Trees Eat Us All: A Tribute to Bill Mollison (1928-2016) from Charlie Mgee

Trees Eat Us All: A Tribute to Bill Mollison (1928-2016) from Charlie Mgee


Designer, you’re now a recliner So long and thanks for the yield and your tools left behind have all sharpened our minds to keep growing the change in the field The future is looking quite shady under all the ideas that you’ve grown and to look out the window at food in the ground gives us power to face the unknown But trees eat us all in the end so plant one for me when I’m gone then if you hear that I’ve died
you can tell them they’ve lied I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn Tapping into the rhizomes of wisdom you wove them all into a tale and with seeds in your pockets and dirt on your hands you took us into the belly of the whale took us into the belly of the whale So go on and tell us another cos your stories are food for the soul Helping us see the forest for the trees and ourselves as part of the whole See ourselves as part of the whole Yeah trees eat us all in the end so plant one for me when I’m gone then if you hear that I’ve died
you can tell them they’ve lied I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn. Though the problems around us are many The answers come to us with ease Take care of the land, your friends and your family and remember to plant lots of trees cos trees eat us all in the end so plant one for me when I’m gone then if you hear that I’ve died
you can tell them they’ve lied I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn Yeah well, trees eat us all in the end so plant one for me when I’m gone then if you hear that I’ve died
you can tell them they’ve lied I’m just shading-out somebody’s lawn.

29 thoughts on “Trees Eat Us All: A Tribute to Bill Mollison (1928-2016) from Charlie Mgee

  • As I have some Permaculture friends that don't speak English that well, I took the liberty of translating the lyrics into German (and now my eyes are all wet for some reason…)

    Komplettübersetzung (ohne Rücksicht auf Silbenzahl und Reim)

    Erschaffer, jetzt kannst du dich ausruhen
    Lebwohl und danke für die Ernte
    Und all deine Werkzeuge
    Die unseren Geist geschärft haben
    Damit die Veränderung durch uns wächst

    Die Zukunft liegt im Schatten
    Der vielen Ideen, die du hattest
    Und aus dem Fenster zu schauen
    Auf Nahrung, die dort wächst
    Gibt uns Kraft, uns dem Unbekannten zu stellen

    REFRAIN:
    Aber am Ende essen uns die Bäume,
    Also pflanzt einen, um mir zu gedenken
    Und wenn ihr dann hört, ich sei tot
    Dann sagt, dass es nicht stimmt
    Ich spende nur einem Garten etwas Schatten

    Wir zapfen das Wurzelnetz der Weisheit an
    Das du zu einer Geschichte verflochtest
    Und mit Samen in der Tasche und Dreck an den Händen
    Hast du uns in den Bauch des Wals geführt
    Du hast uns in den Bauch des Wals geführt

    Nun bitte erzähle noch eine Geschichte
    Denn deine Geschichten nähren die Seele
    Helfen uns, den Wald vor lauter Bäumen zu sehen
    Und uns selbst als Teil des Ganzen
    Uns selbst als Teil des Ganzen

    REFRAIN:
    Aber am Ende essen uns die Bäume,
    Also pflanzt einen, um mir zu gedenken
    Und wenn ihr dann hört, ich sei tot
    Dann sagt, dass es nicht stimmt
    Ich spende nur einem Garten etwas Schatten

    Auch wenn wir von Problemen umgeben sind
    Kommen die Antworten doch ganz leicht
    Kümmert euch um den Boden, um Freunde und Familie
    Und denkt daran, Bäume zu pflanzen

    REFRAIN:
    Aber am Ende essen uns die Bäume,
    Also pflanzt einen, um mir zu gedenken
    Und wenn ihr dann hört, ich sei tot
    Dann sagt, dass es nicht stimmt
    Ich spende nur einem Garten etwas Schatten

  • Beautiful Charlie, thank you for making this song! I never had the pleasure of meeting Bill but, like many, I'm truly saddened by his parting.

  • Thanks Charlie. Bill has been the greatest change to my life and the best positive influence this planet has seen in centuries. Great to see you paving the way too.

  • Charlie, that is great. Thanks for this fitting tribute to Bill. Had a vivid dream this morning real early , Bill came here and loved what we'd done, loved the trees, the plants….. plenty to feed on me when I am gone .

  • First contact with your music, Charlie – and what I just heard was as if Bill had ghost-written it (pardon the pun). As a fellow Aussie, hope to see & hear you around the traps.

  • I am new to permacultur, and live in the north norway with cold climate, and I absolutly love seeing this is a thing! thank you Bill Mollison for hope in humanity restored! 🙂
    And Charlie Mgee's song is genius! 😀

  • Designer, you’re now a recliner.

    So long, and thanks for the yield,

    And your tools left behind

    Have all sharpened our minds

    To keep growing the change in the field.

    The future is looking quite shady

    Under all the ideas that you’ve grown,

    And to look out the window at food in the ground

    Gives us power to face the unknown.

    CHORUS:

    But trees eat us all in the end,

    So plant one for me when I’m gone,

    And if you hear that I’ve died

    You can tell ‘em they’ve lied.

    I’m shading out somebody’s lawn.

    Tapping into the rhizomes of wisdom,

    You wove them all into a tale,

    And with seeds in your

    Pockets and dirt on your hands

    You took us into the belly of the whale,

    Took us into the belly of the whale.

  • Love the song and the man! My tribute: http://www.dianamarahenry.com/InlovingmemoryofBillMollison-Mylifeinpermaculture.htm

  • The greatest Australia was an outrageous embellisher of truly wild stories. One supposes it had to be that way, to get the basic vision across. There is a lot of nonsense talk about the singularity and nano-technology going on. But the reality is that its the seed and the biological cell that are the lowest maintenance form of nanotechnology. Hence while we need industrialism it ought to be in the context of the near maximisation of permaculture. It almost doesn't matter what the question is, permaculture is almost always the answer.

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