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Saving Great Turtle

Rest, little child, as yet undefiled.
I'll sing you a story, an old allegory.
This big world so fertile rests on a fat turtle.
It suffers the weight of greed, lust and hate.

The sky has a black eye from smokestacks and wheels.
Hear the cry of the loons and the barking of seals.
When the forests are felled, the oceans will eat the hills.

Wake, all you reapers, you takers and keepers.
Let us be one with the ones who have none.
A new generation must fix degradation.
All treasures to share with nurturing care.

Who will awaken? Who is not shaken
by caps that are shrinking, by heads that aren't thinking?
When substance is lost, we all will pay the cost.

In the Sky above the Water there lived the Ancient One and his people. A Great Tree bearing flowers and fruits nourished them. One night, the wife of the Ancient One dreamed that the Great Tree was uprooted. To fulfill such a powerful prophecy, the Great One and his warriors pulled with all their might and lifted up the Great Tree, leaving a big black hole. Many creatures tried and failed to reach down and pull up Earth from the bottom of the hole. Finally, muskrat succeeded, clutching Earth in her right paw. Great Turtle said, "Put Earth on my back." The tiny bit of Earth grew on Great Turtle's back until it became the whole wide World.*

Now into the black night the tortoise might drop.
Will you help the Great Turtle keep our garden on top?
Will you see wisdom etched on the back of his shell?

Oh, Little One, will you help?

* Narrative adapted from creation story of the Onandaga Indians of the northeastern woodlands of North America

Music ©2006 Hendrik Steiner and Karl Anselm
Lyrics ©2006 Richard C. Schletty
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Uploaded: Sep 09, 2006 - 04:48:42 PM
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said 4695 days ago (September 9th, 2006)
No idea
I had no idea where this was going when I started scratching phrases
on paper while spinning Karl and Hendrik's beautiful soundtrack.
Except that Norman Miller (digitalnirvana9) had been giving me
reasons to be concerned about the environment. I combined those
environmental concerns with my own world morality concerns and
decided to deliver this as a "protest lullaby" to my unborn grandchild. I
hope it works for you listeners. The Onandaga creation story was a
random find while googling the Internet for stuff about our planet.
Thanks, Norman, for this song. You made me do it (in a good sense)!
Electric Lobster said 4695 days ago (September 9th, 2006)
First Protest Lullaby I ever heard ..)
But I like it very much - right from the beginning - the "Atlantis" like
whispering especially.
A very special and outstanding collaboration - congrats !
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digitalnirvana9 said 4695 days ago (September 9th, 2006)
A Classic is Born
Richard, thank you for the kind words and acknowledgement, they are
truly appreciated. As for this song, it has heart, power, and a sense of
history concerning those who watched over our planet in the past.
Many of the Native American Tribes had a tradition of looking seven
generations ahead, and asking what they're actions would do to those up-
coming generations. To all those reading this, where do you think
humanity will be in seven generations? The answer came for me when I
played this song for my Mother who has been here since 1919. She had
tears in her eyes. Tears of hope, and tears for what has been lost....May
we all awake to save our planet before it is too late...Digitalnirvana9
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snowdragon said 4695 days ago (September 9th, 2006)
Great set of words
And I've always been fond of this story, ever since I heard it as a kid
from the elders of Tyendenaga Mohawk First Nation.

I particularly liked when the harmonies and instrumentation kicked in,
some much so I might suggest rethinking the approach to the first

Very well done.
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Alannah said 4695 days ago (September 9th, 2006)
This has ....
... a sort of Peter, Paul and Mary Folkiness to it ..... ah takes me back to simpler times ... when songs had messages we understood ... in the days when the lyrics were clear and not so subjective ..... sigh ! Nice tune!
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kristyjo said 4695 days ago (September 9th, 2006)
I love the folk styling
including the vocal harmonies. I like the idea of the 'protest lullaby'.
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jiguma said 4695 days ago (September 9th, 2006)
now we're talking!
Protest lullaby - now we're talking! Shades of Donovan's Atlantis in the
spoken part - one of my favourite songs. Nice vocals Richard - I agree
with snow about the instrumentation and harmonies lifting things, but
things can't be lifted if they're already up (can they?), so it works for
me as is.
Straight-up lyrics leave no room for guessing what's being said.
Like it!
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TobinMueller said 4695 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
A loving creation
Very sweet, lovingly performed and presented. It reminds more more of
Children's Music than "Pop (mainstream" as you have designated. Or
contemporary folk. Very good feel from this one, Richard.
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said 4694 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Thanks, all
Thanks for all the above comments.
thetiler said 4694 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
Like the fllow of it all. Sounds terrific! The texture of vocals, guitars,
synth. All nice!


Way to go you guys!
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selters said 4694 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Great song!
This is a really great song! Definetaly a download and a fave! Nice and harmonic playing, and Richard delivers as always on the vocals! cool lyrics, but i got to say that the melody is very very catchy! Great work to all of you!
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said 4694 days ago (September 11th, 2006)
Very nice tune
Ah! thanks Richard, who show me this lovely tune.
KUDOS....one of your BEST.
futzpucker said 4693 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Very effective
The masterful arrangement of this song - the mood it creates -
matches perfectly with the lyrics and their delivery. The sparce
rhythmic track (brushes?) added a nice touch to the guitars, flute and
pads, which are used very deftly to create and sustain the song's
feeling. The combination of children's song and protest song is very
effective, and works on a number of levels.

One small suggestion: I would change one word - I would substitute
"take the hills" for "eat the hills". Seems less jarring, but with the same
message. Just a suggestion...

Overall, this is a wonderful piece of music and cry for consciousness.
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said 4693 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
eat or greet or take the hills?
Thanks, Patrick.

I think what I had in version 1 works best: "the oceans will greet the
hills." Keeps it kid-friendly, yet fully descriptive.

If interested, here is the first draft of Saving Great Turtle:
said 4693 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
of course...
This song would not have been created were it not for the artistry of
Karl and Hendrick. These guys are only in their late 20's but compose
and play like seasoned masters. Incredible, really.
mint01 said 4692 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Thanx a million, Richard!
You have made us turn red immediately...
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Warren Smith said 4691 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
By the shores of Onodaga
In the five years I spent driving along the shores of Lake Onondaga when I lived in the old Iroquois heartland, I saw more woodchucks than turtles : >

This is a fine collaboration, producing a surprising beautiful song.

Richard, I love the way you have integrated the ancient creation myth with modern environmental concerns. The result is surprising - in that it casts our current problems in epic proportions.

I like the way the speaking part is delivered with dramatically restraint, increasing its potency and poingency. It's such a great shift from the singing.

Is this a child's story - or an adult warning? A little bit of both, I guess. That last line really wraps it all up, suggesting the future of the planet lies in the hands of the young.

The once-beautiful Onondaga, by the way, is fitting for your theme, in that it became perhaps the most polluted lake in the country, and has had more governmental studies done on it than any other body of water in the world. If fact, I think there has even been a study done of the studies ... to no avail at getting the lake cleaned-up.

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said 4691 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Onondaga peril
Warren: Thanks for your comments. Well, it appears that the song is more
poignant than I had imagined due to the pollution of Lake Onondaga. And
yes, I intend for the song to work at two levels. In fact, I sent "Saving Great
Turtle" on CD (with a dozen copies of the lyrics) to school today with my 8th
grade daughter. She is doing a report on the Iroquois Nation (of which the
Onondaga Nation is a member). I am hoping the teacher will see fit to play it
for the class. Gotta start somewhere!

And thanks for correcting my spelling of Onondaga. I'll have to ask Hendrik to
correct it in the footnote above in song description.

said 4650 days ago (October 25th, 2006)
News bulletin
Warren Smith sent me this news clipping, commenting, "It looks like, after
years of studies, some action will take place." ...



More than 2.5 million cubic yards of contaminated mud will be dredged from
Onondaga Lake, near Syracuse, under a consent decree between the state and
Honeywell International that was announced yesterday. The $451 million
project will take about a decade and is considered one of the largest
industrial cleanups in the country. Honeywell's predecessor, Allied-Signal,
was sued by the state several years ago in an attempt to force the company to
clean up the lake. Onondaga, which is four and a half miles long, contains
high levels of mercury, benzene anll other hazardous substances.

said 4687 days ago (September 17th, 2006)
A profound myth...
delivered with great grace. Lovely. Pensive. Much applause.

Be well!

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