Woo mercy, mercy me, mercy father

Ah things ain't what they used to be, no no

Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury"

"Ah oh mercy, mercy me

Ah things ain't what they used to be, no no

Radiation under ground and in the sky

Animals and birds who live nearby are dying"

"Oh mercy, mercy me

Ah things ain't what they used to be

What about this overcrowded land

How much more abuse from man can she stand?"

"Oh, na na...

My sweet Lord... No

My Lord... My sweet Lord"

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