The Earth is Our Mother
Oi Polloi Lyrics


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How can you buy or sell the sky? The warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the earth is scared to my people - every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in our memory and experience. The sap which courses through the trees carries our memories - we are part of the earth and it is part of us. We know that the white man does not understand our ways - one portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother but his enemy and when he has conquered it he moves on. He leaves his father's graves behind and he does not care. He kidnaps the earth birthright are forgotten. He treats his mother the earth and his father the sky as things to be bought, plundered or sold like sheep or bright beads. His appetite will devour the earth and leave behind only a desert. I do not know. Our ways are different from your ways. The sight of your cities pains my eyes. There is no quiet place in the white man's cities - no place to hear the unfurling of leaves in spring or the rustle of an insects wings. The clatter only seems to insult the ears - and what is there to life in one cannot hear the lonely cry of the Lapwing or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night? What is man without other animals? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens t othe beasts soon happens to man - all things are connected. Teach your children what we have taught our children: That the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.

The secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men.
Where is the thicket? Gone.
Where is the eagle? Gone.
The end of living - and the beginning of survival...




Overall Meaning

The Earth Is Our Mother by Oi Polloi is a song that criticizes the greed and exploitation of nature by the white man. For the natives, every part of the earth is sacred, and they are part of it. They realize that they cannot own the air or the water since they are part of the earth. However, the white man treats nature as a commodity that can be bought or sold. The song also points out that the white man does not understand the natives' ways and sees the land as a resource to be exploited for his benefit. The singer notes the destruction and devastation that the white man leaves behind in his quest for material gain. The song also highlights the importance of nature to humans, and how the destruction of the earth and its creatures will ultimately lead to the demise of humanity.


The chorus of the song, “The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her” emphasizes the importance of nature to humans, and it serves as a call to action to take care of the earth. The lyrics are a reminder that man does not own nature; we are part of it, and whatever we do to the earth will affect us in the long run.


Line by Line Meaning

How can you buy or sell the sky? The warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?
The concept of owning air and water is alien to the singer's culture. They believe that these elements are not possessions that can be bought and sold but part of the earth that belongs to everyone.


Every part of the earth is sacred to my people - every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in our memory and experience.
The singer's community regards every aspect of the natural world as sacred, from the smallest insect to the largest tree. These elements hold important memories and meanings that are passed down through generations.


The sap which courses through the trees carries our memories - we are part of the earth and it is part of us.
The singer believes that they are connected to the earth, and the trees in particular, through the sap that runs through them. They see themselves as part of a larger ecosystem where everything is interconnected.


We know that the white man does not understand our ways - one portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother but his enemy and when he has conquered it he moves on. He leaves his father's graves behind and he does not care. He kidnaps the earth birthright are forgotten. He treats his mother the earth and his father the sky as things to be bought, plundered or sold like sheep or bright beads.
The artist believes that the white man sees the earth as a commodity to be exploited for personal gain. They view the earth and its resources as something to be conquered and used for short-term purposes, without thought for the long-term effects on the environment or the community living there.


His appetite will devour the earth and leave behind only a desert.
The artist fears that the white man's exploitation of the earth will lead to environmental destruction, leaving behind barren wastelands instead of vibrant ecosystems.


I do not know. Our ways are different from your ways. The sight of your cities pains my eyes. There is no quiet place in the white man's cities - no place to hear the unfurling of leaves in spring or the rustle of an insects wings. The clatter only seems to insult the ears - and what is there to life in one cannot hear the lonely cry of the Lapwing or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?
The singer laments the loss of natural spaces in modern cities, as well as the lack of respect for the sounds of nature. They see the urban environment as noisy, busy, and disconnected from the natural world.


What is man without other animals? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to man - all things are connected.
The singer emphasizes the importance of animals in human life, both for their practical uses and for the spiritual connection they provide to the natural world. They warn that the destruction of animal habitats and populations has far-reaching consequences for humans as well.


Teach your children what we have taught our children: That the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.
The artist urges parents to teach their children to respect the earth and recognize their interconnectedness with all living things. They believe that humans are part of a larger web of life, and that the actions we take towards the earth will ultimately affect us as well.


The secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men.
The once-secluded areas of the forest are now being intruded upon by humans. The artist can smell the presence of many people in places that were once quiet and uncrowded.


Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. The end of living - and the beginning of survival...
The disappearance of natural habitats and wildlife is a tragic loss, causing the artist to fear for the future of the planet. As more and more species become endangered or extinct, the artist sees humanity as entering into a state of mere survival, rather than thriving in harmony with the natural world.




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