The Last Frontier


CD - The Last Frontier

Talk it Up
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

If you want something done
If you want to make it happen   
If you want to get it going
Talk it up
If you want to make it better
If you want everyone to see
We’ve got to come together
And talk it up

(chorus)
Talk it up
We’ve got to tell the world                           
Talk it up
Every man, woman, boy, and girl
This story doesn’t have to be
A planetary tragedy
But it’s gonna take you and me
To talk it up

If you want to see it greener
Save some place for the wild things
If you want to make it cleaner
Talk it up
If you’re thinking we can do it
And you want to lend a hand
Well let’s get down to it
And talk it up



The Last Frontier
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

It used to be the Wild West
When cowboys rode the range
They said it was the last frontier
Then history turned a page
And then they said it’s outer space
So far away from here     
But me, I say it’s here and now
We’re living in the last frontier

(chorus)
We’re living
Living in the last frontier
It’s a planetary wake-up call
You hear
It all depends on us, it’s pretty clear
Living in the last frontier

The last frontier is in the air
It’s every breath we breathe
The wilderness and wild things
The places we can’t concede
The rivers, lakes and oceans
Need us now it’s crystal clear
And we need them for us to keep on
Living in the last frontier

It used to be the Wild West
When cowboys rode the range
They said it was the last frontier
But now we’ve turned a page
The rivers, lakes and oceans
Need us now it’s crystal clear
And we need them for us to keep on
Living in the last frontier

It all depends on us, it’s pretty clear
Living in the last frontier


Down Along the River
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

Well it's a long way down
down along the river
With all the twists and turns
You know you never can tell
Just what might be found
Down along the river
The water's calling me down
Got me under its spell
Take me down along the river


(chorus)
You got to take me down
Down along the river
With the sun up above
And the water under me
I want to float on down
Down along the river
Float on all the way down
Down to the sea


Now there are cities and towns
Down along the river
It's not quite the way
That it used to be
If you could see what they've found
Floating in the river
Now it's a strange old brew
And it's scaring me
To go down to the river


(chorus)

Hug the Earth
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

She’s a good old girl                                    
That everybody knows                        
She’s been a long time around            
And around she goes                                   
She’s been just like a mother                        
Giving everything you need                          
And now she needs care and comfort            
If you please                                      

(chorus)
We need to hug the Earth                   
And show her that we care                           
Wrap your arms around her                         
People everywhere                             
We’ve got to be the ones                     
To see that things get done                          
If it’s gonna be                                   
It’s up to you and me                                   

We used to spend our days                          
Down by the creek 
And running round chasing                          
Playing hide and seek                                  
But nowadays things are different       
Than way back when                                    
And Mother Earth, she needs some comfort   
And a friend         


Walks Like a Duck
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

One day I got to thinkin’
When I looked up to the sky
And I saw those birdies wingin’
Way on up there oh so high
‘bout the day I asked my pappy
What makes a bird a bird
And he said that’s sometimes tricky
But I’ll tell you what I’ve heard

(chorus)
If it walks like a duck
If it talks like a duck
If it wiggles like a duck
If it giggles like a duck
It still might be a chicken in disguise
It still might be a chicken in disguise
You gotta look right into their eyes
It still might ba a chicken in disguise

He said son you must remember
That not all birdies fly
And not everything that’s flyin’
Is a bird up in the sky
No, penguins don’t go flyin’
And ostriches and emus don’t either
Sometimes I wonder if it’s even worth tryin’
It seems like you can never be sure


Rise to the Challenge
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

Sometimes you meet the nicest people
On the read to conservation
They know there’re lots of worries
For the planet and the nation
But they keep on working
For the water and the air
And the land that needs saving
They all want to do their share

(chorus)
We either rise to the challenge
Or look away and take what happens
Either way it’s gonna be
The way it’s gonna be
We’ve gotta rise to the challenge
To keep the wild places wild
Keep the city in the city
And save some space for being free
Rise to the challenge

We gotta get back to nature
While there’s time
We’ve drifted so very far
Across the line      
And there’s a real danger
Of losing track of who we are
We’ve let ourselves be taken
Taken way too far

(chorus)

When we rise to the challenge
Not just sit back and take what happens
Then the way it’s gonna be
Will be up to you and me
Yeah, when we rise to the challenge
We take control of what happens
Then the way it’s gonna be
Is the way we make it be
Rise to the challenge


Treehugger
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

I just don’t know
Why some people go                                    
And get all in a tizzy
‘bout something so silly
When you clear a little land
They get all out of hand
Must be a disease
Who’d ever want to be (a)
         
(chorus)
Treehugger
What’s the matter with you?
Treehugger
All those crazy things you do!
We’re got plenty of trees
What’s so special about these?
We’ve got to make some more room
This town’s gonna boom!
Treehugger
What’s the matter with you?
Treehugger 
All those crazy things you do

I just can’t see
What could possibly be
The big attraction
Where’s the satisfaction
It’s just a big old woods
But they’d save it if they could
Don’t mean nothing to me
Who’d ever want to be

(chorus)

And then one day
I heard somebody say
There was a strange contraption
That caused a chain reaction
And throughout the land
It got all out of hand
There went the last tree
That there would ever be
Oh, treehugger
We should’ve listened to you
Treehugger
Now what’re we gonna do?



Turn it Around
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

There’s too many buildings
And not enough trees
Too many freeways
Spreading like disease     
Temperature’s rising
Soon we’re gonna have a fever
We can’t keep doing
What we’ve been doing so long (but)

(chorus)
We can turn it around     
If we’ll just come together
We can turn it around     
And show them how to get it done
If it’s gonna be
It’s up to you and me
To turn it around

We’ve got to take a step back
From the edge       
We’ve stepped out way too far
Upon this ledge
But there’s no reason
Anybody’s gotta take a fall
All we gotta do
Is read the writing on the wall

(chorus)

Seems every day you hear it
On TV
They say the planet’s getting warmer
Could it really be?
That stuff we’re sending skyward
Isn’t going all the way     
Just floating like a blanket
And underneath it we all lay


The Same Planet
© John Paul Taylor, Jr.

If you could look down on Earth from up in space
You’d see what kind of place it is
You’d see water everywhere, some land here and there
And some clouds there too
And as it’s turning around with the sun shining down
On the land and the sea,  
You’d see no matter where you live here on Earth
You’re part of a family

(chorus)
And we are all on the same planet going round the sun
And we are all on the same planet when the day is done
Each and every one
Going round the sun
And we are all on the same planet you and me
We are all on the same planet you and me
Even if you’re across the sea      
You’re part of the family