Environmental Songbook 77 / 102

The Forest Island in the Grassy Great Plains Sea

Music and lyrics by Linda Boyle

©2018 Linda Boyle

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On "The Forest Island: Songs of the Black Hills".  Coming fall, 2018: two booklets of companion stories, content-area lessons (grades 2-8), color illustrations, graphic organizers and B&W coloring pages of the flora and fauna, water resources and geology mentioned in the album's songs.

Lyrics

The Forest Island in the Great Plains Sea

© 2018 Linda Boyle

 

 CHORUS:   from Badlands’ buttes to rolling hills

made black with evergreens

He Sapa:

the forest island (2x last time)

in a grassy Great Plains Sea

 

1     Black Hills trees:

descendants of ancient canopies surrounded

by Grasslands as far as you can see

 The Forest Island

in the Grassy Great Plains Sea

 

CHORUS

 

2     Conifers and deciduous trees

 Ponderosa, Spruce, bur oak and Aspen

Green Ash, Box Elder, & paper birch

 The Forest Island

  in the grassy Great Plains Sea

 

       CHORUS

 

3     Old Cottonwoods can be seen

 ‚Äčalong dry creek beds & flowing streams.

 Lodgepole Pine scattered ‘round the Hills

 and in Cathedral Spires -  limber pine

The Forest Island

in the Grassy Great Plains Sea    

 

CHORUS

 

4     From Young Ponderosa called Blackjack

       To Yellow bark, the older trees

        A million strong — living hundreds of years

         The Forest Island

      in the grassy Great Plains Sea

 

CHORUS                                                                                                             

 

 

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