Choose a New Story

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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.

Lyrics

 

 

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)