Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Ground Swell

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1977 Schroder Music Company, renewed 2005.

Are you listening to the ground swell,
Moving underneath your feet? ground swell.

Eighteen hundred Portsmouth people
Took over the nuclear plant site,
Eighteen hundred were arrested,
Hundreds came to take their place.


There's a monster hole
At Bodega Head in California
People stopped a nuclear plant there,
Hole filled with sweet water.


Abalone and Clamshell people,
Eastern and Great Plains Alliance,
Everywhere resistance rises
To the nuclear death threat.


Jacques Cousteau, the Ocean brother,
And his following of people
Champion the earth's waters,
Rising like the tide.


People arming, people rising,
In Angola and South Africa
They're repressed but never beaten,
Never still for long.


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