One Thing At a Time

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Inspired by my dear friend Theresa who volunteers for the Native Plant Society in Florida. Imagine spending hot, steamy Florida days digging up indigenous and endangered plants and relocating them, before they are lost to Progress. She pours her heart and soul into this Great Work, more recently collecting seeds and replanting. And yet, she told me once that she feels she doesn't do enough. This song is my gift to her and to all of you feeling overwhelmed with the healing choices in front of you. You can't do it all ... but you can do one thing at a time.

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One Thing at a Time
© G. LaMonte 4/2018

Pipelines and parking lots grow faster than the trees
That are slowly disappearing with the oxygen we breathe
She can’t save the whole world – But she scoops them one by one
Moving tiny roots on down the road before the backhoes come

You can’t do it all yourself – so don’t you even try
But you can do one thing at a time

They’ve leveled off the hilltops and they’ve stripped the earth right down
Once they’ve stolen all they can, they’re off to kill another town
He finds himself a broken mountain, buys one acre at a time
Hopes to get it all paid off and reclaimed before he dies

You can’t do it all yourself – so don’t you even try
But you can do one thing at a time

One tiny life, on broken wing
One hungry soul, one song to sing
You can’t do it all
Makes you want to cry

Oil spills into the gulf and coats the seagull’s wings
They’d rather pay the penalties for the profit black gold brings
One tiny heart beats in her hands, she scrubs the tar away
A hundred more may die tonight, but this one flies away

You can’t do it all yourself – so don’t you even try
But you can do one thing at a time

You can’t do it all yourself – so don’t you even try
But you can do one thing at a time
Got to do something
Yes, you can do one thing at a time

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from Firewood & Rust, released March 24, 2020
Written and performed by Gina LaMonte

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