Solar Living Experiment : Spoken Word

By Holy Solar

The Holy Solar crew trucked down to Hopland, California, for the annual SolFest celebration at the Solar Living Institute & left with this song and video.

In Joy!

Solar Living Experiment

For those of you who’ve never been
It’s so amazing as to be a sin
Right along scenic highway one-oh-one
There’s a magical place, mostly about the Sun
We’d heard about the Redwoods, so we came to see,
What it felt like to be under all of those trees
We weren’t the first to hear their call
Hundred foot Redwoods dwarfing any wall
Under their canopy you might feel a little small
Until you give one a hug and feel part of it all.
With towering trees and ancient ferns
Restoring the forest each time it burns

The North Coast is like a Jurassic Park reserve
A tiny little paradise we must preserve
At the Command of the Mother who gave us Birth
The Green Goddess most of us call Earth.
But in the midst of this scenery
We learned about something that was shocking to see
The forests were threatened by society
Lumber companies out to cut every last tree
College students recruited by the military
And a thief in the White House directing policy.
And then we took a look at energy.
We took a look at sustainability
We thought about a green economy
We took a look at oil wars
We took a look at President Gore
We started to see something we had missed before
That there was more to life than consuming more
The fate of the Earth is all tied together
And it’s up to us to make things better
A new solution began to take root
At the Solar Living Institute.

In just fourteen years they have taken this land
From a pile of metal junk and sand
Industry’s leftovers left to rust
The founders pulled a garden from the dust
Putting together something we could finally trust
An alternative living experiment
People living in yurts and tents
Powered by the wind and sun
The work of this place has only just begun

Spinning a network of wisdom light & synergy
So our planet and species can live in harmony
The first that thing we wanted to know
Without gas in the ride, how would it go?
We learned the answer at our first SolFest
There were a few options, but biodiesel seemed the best

Too good to be true, it seemed at the time
Running our ride without giving Chevron a dime!
The Ayatollah of Canola was preaching his word
We could run our cars and stay free as a bird
From the clutches of those oil firms
And the war caused by those greedy worms
We started to learn something about energy
It’s everywhere, abundant, and delivered for free.
We are bathed in shower of electricity
There is power in every spot we can see.
The Sun can run our society
And we can leave a legacy
Of clean, renewable, war-free power
The revolution is happening this very hour!

Our fourth year here and a lot has changed
The style of our life has been completely rearranged
With a panel on the roof we’re a part of this trip
Living our live without taking a sip
From the bloody oil wells
Yes, that it is french fries you smell
And Mahayana, our bus, likes it quite well.
It’s not so cheap, but that’s okay
We didn’t pay the oil companies today!
We get our power from the Real Goods store
And as soon as we can, we’ll back for more
With the panel and biodiesel we’re free to roam
And still power a laptop so I can write this poem.
My handwriting isn’t so good, you know.
And running out of power interrupts the flow.
But there’s a triple-junction thin-film up on top
So I can write until it is time for me to stop.

There is a cleaner type of technology
It is after all the twenty-first century
This planet didn’t come with a guarantee
So it’s time to look at other sources of energy
Oh look!-right there, in the corner of the sky
A power plant burning brightly, so tell me why
We must plunder our Mother and suck Her dry?

-Indi Riverflow
August 2008

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7 Responses to “Solar Living Experiment : Spoken Word”

  1. Solar Living Experiment : Spoken Word : thegameoflove
    8:09 pm on August 24th, 2008

    […] Original post by Holy Solar […]

  2. tha Granola Ayatollah of Canola
    6:21 pm on August 28th, 2008

    Hey thanks for the kind words and for doing the good work.

    I am feeling your message, method and diggity diggin the sacred subtext behind your efforts!

    Way to go!
    Way to be!
    No one goes till all are free!!!

    a Billion Blessings in your General Direction,
    Charris Ford (aka tha Granola Ayatollah of Canola)

  3. Holy Solar
    6:24 pm on August 28th, 2008

    Charris, it is an honor! Your vision expands.
    You were literally the first to tell us about grassolean at our first Solfest.
    Try to make it back next year.

  4. lyrialzander
    5:33 pm on September 6th, 2008

    Very Nice!

    I would love to go to SOLFEST! I heard about it a few years back but I still have yet to visit the Redwoods… It’s actually one of the first areas of the country I plans to take my Bus.

    You should put the words to the poem in the description!

    *}Peace & Love{*

  5. Pillarona
    4:37 pm on March 25th, 2009

    Wonderful work, y’all. Please keep it up!

  6. My News Channel
    4:41 pm on March 25th, 2009

    The revolution will not be televised
    The revolution will not be televised
    It will be aired on YouTube

    Gil Scott Heron would be proud of this song.
    Great video!

  7. James
    7:15 pm on December 12th, 2015

    You can research the Do-It-Yourself e-books out there and spend about $50/ each or you can go to this site. The Florida Solar Energy Center can help anwser your questions. Do you have to build one or just figure cost?


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