From the recording Choose a New 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)