Jim Planck

Jim Planck

BandFolkGospel

Folk music for the 21st century, political, environmental, and songs of faith with clear lyrics to convey poetically but concisely each song's content, supported by simple acoustic folk patterns designed to keep the listener's focus on the message of the lyrics.

Biography

Folk music fan of early '60s, quit school, joined Marine Corps, 4 years, Vietnam, drifted, reporter past 25 years, coming back to folk music because the times require it.

Lyrics

Like Krypton

Written By: Jim Planck

I was standin' by the ocean lookin' out on the bay
I was thinkin' just how beautiful God made it all this way
I was watchin' for a whitecap comin' 'cross the sound
There was sunlight on the water, gleamin' all around

And then a man hastens to tell me
That it ain't like that no more
'Cause the oil slick's floating everywhere
Even on that ocean floor

I was standin' on a hilltop starin' up at the sky
I was knee deep in that meadow, Lord, watchin' clouds roll by
I was lost in contemplation how the Earth it is so fair
I was sighin' deep and breathin' hard pure and fragrant air

And then a man hastens to tell me
I shouldn't breathe that hard no more
'Cause the air is filled with dirt and gas
An' the sunlight's makin' more

If we don't wanta end like Krypton
I think my friend it's time for me and you
'Cause if we don't start doin' somethin'
You know there won't be nothin' left to do
I say there won't be nothin' left to do

I was standin' on a mountain out in a gentle rain
I was thinkin' how the heavens, Lord, make it clean again
I was tastin' fallin' raindrops out on the tip of my tongue
And then the sun came out, and did a rainbow, too, after the shower was done

And then a man hastens to tell me
I shouldn't drink that water down
'Cause the lakes are collecting chemicals
From some far-off distant towns

I was standin' in the city lookin' at all those lights
Oh the power grid was gleamin', Lord, ev'rything shinin' bright
I felt so secure down deep inside, a comfort just like home
Ain't it good to know with science here ain't nothin' goin' wrong

And then a man hastens to tell me
I can't go to the city no more
'Cause the containment fields have broken
And there's double trouble at the core

If we don't wanta end like Krypton
I think my friend it's time for me and you
'Cause if we don't start doin' somethin'
You know there won't be nothin' left to do
I say there won't be nothin' left to do

Said, if we don't wanta end like Krypton
I think my friend it's time for me and you
'Cause if we don't start doin' somethin'
You know there won't be nothin' left to do
I say there won't be nothin' left to do
You know there won't be nothin' left to do

Presidential Briefing

Written By: Jim Planck

Turnin' on the TV set, list'nin' to the news
Waitin' for the President to state his point of view
He's standin' with that Chief of Staff, lookin' mighty grim
Says he's got those facts in hand and he got 'em straight from him

Now it seems that there's this trouble spot that needs a helpin' hand
And though he hates to ask a lot, he's sure you'll understand
We've got to call upon our troops across this nation wide
Sons and daughters, moms and dads in uniform with pride

Well there's so many soldiers have gone from these shores
To fight for their fam'ly and friends
Oh Lord bless and keep them from danger and harm
And bring them all home once again
Say bring them all home once again

That some of you will disagree on both sides of the aisle
Really ain't the point you see, 'cause it's only for a while
We're goin' in and cleanin' up, we won't be there that long
By the time you've counted votes enough, we'll have done the job and gone

Oh but this just in, now it seems it really ain't that small
We got ourselves in somethin' mean that requires a longer haul
Yeah the facts we had were out of place, but we'd never lie to you
So in the fall election race remember I'm with you

Well there's so many soldiers have gone from these shores
To fight for their fam'ly and friends
Oh Lord bless and keep them from danger and harm
And bring them all home once again

Said there's so many soldiers have gone from these shores
To fight for their fam'ly and friends
Oh Lord bless and keep them from danger and harm
And bring them all home once again

Said there's so many soldiers have gone from these shores
To fight for their fam'ly and friends
Oh Lord bless and keep them from danger and harm
And bring them all home once again
Say bring them all home once again
Lord bring them all home once again

Like The Free

Written By: Jim Planck

These are times that'll test the depths of any nation's soul
But in America we were born in fire 200 years ago
When freedom was the prize they won at a cost so very dear
Now vigilance is the shield we bear to keep that freedom here

And they never knew how the nation that they made
Time and time again, the world would save
They were living lives of freedom just like you and me
And they died just for living like the free

Say can you hear them calling on the breeze?
"America forget me not, this thing do for me."

Now centuries have come and gone and a madman stalks the land
A tyrant from some distant shore reaching out his hand
With dreams of dark insanity he plots against us all
With schemes of raw brutality he moves to make us fall

The air was bright, the sky was clear on a blue September day
As travelers from near and far took flight upon their way
While Americans of ev'ry birth rose to greet the day
Workers, firemen, police, all went off to earn their pay

And they never knew they were never comin' home
When the sun went down 3,000 souls had gone
They were living lives of freedom just like you and me
And they died just for living like the free

Say can you hear them calling on the breeze?
"America forget me not, this thing do for me."
"America forget me not, this thing do for me."

The Honey Bee Song

Written By: Jim Planck

Well the honey bee, friend, ain't done us no harm
But the bees are gettin' scarce down on the honey bee farm
Ain't no one can say 'xactly what's goin' on
'Cept when they go to the hive ya know the honey bee's gone

Now the bee been around since the Biblical time
Servin' up honey and doin' just fine
So when science do say he ain't doin' so well
Maybe science knows somethin' it ain't willin' to tell

Well I wanna see a bee on that flower
I wanna know he'll come back somehow
I wanna know that we've got the power
To straighten this all out right now

And if you go to the store honey's a million a pound
'Cause there ain't many honey bees a'buzzin' around
But if you take a close look now at some that you'll find
Well it pretty much seems that they're some other kind

They're lookin' darker and diff'rent, maybe longer somehow
Maybe up from Australia comin' in on some scow
Though many will tell you that I'm majorly wrong
What's left looks different with too many gone

Yeah honey ain't nothin' if ya don't eat the stuff
But pollination's no joke if the goin' gets rough
So I'm askin' and a'pleadin', maybe beggin' some too
Please save the honey bee 'cause his fate is ours too.

Well I wanna see a bee on that flower
I wanna know he'll come back somehow
I wanna know that we've got the power
To straighten this all out right now

Said I wanna see a bee on that flower
I wanna know he'll come back somehow
I wanna know that we've got the power
To straighten this all out right now
Yeah to straighten this all out right now
I say to straighten this all out right now

Eyes Open Wide

Written By: Jim Planck

People talkin' loud when you ask of America
People starin' hard in the U.S. of A.
'Cause if you listen much to the voice of America
You'll hear trouble movin' 'round and it's heard ev'ryday

So you've got to get your eyes open wide now
It's time to take a stand or a side
Yes your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So you've got to have your eyes open wide

The shoppin' carts are big in the stores of America
Money's buyin' less in the U.S. of A.
Savin's dwindle down in the banks of America
While the price of hangin' on just runs away

Well you've got to get your eyes open wide now
You've got to take a stand or a side
Yes your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So ya got to have your eyes open wide

The chance to buy a home is the dream in America
A driveway and a yard in the U.S. of A.
'Til the mortgage gets too steep for the folks in America
Makes it hard to keep that house in the U.S. of A.

Well you got to keep your eyes open wide now
It's time to take a stand or a side
'Cause your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So ya got to have your eyes open wide

Drivers take it hard at the pumps of America
Gas is outta hand in the U.S. of A.
Corp'rate oil just laughs at the needs of America
Their only bottom line is to just make you pay

So you got to get your eyes open wide now
It's time to take a stand or a side
Ya see your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So ya got to have your eyes open wide

Winter brings the cold to the most of America
Heating time again in the U.S. of A.
The cost of keepin' warm is a fam'ly dilemma
Choosing food or fuel in the U.S. of A.

Well ya got to get your eyes open wide now
It's time to take a stand or a side
'Cause your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
And ya got to have your eyes open wide

Weather can hit hard in some parts of America
Disaster in some town in the U.S. of A.
Officials all fly in lookin' grim for the camera
A sound bite and a sorrow and a quick getaway

Well ya got to get your eyes open wide now
Ya got to take a stand or a side
'Cause your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So ya got to have your eyes open wide

Candidates proclaim when they speak to America
Solutions to all cares in the U.S. of A.
But when the ballot's done in the votes of America
They sing a diff'rent tune and they send you away

Well ya got to get your eyes open wide now
It's time to take a stand or a side
Said your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So ya got to have your eyes open wide

People talkin' loud when you ask of America
People starin' hard in the U.S. of A.
'Cause if you listen much to the voice of America
You'll hear trouble movin' 'round and it's heard ev'ryday

So ya got to get your eyes open wide now
It's time to take a stand or a side
Yes your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So ya got to have your eyes open wide

Say ya got to get your eyes open wide now
Ya got to take a stand or a side
Yes your turn is comin' round pretty nigh now
So ya got to have your eyes open wide

Discography

All Creation -- CD

Set List

No covers. All original material.
Set list includes selection of material from All Creation CD, plus others from forthcoming one.