Silent Spring Song

inspired by Rachel Carson's book, 'Silent Spring'

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: CARSON

Lyrics as Poetry

Now is the time for a reckoning,
now all is flowering and flourishing,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
soon there may be just a silent spring.Silent the voices in bush and tree,
silent the creatures of air and sea,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
ours are the hands that took earth for free.We are the root of the earth’s unease,
we are the pirates who dredge the seas,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
ours is the creed doing as we please.We are the spenders of precious store,
we are the greedy who take no score,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
ours are the mouths wanting more and more.We take the bounty of all you give,
we are the sorrow that makes you grieve,
God, help your children
mindfully listen:
mindfully choose how the world will live!


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 2008 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA


Audio Sample

SILENT SPRING SONG
One Verse & Refrain
sung by David Moddle and
accompanied by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture Reference

  • Genesis 6:9ff

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Creation∶ care of
  • Earth, Earth Day
  • Ecology
  • Environment (care of)
  • Future
  • Nature
  • Silence
  • Spring (season)
  • Stillness
  • Time, Seasons
  • Water∶ water in nature
  • World

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• There is a four-measure Introduction (the equivalent of one full Refrain).

• Following Verse Five, the accompaniment supports the words “Silent Spring” being sung a total of four times (or two full Refrains), followed by just the word “Silent” sung as an ending.


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