Family Values

by Charity and the JAMband

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The newest release from San Francisco's award-winning family rock sensation Charity and the JAMband, Family Values takes the listener on a magical and spiritual -- even political -- journey through in-your-face rock'n'roll epics, heart-opening acoustic love-anthems, and joy-filled sing-alongs. The message: lovingkindness, compassion, joy, equanimity, patience, understanding, generosity, community, intention, non-harming, gratitude, respect, mindfulness, waking up, truth, and peace for ALL!

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released November 6, 2012

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Track Name: Peace Pledge
We pledge allegiance
to the path
of peace and
lovingkindness,
and to the dream
for which it stands:

One planet,
infinite life,
interdependent,
with freedom,
food,
and understanding
for ALL.


“The power of a great sustainable idea is in the end of the day even more powerful than any external force.”
~ Marianne Williamson

“Each moment is a chance for us
to make peace with the world,
to make peace possible for the world,
to make happiness possible for the world.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we are to attain real peace in this world we must begin with the children.”
~ Gandhi
Track Name: Family Values
VERSE 1
everybody’s got their own rhythm their own rhyme
their own tempo their own time
their own method of feelin’ fine
their own lovingkind state of mind heart to find 
everybody’s got their own laughter their own tears
their own courage their own fears
their own life to pioneer
their own history of seconds minutes hours days weeks or years

CHORUS
we’re all different
so unique
yet we’re all the same
deep deep deep down

VERSE 2
everybody’s got their own opinion their own say
their own path their own way
their own karmic wheel to play
here away yesterday tomorrow and today  
everybody’s got their own family their own values
their own troubles their own tools
their own tarnished and shiny jewels
their own reds and whites and blues truths to choose

CHORUS
we’re all different
so unique
yet we’re all the same
deep deep deep down

BRIDGE
don’t you want love and
don’t you want peace and
don’t you want everyone
to be your friend?
don’t you wanna be kind
don’t you wanna be true
and don’t you want folks
to take care of you?
and don’t you want folks
to do the same for you?

VERSE 3
everybody’s got their own spirit their own soul
their own rock their own roll
their own vision to unfold
their own self to hold young and old story told
everybody’s got their own silence their own noise
their own chaos their own poise
their own gift their own voice
the chance to speak right walk light
choose the non-violent fight

CODA
we all need
a hand to hold
and a voice to sing
a heart to love
and a world to heal
a body to dance
and dance and dance
and dance and dance
we all need
a roof over our heads
food in our bellies
family around us
and freedom followin’ us
all we need is love
all we need is peace
all we need is love
all we need is peace
breathe in the love
breathe out the peace
breathe in the love


“If you judge people, you have no time
to love them.”
~ Mother Theresa

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Track Name: Lovingkindness
CHORUS
May I be happy, may I be well
May I be safe and sound
May I be peaceful, may I be at ease
With love in my heart and all around
May you be happy, may you be well
May you be safe and sound
May you be peaceful, may you be at ease
With love in your heart and all around

VERSE 1
You can sing your love
You can dance your love
You can play your love
Today, my love
You can laugh your love
You can cry your love
You can walk your love
And you can fly your love
All around

CHORUS
May I be happy, may I be well
May I be safe and sound
May I be peaceful, may I be at ease
With love in my heart and all around
May you be happy, may you be well
May you be safe and sound
May you be peaceful, may you be at ease
With love in your heart and all around

VERSE 2
You can sit with your love
You can breathe with your love
You can listen to your love
It's in your heart, my love
You can share your love
You can shine your love
You can be your love
And you can spread your love
All around

CHORUS
May we be happy, may we be well
May we be safe and sound
May we be peaceful, may we be at ease
With love in our hearts and all around
May we be happy, may we be well
May we be safe and sound
May we be peaceful, may we be at ease
With love in our hearts and all around


“You,
as much
as anybody
in the entire
universe,
deserve
your love
and affection.”
~ The Buddha

“Spread love
everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come
to you without
leaving happier.”
~ Mother Theresa

“There are three ways
to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”
~ Mr. Rogers
Track Name: Lemonade
VERSE 1
Long ago in a faraway time
Or maybe it was just a dream of mine
There lived a people small and kind
In a land called Lemonade
They were much like our fairy-folk
With wings of silk and eyes of smoke
They had hearts of gold and magic souls
And how they loved their home

BRIDGE
And the lemon trees bloomed all around all around
And the lemon trees bloomed all around
And the sugar cane grew all around all around
And the sugar cane grew all around
And the water flowed all around all around
And the water flowed all around
And the people danced all around all around
And the people danced all around (singin’)

VERSE 2
The people lived inside the trees
Right alongside those honeybees
And they shared the air with the birds and the fleas
And the bats and the butterflies
They made a life with their very own hands
Ploughed the earth and tilled the land
And the sunshine smiled and the breeze blew fine
In the land called Lemonade

BRIDGE
CHORUS
The trees make the lemons
The earth grows the sugar cane
The sky pours down the water
And the people make the
Lemonade lemonade
Don't you want some lemonade
Lemonade lemonade
Don't you want some lemonade
You know you want some you know I got some
Lemo lemo lemo lemonade
You know we got some you know you want some
Don't you want some lemonade

VERSE 3
One day an angry dragon came
To smite the people with his flame
To burn their trees and scorch their earth
And dry up all the streams and lakes
They thought wow this guy is really mean
The nastiest evil we’ve ever seen
Let us offer him a drink
From our crystal chalice full of lemonade

VERSE 4
So they mixed him up a special brew
Pit a little mint in for something new
And offered it to that dragon
In the spirit of love and generosity
And he smiled the way only dragons can
And he turned his life right around right then
And he never used fire for evil again
In the land called Lemonade

BRIDGE
DOUBLE CHORUS
The trees make the lemons
The earth grows the sugar cane
The sky pours down the water
And the people make the
Lemonade lemonade
Don't you want some lemonade
Lemonade lemonade
Don't you want some lemonade
You know you want some you know I got some
Lemo lemo lemo lemonade
You know we got some you know you want some
Don't you want some lemonade
lemon trees sugar cane
Water from the fairy lake
Don't you want some lemonade
Squeeze it up dump it in
Stir it with your fairy stick
Don't you want some lemonade
You know you want some you know we got some
Lemo lemo lemo lemonade
You know we got some we know you want some
Don't you want some lemonade

TAG
And that is how the fighting ends
When enemies turn into friends
And we all lay down our angry fire
And share our lemonade


“The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.”
~ Leonard Nimoy

“Love is the only force capable of transforming
an enemy into a friend.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Track Name: Bike
VERSE 1
I like to ride my bike around the block
I got a real cool bike
and I like to ride it all the way around the block
it's brave and shiny and it's got two wheels for the road
it carries me so easily
I know it can handle quite an awesome load

CHORUS
well I sit, I sit on the seat
I get a handle on the handlebars
I peddle, peddle with my feet
and I steer, steer with my arms
and I ring, ring the bell
and it's swell

VERSE 2
I like to ride my bike around the town
I got a real cool bike
and I like to ride it all the way around the town
it's got a basket up front where I put all the treasures I find
I ride it all by myself with no help
I pedal real hard to make it fly

CHORUS
well I sit, I sit on the seat
I get a handle on the handlebars
I peddle, peddle with my feet
and I steer, steer with my arms
and I ring, ring the bell
and it's swell

BRIDGE
to be ridin’
feels like flyin’
ba da da da da da da da da

VERSE 3
I'd like to ride my bike
around the world
I got a real cool bike
and I'd like to ride it
all the way around the world
I’ll invite all my friends
to join my bicycle parade
we’ll spread peace and love
and laughter and kindness
and free lemonade


“I thought of that
while riding my bicycle.”
~ Albert Einstein
on the Theory of Relativity

“As a kid I had a dream:
I wanted to own my own bicycle.
When I got the bike
I must have been the
happiest boy in Liverpool,
maybe the world.
I lived for that bike.
Most kids left their bike
in the backyard at night.
Not me.
I insisted on taking mine
indoors and the first night
I even kept it in my bed.”
~ John Lennon

“Think of bicycles
as rideable art
that can just about
save the world.”
~ Grant Petersen
Track Name: Love Is Here
VERSE 1
you can find love
in the rain fallin' down
you can find love
in a seed in the ground
you can find love
in the sun-shiny sky
in the smell of spring
in the breeze blowin' by

VERSE 2
you can find love
in your dog or your cat
you can find love
in a heart-to-heart chat
you can find love
in the shade of a tree
in the roots and the shoots
and in you and in me

CHORUS
love is everywhere
look around
it’s in the light
it’s in the sound
it’s sometimes simple
sometimes grand
it’s in your heart
when you lend a hand
to someone

VERSE 3
you can find love
when you sit and breathe
you can find love
when you make believe
you can find love
when you’re makin’ a song
when you sing it out loud
and someone sings along

VERSE 4
you can find love
in your neighborhood
you can find love
in the big wide world
and you can find love
in your very best friend
or in one you've only known
for a moment

CHORUS
love is everywhere
look around
it’s in the light
it’s in the sound
it’s sometimes simple
sometimes grand
it’s in your heart
when you lend a hand
to someone

CODA
love is here
in a bug on the grass
love is there
in an owl's nest
love’s everywhere
in the dimming of the day
love is to share
it’s in the way that you play
love is here
in your favorite shirt
love is there
when you dig in the dirt
love’s everywhere
it’s in the way you walk
love is to share
it’s in the way you talk
love is here
in a book you read
love is there
in your cozy bed
love’s everywhere
it’s in your family
love is to share
it’s in you and in me


“Even after all this time the sun never says
to the earth ‘you owe me’. Look what
happens with a love like that:
it lights the whole world.”
~ Hafiz

“Through my love for you,
I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings.
By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth. This is the real
message of love.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Track Name: Ice Cream
VERSE 1
when summertime comes
and the weather gets hot
I like to mostly think about
things which are not

like ice and snow
and swimming lakes
and my favorite food for those
sizzlin’ summertime days

so I’m hatchin’ me a plan
to be shiverin’ down
with a lick or bite of the
coolest snack in town

CHORUS
I’ll give you a guess
it’s really creamy and messy
I’ll give you a try
it’s super-cold and icy
I’ll give you a hint
it’s drippin’ down my chin
now do you know what it is?
(ice cream)
can you guess what it is?
(ice cream)

VERSE 2
when I’m playin’ in the park
and the sun is high
and I’m sweatin’ like a piggy
in a mucky muddy sty

well who should come a hummin’
right down the street
but a little white truck
full up with special treats

my friends and I chase it
on down the block
‘cause we know what it is
and we want what it’s got

DOUBLE CHORUS
I’ll give you a guess
it’s really creamy and messy
I’ll give you a try
it’s super-cold and icy
I’ll give you a hint
it’s drippin’ down my chin
now do you know what it is?
(ice cream)
waffle cone
sugar cone
cake cone
regular
cup or
dish or
stick or
sandwich
chocolate
vanilla
strawberry
sprinkle dip
do you know
what it is
(ice cream)
did you guess
what it is
(ice cream)

BRIDGE
I say who? and you say me
I say who? me, who? me
I say when? you say now, please
I say when? now, please
when? now, please
I say yum and you say me
I say yum-me, yum-me
I say ice and you say cream
I say ice cream, ice cream

BREAKDOWN
you sing, I sing
we all sing for ice cream
you scream, I scream
we all scream for ice cream
your mama screams
your daddy screams
we all scream for ice cream
your brother screams
your sistah screams
the baby screams
the grandpa screams
the doggie screams
the kitty cat screams
we all scream for ice cream
I I I I I’m gonna eat my ice cream cone
Track Name: Valentine
VERSE 1
darling, let’s be valentines
I’ll be yours and you can be mine
right here is the place
where we belong

we can show the world our love
earth below and sky above
and all the birdies in the trees
will sing our song

CHORUS
la la la love you
la la la love you
la la la love you
la la la love you
la la la love you
la la la love you
love you

VERSE 2
darling, let’s be valentines
I’ll be yours and you can be mine
we’ll hold hands
and walk around the world

we will smile at everyone
hug the moon and shine with the sun
and all the stars up in the sky
will sing our song

CHORUS

VERSE 3
darling, we’re all valentines
all the world and all of the time
and all that’s in our hearts
was meant to share

find your kindness know it’s true
you’re in love, and love is in you
and all the valentines are singing
can you hear them now

DOUBLE CHORUS
Track Name: Flower Power
VERSE 1
you start out as a little seed
holdin’ everything you need inside you
underneath the dark cold ground
waitin’ for a certain season
when it’s time you will know how
to make your roots and dig ‘em deep
and deeper down
suddenly one day you’ll find
you’re ready to send your stem into the sky
(little green sprout pokin’ through
deep dark earth do what you do)

CHORUS
you got flower power
it’s your finest hour
sun is gonna shine
rain is gonna shower
you’re gonna bloom, baby, bloom
you got flower power

VERSE 2
you keep on stretchin’ all the ways
and one fine dawn you open up your little bud
you spread your petals reaching wide
breathing in the air and light and sunrise
you stand and wave and sway and fly
your beauty makes the trees and bees and birdies smile
you dance and sing a flower tune
with your new friends the earth sun air
and morning dew
(little flower bloomin’ bright
share your joy share your delight)

CHORUS

BRIDGE
flower hears the truth
flower knows just what to do
flower power
flower hears its soul
flower knows just how to grow
flower lets go
flower heeds the message
of its nature of its essence
flower surrenders
flower has a deep and loving faith
in what it is becoming
you are the flower!

VERSE 3
when the nighttime settles down
you tuck yourself right in and rest your petals
and while the starry meadow turns
you pause now
breathing in the darkness
this is now your magic time
you dream a flower dream in sleepy colors
so you can wake up every day
and share yourself
and do what you do your own way
(little seed you’re a flower now
gonna make a new seed
gonna circle ‘round)

CHORUS


“You are here to enable
the divine purpose
of the universe
to unfold.
That is how
important you are!”
~ Eckhart Tolle

“Our own life has to be our message.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Track Name: Green Beans Everywhere
VERSE 1
Mama said girl you gotta eat your green beans
grow up big and strong
I said Mama I’m already strong and big
what planet are you livin’ on
she said I live on earth and so do you
and not everybody here has enough food
so think about that for a minute or two

VERSE 2
so I thought about that for quite some time
and it made me feel kinda blue
and I wanted to help so I snuck a green bean
into the back of my shoe
and after dinner I went out to my yard
and I dug a hole yes I dug really hard
and I put my bean in and covered it with dirt

CHORUS
‘cause I had a dream (dream)
that there’d be green (green)
green beans everywhere
growing in the dirt (dirt)
reaching for the sun (sun)
breathing in the air we share
and the rain would wander down
and water them alive

VERSE 3
so I sprinkled some water on my bean
and sang it a little love song
and I told my bean a bedtime story
‘bout growing up big and strong
and I thought about how this wise old earth
was lovin’ my bean right there in the dirt
so it could feed the world some day

BRIDGE
then I said good-night to the moon and my bean
and the stars and the dirt and the sky
I went up to bed laid down my head
and closed up my eyes

DOUBLE CHORUS
I had a dream (dream)
that there were green (green)
green beans everywhere
growing in the dirt (dirt)
reaching for the sun (sun)
drinking up the rain (rain)
breathing in the air
and there were red (red)
red cherries (orange)
orange carrots (yellow)
and yellow pears
and there were green (green)
green beans (blue)
blue berries (purple)
purple plums everywhere
there was enough food
for everyone to eat
finally

VERSE 4
then all the children of the world
held each others' hands
and we danced around
the rainbow garden
growing in our land
and we had a picnic
under the stars
and we shared our food
because it was ours
now think about that
for a minute or two


“We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.”
~ Pema Chödrön

“When we do the best
that we can, we never
know what miracle
is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.”
~ Helen Keller
Track Name: Grateful
CHORUS
what makes you twinkle
what makes you shine
what makes you sing out
what makes you chime
what makes you celebrate
what makes you resonate
what makes you grateful
to be alive

VERSE 1
is it the meadow
where the sun shines sweet
so that you can run in it
in your bare feet

is it the puddles that
the rain cries down
so that you can stomp in ‘em
all around the town

I’m grateful for the sun and the rain
(you try!)
I’m grateful for the sun and the rain
(everybody!)
I’m grateful for the sun and the rain

CHORUS

VERSE 2
is it your school
where you run and play
and grow up just a little bit
each and every day

is it your home
with its roof in the sky
and windows so you can
watch the world go by

I’m grateful for my school and my home
(you sing!)
I’m grateful for my school and my home
(all together!)
I’m grateful for my school and my home

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

VERSE 3
is it your friend
who you love all the time
'cause you can hear the music
in each other's minds

is it your family
who holds you strong
and always makes a place for you
your whole life long

I’m grateful for my friends and family
(you sing!)
I’m grateful for my friends and family
(everybody!)
I’m grateful for my friends and family
(that’s you all! here we go...)

CHORUS


“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or
in thin air, but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“It’s so clear that
you have to cherish everyone.”
~ Alice Walker
Track Name: We Are the Ones
VERSE 1
do you take the time to notice
all the world as it goes by
do you ever stop and listen
to the flutter of a butterfly
have you ever paid attention
to where the rainbow ends
do you slow down, meander
are you mindful, my friend

CHORUS
occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for
occupy your reality
occupy your community
occupy your serenity
we gotta be the change we wanna see

VERSE 2
do you ever do a nice thing
for someone you don’t know
can you sometimes drop your anger
let it be and let it go
can you listen to another
with no judgement in your heart
can you allow everybody
to be just who they are

CHORUS
occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for
occupy your reality
occupy your community
occupy your humanity
we gotta be the change we wanna see

VERSE 3
we gotta share the abundance
of this little earthy sphere
oh the people want equality
and it all begins right here and now
we gotta take care of each other
we’re all one family
there is a path that leads to peace
and it all begins with you and me

BRIDGE
lovingkindness
compassion
joy
equanimity
patience
understanding
generosity
community
intention
non-harming
gratitude
respect
mindfulness
waking up
truth
peace

CHORUS
occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for

occupy your life
occupy your truth
occupy your body
we’re gonna dance the revolution

occupy your reality
occupy your community
occupy your sanity
we gotta be the change we wanna see

occupy your mind
occupy your heart
occupy your spirit
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for


“Until we can control our own violence, our own anger, our own hostility, our own meanness, our own greed, it’s going to be so, so, so hard to do anything out there. So I think of any movement for peace and justice as something that is about stabilizing our inner spirit so that we can go on and bring into the world a vision that is much more humane than the one that we have
dominant today.”
~ Alice Walker

“Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A lot of people are waiting for
Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi
to come back - but they are gone.
We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman