Words by Daniel Redwood and music by B.J. Leiderman (B.J. Leiderman Music, ASCAP)

Story

 

 

 

In Woodstock Animal Sanctuary founder Jenny Brown’s powerful book, The Lucky Ones, she explains that animals are “with us, not for us.” They are companions, not commodities. Each is an individual, with his or her own purpose, able to experience love and pain, and worthy of our respect and protection.

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WITH US, NOT FOR US 

 

With us, not for us

To love, not to own

We share this life’s journey

We don’t walk alone

We’re different, yet equal

In God’s eyes, in mine

And the bond forged between us

Endures beyond time


Let me see what you see, let me hear what you hear

Let me love as you love, let me sing without fear

The song of your beauty, the song of your soul

A song of celebration where all are made whole


With us, not for us

On four legs or two

On wings rising skyward

Or fins bathed in blue

Forgive what we’ve done

Guide our hearts to be true

You’re with us, not for us

That’s our promise to you

 

Let me see what you see, let me hear what you hear

Let me love as you love, let me sing without fear

The song of your beauty, the song of your soul

A song of celebration where all are made whole

 

© 2013 words by Daniel Redwood and music by B.J. Leiderman

 Published by B.J. Leiderman Music (ASCAP) 


Words and music by Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)

Story

 

This song is dedicated to all animals in sanctuaries, where they live in peace and dignity after being rescued from horrors no being should ever endure. “Someone, not something” reminds us that animals are conscious beings whose lives matter as much to them as ours do to us. The original inspiration for this song came from Farm Sanctuary's “Someone, Not Something™” campaign. This is also the theme song for the forthcoming film, Miss Liberty, about the dramatic story of a rescued cow (http://mainstreetvegan.net/msv-productions/feature-film/).

Lyrics

 

SANCTUARY SONG (SOMEONE, NOT SOMETHING)

 

You are someone, not something

You’re welcome here, with your broken wing

Or wounded leg, or branded skin

This is your home now, come on in

 

You’ve known the pain, now feel the joy

What God has made, no man should destroy

From this day on, in the sun and rain

You can roam through these fields, free again

 

You can run, jump and play till the cows come home

Hang out with your friends, ‘cause you are not alone

I want to tell the world, what they’ve done to you is so wrong

I want to sing for you a sanctuary song

 

Your life it means as much to you

As mine to me, I know that this is true

Your loving heart reaches out to mine

And the light in your eyes, may it always shine

 

Now is the time, this is the place

For us all to see compassion’s healing grace

And pray for peace for all to share

This one earthly home, so green so fair

 

You can run, jump and play till the cows come home

Hang out with your friends, ‘cause you are not alone

I want to tell the world, what they’ve done to you is so wrong

I want to sing for you this sanctuary song

May the whole world sing for you, may the whole world be for you

A sanctuary song

 

©2012 Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)


Words and music by Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)

Story

 

Justice, a magnificent being who my spouse, Beth, and I met at Peaceful Prairie Animal Sanctuary, escaped from the truck that was taking him to a slaughterhouse and is now the self-appointed “greeter” at the sanctuary. His story is featured in the inspiring book, Ninety-Five, which is a conservative estimate of the number of animals spared annually by one person’s vegan diet.

Lyrics

 

JUSTICE


Justice was born in Kansas

And getting shot saved his life

Let me tell you the story

How he escaped the butcher's knife

Justice was riding in a cattle truck

Stopped along the Interstate

When he crashed through the doors and ran for his life

'Cause freedom couldn't wait

He was taken down by an officer

With a tranquilizer gun, so bold

But when it reached  his bloodstream

It meant his flesh could not be sold

 

So sing a song for Justice

Sing it with all your might

Sing it for the dawn that waits

Beyond the darkest night

And pray for every animal

Confined and misunderstood

And for the day the final slaughterhouse

Shuts its doors for good

 

Justice arrived at Peaceful Prairie

From a long, cold, lonely ride

Trembling with each step he took

Truly terrified

There was a cow named Sherman there

Who stayed at Justice's side all day

And licked his face again and again

'Til Justice was okay

 

So sing a song for Justice

Sing it with all your might

Sing it for the dawn that waits

Beyond the darkest night

And pray for every animal

Confined and misunderstood

And for the day the final slaughterhouse

Shuts its doors for good

 

Justice learned his lessons well

Yes, he learned them all just fine

And when each new arrival comes

He's always first in line

It could be a chicken, could be a goat

Or a pig or a cow like him

Makes no difference what you are

Justice is your kin

He greets each one with a joyful sound

And licks their heads the same

This gentle giant, proud and strong

Lives up to his name

 

So sing a song for Justice

Sing it with all your might

Sing it for the dawn that waits

Beyond the darkest night

And pray for every animal

Confined and misunderstood

And for the day the final slaughterhouse

Shuts its doors for good


© 2013 Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)

Words and music by Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)

Story

 

The disconnect between loving our dogs and cats, yet eating the flesh and secretions of equally sentient cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, sheep, and fish is deeply embedded into our culture’s dominant carnistic ideology. Inspired by Melanie Joy’s Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, this song invites us to break through our denial and live in accordance with our core values.

Lyrics

 

TALKING VEGAN BLUES


I don’t eat no burgers, I don’t eat no dogs

I don’t eat no burgers, I don’t eat no dogs

I don’t eat no horses, I don’t eat no hogs

I don’t ever want to eat anything that has a face

No way, no how, no more, no time, no place

It just feels all wrong at the table when I’m saying grace

 

If you love animals, please tell me how

You love your dog but you eat that cow

You love your cat but eat chickens and pigs

Won’t you tell me once again just why that is

 

I don’t eat no roosters, I don’t eat no hens

I don’t eat their eggs, I don’t want to steal their chicks from them

And take them away from their family and friends

I just want to feel love in my heart and joy in my soul

And I've learned that the best way to feel like that is following the Golden Rule

Live and let live, and baby don’t be cruel

 

So if you love animals, please tell me how

You love your dog but you eat that cow

You love your cat but eat chickens and pigs

Won’t you tell me once again just why that is

 

I’ve weaned myself from the milk of a mother cow

And ever since I realized that it’s their skin, I don’t wear no leather now

When I heard their babies’ cries, that’s when I took my vow

I don’t have a spare rib, and neither do they

And I don’t ever want to eat another turkey corpse, not even on Thanksgiving Day

‘Cause their legs are made for walking, and if they could they would have run away

 

Yes, we all love our dogs and cats

But all God’s creatures are a lot like that

They don’t want to die, we all know it’s true

So let’s all go vegan, they’re depending on you


 © 2013 Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)


Words and music by Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)

Story

 

Our culture’s dominant story is that eating certain animals is necessary and natural. This fiction causes us to live in denial and to violate our own morals. It’s time to choose a new story based on the compassionate values of our hearts. The devastating environmental consequences of animal agriculture are well documented. Choosing to eat plants instead of animals is by far the most significant step we can take to reduce our carbon footprint.

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CHOOSE A NEW STORY

 

Ten billion put to death each year

In world of suffering, in a world of fear

There’s no good reason they need to die

Everything about it is a hellish lie

But it’s a story we don’t have to buy no more

 

They tell you you need it, meat, milk and eggs each day

But the truth is something else, they’ve got it hidden away

Just numb your heart to the blood and the gore

And the path of destruction that came before

Spread so wide all over the globe

And the lives of the innocent, the ones you’ll never know

 

Time to choose a new story, where the words come from your heart

Use your life as a force for good, there’s never gonna be a better time to start

 

The path of destruction, you see it everywhere

They clearcut the rainforest, graze their cattle there

That’s the lungs of the planet, with cancer breaking out

More greenhouse gas, more heat, more drought

Millions go hungry while we use our grain

To fatten up the animals, spread disease and pain


And now the oceans are dying, most of the fish are gone

But we don’t stop, no, we just keep pushing on

Destroying what’s been there for countless years

The coral reefs, the magnificent whales

And the fish on your plate is the death of the sea

When you make the connections, the truth will set you free

 

Time to choose a new story, where the words come from your heart

Use your life as a force for good, there’s never gonna be a better time to start

 

Begin with compassion for all of life, choose peace not war

And if we eat just plants we’ll only need a fraction of the land we used before

A fraction of the water, a fraction of the fossil fuel

A fraction of the need to rationalize trashing the Golden Rule

 

Time to choose a new story, where the words come from your heart

Use your life as a force for good, there’s never gonna be a better time to start


© 2013 Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)


Pete Seeger (Stormking Music, BMI)

Story

 

Written by the great American singer-songwriter, Pete Seeger, this song warns of the imminent danger faced by these extraordinary beings and calls on humanity to save “our singers in the sea.” It’s a wake up call to do all we can to save the majestic whales if we are to save ourselves.

Lyrics

 

SONG OF THE WORLD'S LAST WHALE

By Pete Seeger 

 

I heard the song of the world's last whale

As I rocked in the moonlight

And reefed the sail.

It'll happen to you

Also without fail

If it happens to me

Sang the world's last whale.

 

It was down off Bermuda

Early last spring

Near an underwater mountain

Where the humpbacks sing.

I lowered a microphone

About a quarter mile down

Switched on the recorder

And listened for the sound.

 

I didn't just hear grunts,

I didn't just hear squeaks,

I didn't just hear bellows,

I didn't just hear shrieks.

It was the musical singing

And the passionate wail

That came from the heart

Of the world's last whale.

 

Down in the Antarctic

The harpoons wait

But it's up on the land

We'll decide their fate

In London town

They'll be telling the tale

If it's life or death

For the world's last whale.

 

So here's a little test

To see how you feel

Here's a little test

For this Age of the Automobile

If we can save

Our singers in the sea,

Perhaps there's a chance

To save you and me.

 

I heard the song

Of the world's last whale

As I rocked in the moonlight

And reefed the sail,

It'll happen to you

Also without fail

If it happens to me

Sang the world's last whale

If it happens to me

Sang the world’s last whale


Words and music by Pete Seeger © Stormking Music (BMI)


Words and music by Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)

Story

 

All shifts in consciousness begin with a small seed that grows into a new way of being in the world. We are called to plant seeds that ensure a sustainable world for future generations, where plants provide all the food we need and animals live free from harm.

Lyrics

 

PLANT THE SEEDS

 

I want to live in a country where the rivers run clean

Through sunlit valleys and rolling fields of green

I want to live in a land where healing breezes blow

Through highlands and lowlands, everywhere you go

I want to live in a world where no one lives in fear

Of violence or hunger, and let the time draw near

When we end the war on animals and the war on Mother Earth

Nurture deep within our hearts a vision of rebirth

 

I believe we're gonna see that world one day

I believe, yes I do

You got to plant the seeds, keep the faith

Give it time to grow

Grow in me, grow in you

 

I want to live in a land where ten million gardens thrive

In cities, towns and villages across the countryside

Where the plants of a fruitful harvest are all the food we need

So cows and pigs and birds and fish can live forever free

 

I want to live in a world where water, earth and air

Are protected and defended by people everywhere

Where a thousand generations can follow when we're gone

In a world still ripe with promise and a dream to carry on

 

I believe we're gonna see that world one day

I believe, yes I do

We got to plant the seeds, keep the faith

Give it time to grow

Grow in me, grow in you

So the dream comes true

 

© 2013 Daniel Redwood (ASCAP)


Maria Daines and Paul Killington (ASCAP)

Story

 

This inspiring song by singer-songwriters Maria Daines and Paul Killington embodies the spirit of the animal rights movement. It asks us to “rise up to the love in our hearts” and dedicate ourselves to ending the pain and suffering we inflict on animals.

Lyrics

 

RISE UP (MAKE THIS MOMENT LAST)

By Maria Daines and Paul Killington

From the land to the sea
From the mountain to the shore
We hear your voice
In your pain, in your need
In defense we are here
To lead you forth

For the moments we love
Are the moments we share
Forever more
And the freedom we give
Is our spirit relived
Ever yours...

Rise up and heal them, rise up and care for them
Rise up to the love in our hearts, rise up for the animals
Make this moment last

In this life we are one
Paws, hands and hearts
Hooves, feathers, wings
Nothing is lost if only we unite
Our song begins...

For the reasons are pure
If our kindness is sown in the wind
This moment shall grow
And onwards we go
And we begin

Rise up and heal them, rise up and care for them
Rise up to the love in our hearts, rise up for the animals
Make this moment last

 

© 2006 Maria Daines and Paul Killington (ASCAP)