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"One Planet At A Time"

(ANNIE DINERMAN)
November 1, 2009
Words and Music by Annie Dinerman
This song was inspired by a standup comic's rant on an HBO special. It made perfect sense to me! I immediately connected the idea to our environment and wrote this song. Later, I saw the call for entries for the Music2Life songwriting contest, but I didn't think of this song. Then, I began searching through my song titles and realized I could enter "One Planet At A Time."

As a contest finalist, I performed the song at the Threadgill Theatre at the 2006 Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. There, I met Arlon Bennett, who was also a 2006 finalist with his song, "Be The Change." And that's pretty much how we came to write the song, "My Goodness!," that was recorded in 2011 by Ali Hoffman. So do something good for the planet. You never know what good the Universe will do for you in return.

When I recorded this song for my "Broken Cookies" CD, I ask percussionist Rex Benincasa to play "garbage" in the recording studio. And he did: plastic bags, a pill bottle filled with pistachio shells, a pizza box, a Snapple® cap, tin can conga drums, pizza sauce can timbales, and glass and plastic bottles combined to make a fun and chunky World Music groove. Grab something from your recycle bin and play along! Here are the song lyrics:
I DON'T THINK OF SPACE AS MT. EVEREST.
I DON'T THINK OF SPACE AS THE WILD WEST.
I DON'T THINK OF SPACE A LOT.
ME, I WORK WITH WHAT I'VE GOT.
THIS BEAUTIFUL, MESSED-UP WORLD IS OURS.
SO WHY DO THEY SPEND MY TAXES ON MARS?

ONE PLANET AT A TIME!
CAN’T WE FIX THINGS UP
ONE PLANET AT A TIME?
CAN’T WE MIX THINGS UP
ONE PLANET AT A TIME?
LET’S START SMALL.
LET'S HANDLE THIS ONE
BEFORE WE TRY TO RUN ‘EM ALL.

NO JUNGLE, NO EAGLE, NO GRAZING DEER.
MARS ISN'T FAMOUS FOR ATMOSPHERE.
WOULD WE CHOKE OR DIE OF THIRST
IF SOMEONE ELSE GOT THERE FIRST?
HEY, I COULD BREATHE EASY, FOR WHAT THAT’S WORTH…
ASSUMING IT'S SAFE TO BREATHE HERE ON EARTH.

ONE PLANET AT A TIME!
CAN’T WE USE THINGS UP
ONE PLANET AT A TIME?
CAN’T WE SCREW THINGS UP
ONE PLANET AT A TIME?
LET’S START SMALL.
LET’S CLEAN UP THIS ONE
BEFORE WE TRY TO RUN ‘EM ALL.

(BRIDGE)
THE WORLD IS TURNING (TURNING)
BUT WE DON’T FEEL IT.
THE WORLD IS TURNING (TURNING)
BUT WE DON’T FEEL IT.
SOME HAVE A LOT BUT MOST HAVE NOT.
ONE WORLD, WE LIVE IN ONE WORLD.

ONE PLANET AT A TIME.
CAN’T WE ALL LIVE ON
ONE PLANET AT A TIME?
CAN’T WE ALL LIVE ON
ONE PLANET AT A TIME?
LET’S START SMALL.
HOW ABOUT PEACE ON EARTH,
BEFORE WE TRY TO RUN ‘EM ALL?

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