Sweet Florida

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I love my home state of Florida. My heart is breaking over the way that her natural resources are being exploited and degraded by poor land management practices. Every citizen needs to take an active role in protecting that which nurtures and sustains us.

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SWEET FLORIDA
©2016 Mary Elaine Mahon/Six Pelicans Publishing, BMI

(Intro) Poisoning the water, stealing from the well
The politics of poison it’s a bitter pill they sell
Power over water, oh the profits they will take
And leave your springs and rivers ravaged in their wake

Rowing down these waterways that course throughout my years
It’s so sad the state they’re in, I am brought to tears
I close my eyes imagining the way it used to be
When the eelgrass waved like mermaid’s hair, a glistening emerald green

Silent stands the heron as she watches from the weeds
Comes a cry, an osprey high in the cypress trees
Gators dozing on the banks, soaking up the sun
But trouble brews in paradise - on this blue spring run

(Chorus) If they could love you like I love you
Feel your warm embrace
Oh Florida, sweet Florida,
in your beauty they’d find grace

Sharks and whales were denizens, ‘til your land rose from the sea
Then mastodon and giant sloth upon these banks convened
Now resting in the white sands of your rivers and your caves
The stuff of dreams, imagining the life borne of this place

Now the water’s cloudy, but not my memories
There’s no compare between what’s there and what I used to see
Algae, slime and hyacinths where eelgrass used to be
Where is the blue that I once knew, why this tragedy?

(Chorus) If they could love you like I love you
Feel your warm embrace
Oh Florida, sweet Florida,
in your beauty they’d find grace

(Outro) Poisoning the water, stealing from the well
The politics of poison it’s a bitter pill they sell
Power over water, oh the profits they will take
The price will be your lifeblood, please don’t let this be your fate

credits

from REACH FOR THE STARS, track released February 3, 2017
Lead Vocal & Acoustic Guitar: Elaine Mahon
Bass: Lon Williamson
Vocal Harmonies: Penny Nichols & Elaine Mahon
Harmony Arrangements: Penny Nichols

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Elaine Mahon Gainesville, Florida

With her 2017 release, REACH FOR THE STARS, Elaine Mahon has written a collection of songs that evoke a sense of wonder while inspiring hope and offering empowerment. Mahon's songs reflect her perspective as an astronomer, while remaining deeply rooted in the natural world we all live in. Mahon performs solo at festivals, venues and house concerts in Florida and throughout the Southeastern US. ... more

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