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Erin Jordan: Music

Fruited Plains

(Erin Jordan)
Taken from RPM Challenge blog:

"I was really enjoying the sound of the banjo and decided to write a song on it. I started thinking of this documentary I saw about the evil Monsanto corporation and that is what the song ended up being about. I think the song will be called "Fruited Plains". Aside from talking about patenting seeds, evil lobbyists, and how farmers are forced to live off of government subsidies and produce the kind of food they would not want to eat themselves, I took a lot of lyrics from 'America the Beautiful' and twisted them to paint a picture of the dystopia our agricultural system has become."

While I love the arranging job, I am a bit unhappy with the mix.
My family farmed this land for a hundred years. There used to be profit and pride in this work. Now the only profit is a subsidy and there's no pride in producing food I wouldn't eat myself.

There used to be a time when people were free to harvest their own land and plant their own seed. Now the masses think that freedom is having the choice between a thousand brands of crap on a shelf.

The court declared it's in man's right to patent a seed. Go ahead and patent all the cells and genes. Just don't tell me these plants are resistant to weeds; The only weed I see is corporate greed.

There's no more fruited plains and the amber waves are turning to black. Crown thy good with brotherhood; May God shed his forgiveness on thee.

David beat Goliath back in biblical times. Now Goliath's got some lobbyists and a whole team of lawyers who don't care what is right or wrong as long as we all clap out hands and sing a patriotic song and not acknowledge there is shame in what we have done to the one's who sew the seeds.

There's no more fruited plains and the amber waves are turning to black. Crown thy good with brotherhood; May God shed his forgiveness on thee.