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1.
Verse 1 when you were a tiny seed mother Earth met all your needs so you put down roots, uncurled a sprout and poked your tiny head right out Verse 2 you stretched and strained to reach the light sometimes left, and sometimes right and you spread your arms as if to fly hugging Earth and kissing sky Chorus keep a green tree in your heart and maybe the singing bird will come and when she comes you better love her well oh the stories she can tell Verse 3 you drank the rain, danced in the breeze caught the sunlight with your leaves and performed a magic alchemy to purify the air we breath Verse 4 you grew up strong and fine and true your story there in the shape of you and you made a home for the honey bee and all the singing birds like me Chorus Verse 5 now seasons come and seasons go you listen, breath, watch and grow you make a new seed, give it to the ground and the circle of life goes round and round Verse 6 And when you’ve grown up wise and old your work all done, your story told you’ll fall back down to where you came from I will hear you, I will come green tree...singing bird...love her green tree...littlest bird...love her green tree...sweetest bird...love her
2.
Verse 1 I know you can run as fast as the breeze I know you can jump as high as the trees but there’s a power more amazing than both of those and you are made of it from head to toes Verse 2 I know you can fly circles around the sun and you are brave and beautiful and very smart and super strong but you’ve got power more astonishing and legendary it’s name is LOVE and it is necessary Chorus Love is Kindness Love is Showing Respect Love is Happiness Share Your Love Share Your Love Share Your Love Verse 3 conjure it up when you are feeling scared or being sad ask it for help when you are acting mean or being mad listen for it when you close your eyes and breathe open your heart and set your LOVE power free Bridge love love love oh yeah I say share your love love love love oh yeah I say share your love love love love oh yeah I say share your love love is mindfulness love is heartfulness love is wakefulness love is generous love is truthfulness love is patience love is joyfulness love is endless
3.
Earth Day 04:05
Verse 1 this old Earth's been around awhile she knows how to cry she knows how to smile she's happiest when we care for her soil and the water and air that feed us all this old Earth runs on her own time how long does it take for a mountain to grind all the way back down to a grain of sand and then become a mountain again Chorus every day should be Earth Day and every one every daughter and son will love her like a mother and cherish her every single day should be Earth Day! every single day should be Earth Day! every single day should be Earth Day! every single day Verse 2 this old Earth is home for all the beasts and plants stout and tall some take root and others walk some even fly some even talk we ride through space upon her crust never looking back in Earth we trust she’s a ship afloat in a sea of night the burning sun her guiding light Bridge now is the moment to open our eyes and our minds and our hearts and realize the Earth is our friend the Earth is our home the Earth is our Mother we are never alone we must protect our only Earth every action and intention affirming her worth let’s do no harm and take good care of every life everyone everything everywhere... every day...
4.
Verse 1 we speak for the Earth we speak for the trees we speak for the air and for the bumble and the honey bees we speak for the land and for the sacred seeds and for the rain and for the sea and all the future beings Chorus we wanna help the Earth we wanna do our part we wanna save the day with all the lovin’ (wisdom/compassion) in our hearts for these hearts know the way and this love/wisdom/compassion makes us strong so we’ll climb a mountain high and sing at the top of our lungs, oh come on people let’s wake up people the time is now come on people let’s wake up people the time is now Verse 2 we’re gonna use our hands and the wisdom we carry inside and the love we’ve learned to share and our fascinating minds and the feelings that visit and teach us how to experience everything and our bodies that need to dance and our voices that were born to sing Bridge the Earth it’s connected to the trees they’re connected to the air it’s connected to the bees they’re connected to the land it’s connected to the seeds they’re connected to the rain it’s connected to the seas they’re connected to the fish they’re connected to the birds they’re connected to the animals they’re connected to the sun we are not individual we are not separate we are interdependent we are all one Verse 3 so let’s be kind with our thoughts kind with our words kind with our actions and kind to our world for we know whatever we do will have consequences for the beautiful beings of the future whom we already adore so we’re gonna gather together this Earthen family far and wide step into our power and do the work of our time oh Final Chorus come on people let’s wake up people the time is now come on people let’s rise up people let’s do this now come on people let’s wake up people the time is now
5.
Verse 1 I am the Earth and the Earth is me I am the Earth and the Earth is me I am the Earth and the Earth is me I am the Earth and the Earth is me I am the rocks and the rocks are me I am the trees and the trees are me I am the mountains, the mountains are me I am the Earth and the Earth is me I am the rain and the rain is me I am the rivers and the rivers are me I am the oceans, the oceans are me I am the Earth and the Earth is me I am the air and the air is me I am the wind and the wind is me I am the sky and the sky is me I am the Earth and the Earth is me Chorus It’s the truth of interbeing All things near and all things far All things seen and all things unseen We all inter-are I am the love and the love is me I am the peace and the peace is me I am the joy and the joy is me I am the truth and the truth is me Verse 2 I am the fire and the fire is me I am the sun and the sun is me I am the stars and the stars are me I am the light and the light is me I am the people and the people are me I am the creatures and the creatures are me I am all beings, all beings are me I am you and you are me I am peace and peace is me I am joy and joy is me I am love and love is me I am the Earth and the Earth is me Chorus (perhaps extended) It’s the truth of interbeing All things near and all things far All things seen and all things unseen We all inter-are Tag This is the wisdom That will spark our awakening This is the medicine To meet our suffering It has the power To heal and restore This is the answer We are looking for
6.
Shine 03:45
Verse 1 dance your love into the Earth (together with each other) 2x sing your love into the sky (together with each other) 2x spread your love around the world (together with each other) 2x put your love into your life (together with each other) 2x Chorus shine it on the mountains shine it on the sea shine it on the cities and the trees and the green country, c’mon shine it on all beings those who walk and crawl and swim and fly shine it on the suffering bring it right into the light Verse 2 dance your joy into the Earth... dance your joy into the sky... spread your joy around the world... put your joy into your life... Bridge to the east to the west to the north to the south above below within without Verse 3 dance your peace into the Earth... sing your peace into the sky... spread your peace around the world... put your peace into your life put your joy into your life put your love into your life
7.
Verse 1 sing a summer song sing it for the Earth sing it for the flowers and sing it for the dirt sing it for the singing birds and for the green trees sing it for the wiggly worms and for the honey bees Chorus sing a summer song sing a summer song sing a summer song for you and me sing a summer song sing a summer song the way we love the world is everything Verse 2 sing it for the long days and for the tiny nights sing it for the june bugs and for the fireflies sing it for the gardens and sing it for the rain sing it for the sunshine we love them both the same Bridge summer is a-comin’ and it’s right around the corner you can see it getting brighter you can feel it getting warmer you can smell it in the growing things you can hear it when the animals speak taste it in the hanging fruit run through it in your bare feet your bare feet your bare bare feet Verse 3 sing it for the mountains and sing it for the sea sing it for the rivers and for the valleys sing it for the animals and sing it for the plants sing it for the people and how they love to dance
8.
Verse 1 We love everyone The people and the creatures and the Earth and the sun All around the world you know peace has begun ‘Cause we love everyone Verse 2 We are kind to everyone The people and the creatures and the Earth and the sun All around the world you know peace has begun ‘Cause we are kind to everyone We’re kind! We’re kind! We’re kind...to everyone!
 Verse 3 We respect everyone The people and the creatures and the Earth and the sun All around the world you know peace has begun ‘Cause we respect everyone We respect! We respect! We respect...everyone!
 Verse 4 We share with everyone The people and the creatures and the Earth and the sun All around the world you know peace has begun ‘Cause we share with everyone We share! We share! We share...with everyone! Verse 5 We love everyone The people and the creatures and the Earth and the sun All around the world you know peace has begun ‘Cause we love everyone We love! We love! We love...everyone!
9.
Verse 1 Breathing in, I see myself as a flower Breathing out, I feel fresh and new Breathing in, I see myself as a flower Breathing out, I feel fresh and new Flower, fresh Flower, fresh Flower, fresh Verse 2 Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain Breathing out, I feel solid and sure Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain Breathing out, I feel solid and sure Mountain, solid Mountain, solid Mountain, solid Verse 3 Breathing in, I see myself as still water Breathing out, I reflect things as they are Breathing in, I see myself as still water Breathing out, I reflect things as they are Still water, reflecting Still water, reflecting Still water, reflecting Verse 4 Breathing in, I see myself as space Breathing out, I feel free Breathing in, I see myself as space Breathing out, I feel free Space, free Space, free Space, free Bridge Fresh, solid, reflecting and free Patient, understanding, full of generosity Peaceful and grateful, kind awake and true Full of love for me, and full of love for you Joyful and mindful, remembering how to be Fresh, solid, reflecting and free
10.
Little One 03:48
VERSE 1 oh little one oh where did you come from oh you’re my stars and my sun carry me away on the love oh precious one oh it has all begun oh and it will never be done tender and amazed is the love CHORUS I see you I hear you
I love you I am here for you forever VERSE 2 oh little babe we wander through this life afraid but here you are with your wise old face can you tell me all you know of love oh little darlin’ it’s a world of hope and a world of harmin’ I cannot keep it all at bay but I’ll tell you all I know of love CHORUS VERSE 3 oh little one oh precious one oh little darlin’ here we are in love oh here we are in love

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This music is dedicated to our beautiful, precious Earth and all her beings and ecosystems, the air and light and water and soil that nourish us, and our deepest, most tender hearts, which know wisdom and compassion, and will find a way to wake up and transform human society into one guided by healing, peace and love. Deepest gratitude to my family and community near and far, my many teachers, and all the shining folks that sing, dance and breathe along. May all beings be free from suffering.

For lyrics, chords and activities, visit jamjamjam.com/earth.html
For more music like this, visit us at jamjamjam.com. See you at the show!

Fermenting fun amidst the organic and inspirational environment of San Francisco, Charity and the JAMband have spent the past decade-and-a-half serving up delightfully groovy tunes for young ones and their big people. This spring, Charity Kahn and her merry band release their most deeply felt and resonant album yet, EARTH. Aptly named, this celebratory collection of 10 original new songs arrives on Earth Day, April 22 (available from CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and more).

As Mindy Thomas, host of SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live show has noted, Charity and the JAMband make "barefoot, sun-on-your-shoulders, hula-hooping music for funky families.” With their seventh album Charity the JAMband (Joy and Music band) celebrate not only the fresh beauty of our planet, but also the sense of unity and hopefulness inspired by experiences in nature.

A strong spiritual thread, pointing to the power of love and intentional living, runs through EARTH. The album, produced in San Francisco by bandmate Daryn Roven at The Raindrop and Studio Trilogy, begins with the acoustic and ethereal “Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart.” Each song inspires listeners toward mindfulness, especially with “Pebble Meditation Song,” which is drawn from the work of spiritual leader and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. The song “Earth Day” asserts, “Every single day should be Earth Day,” reminding us that we are all caretakers of this fragile planet. EARTH ends with a lullaby called “Little One” – a prayer from parent to child, with all of the tender hopes, fears and dreams inherent in that foundational relationship. But this is not just a contemplative album; songs like “Share Your Love,” “Sing a Summer Song,” and “We Love Everyone” present Charity and the JAMband’s trademark rootsy-jammy rockers. JAMband’s many fans have dubbed their their musical style as “mindful rock’n’roll,” “conscious music for families,” the kind that happens when “’Free to Be You and Me’ grows up and rocks out.”

“This is a celebration, like all of our albums,” notes Charity Kahn. “Whenever we record a song, there’s a metaphorical looseness, an organic earthiness that we embody. We hope to convey the feeling of openness, of aliveness...the sense that anything can happen.”

Kahn emphasizes that Charity and the JAMband concerts are “rocking celebrations of coming together as one big family, united by song, dance and love.” The band (which includes Roven, Paul Lamb, Laurie Pomeranz and David Rokeach) celebrates the release of EARTH with a free, all-ages concert at 5 pm on April 22 at The Park Chalet in San Francisco (the kick-off show for the 13th annual JAMband Family Festival Concert Series created and produced by Kahn), and more concerts at Rainbow Fest (April 24) and Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley (May 1). On Saturday May 14th, Kahn and noted storyteller Olivia Hackett-Shaughnessy will present an event for adults in San Francisco: “The Motherlode: Songs and Stories from the Vein – A Concert for the Mother.”

Charity Kahn has a degree in math from Stanford, has co-authored a book on math and music, and has worked as a software engineer in the technology industry. Motherhood opened the door to a new life of musical devotion and creation and allowed Kahn to live her real passion. Since 2002, Charity and the JAMband have been bringing the rock ‘n’ roll experience to families, touching the hearts and inspiring the dancing feet of this generation’s breed of family music lovers. Charity and the JAMband recordings include Family Values (2012), Party Like a Twinkle Star (2010, NAPPA Gold Award, Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award), Rock Your Socks Off (2006, Parents’ Choice® Gold Award, Children’s Music Web Gold Award, Fids & Kamily Award), and Peanut Butter and JAM (2004, Parents’ Choice® Approved Award). Charity Kahn previously released two solo albums: JAM: Music for Movement with Children (2002) and firstborn (1999). In addition to singing and recording original songs, Kahn leads popular weekly JAMboodas music and movement classes for young children, and she runs sold-out spring and summer JAMcamps for school-aged kids in San Francisco. Visit www.jamjamjam.com for the latest updates.

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released April 22, 2016

Charity Kahn - vocals, acoustic guitars, keyboards, ukulele, synths, flute, percussion
Daryn Roven - electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, synths, percussion
Paul Lamb - bass
David Rokeach - drums, percussion

Music & lyrics composed by Charity Kahn except:
Music for Shine (Charity/Daryn)
Pebble Meditation Song (verse lyrics paraphrased from Pebble Meditation as it appears in Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children [2011] by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community with permission of Parallax Press, Berkeley, California. www.parallax.org


Engineered, mixed & mastered by Daryn Roven at Studio Trilogy and The Raindrop
Additional engineering by Charity Kahn
Produced by Charity Kahn and Daryn Roven
Artwork & graphic design by Charity Kahn
a Raindrop Records and MusiMatics production. All content copyright 2016 Charity Kahn

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