John Pitney | Walk Lightly On the Earth

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Walk Lightly On the Earth

by John Pitney

Fun camp songs that promote living sustainably on earth.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Learn to Live Simply
John Pitney
5:30 $0.99
2. What On Earth Are We Doing
John Pitney
3:32 $0.99
3. Where Will My People Lay Their Heads?
John Pitney
2:46 $0.99
4. Song for the Vineyard
John Pitney
4:21 $0.99
5. Fresh as Dew
John Pitney
3:19 $0.99
6. There Is No Such Place as Away!
John Pitney
3:55 $0.99
7. Yahweh's Garden Faire
John Pitney
1:37 $0.99
8. Song for the Wise Ones
John Pitney
5:02 $0.99
9. Get Down and Get Dirty
John Pitney
3:56 $0.99
10. This Is Your Land
Ed Kail
3:33 $0.99
11. To Know the Dark
John Pitney
4:57 $0.99
12. Walk Lightly
John Pitney
4:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
He called the twelve and gave them authority over all demons and to cure disease. He sent them out to preach God’s new order and to heal, saying “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, no bread or money; and do not have two tunics. -Luke 9:1-3
In 1991, I was preparing for a Jr. High Summer Camp. We needed a theme song based on Luke 9. I began composing but, try as I might, I had only a chorus and a few lines of the first verse, by camp time. So goes songwriting. But I took what I had. During the week, the campers helped me finish the first verse and gather their keen insights.
At camp, we had great conversation about how to have a conscience when Americans are clearly the spoiled brats of the Planet. Our son, Joel, was at camp with me. On the way home he described how, after singing the song one day, a camp friend confided: “This describes my life.” Indeed his family, like the ones caricatured in the song, owned a minivan and 3 other cars. They lived in a big house with a view of the whole Boise Valley.
I was embarrassed. Silly me. I hadn’t thought my song would cause pain. I simply make music of the truths that come to me. I finally finished Walk Lightly On the Earth a year after camp. As it turns out, it’s the song that has made more people angry. Sometimes they get up and leave the room. My songs have been known to make people laugh. And squirm. I guess if the lyrics make us think and have conversation about how we live and the need to change, I’ve done my job. Maybe, conversation is the sign I got it right. You be the judge.



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