Songs of Storm-Water Management/Songs for the Earth.
New Words by John and Jan Haigis to familiar tunes- Copyright 2006
For the past few years Jan and I have coordinated the annual Darby Creek/Cobbs Creek Cleanup for the Darby Creek Valley
Association. This year we wrote Songs of Storm-Water Management, of which these are a few examples. For the complete booklet,
please call us at (610) 583-0788 or e-mail johnghd@yahoo.com
TunePlaying : The River is Wide/Wally Wally   (as MP3)
Oh the watershed's wide, and the waters drain
To a common point, every time it rains
But when that rain, has no place to go
The waters rise, and overflow
I had a house on a piece of land
With pleasant  views on every hand
But then men came and cut down the trees
Like a killing blight or a dread disease
And then I watched as the waters came
But the land below was not the same
Where rain had once, soaked into the ground
Hard parking lots, were all it found
I watched this rain, falling drop by drop
Join with other rain, and it could not stop
Until it filled, every water course
And the flooding came, with an awful force
Oh the watershed's wide, and the waters drain
To a common point, every time it rains
But when that  rain, has no place to go
The waters rise, and over flow
These songs may be used in classrooms but if copied, please
indicate the source, who wrote them  and say they are  "Used by
Permission"
Tune: Row RowRow Your Boat
Every time it rains
Junk flows in the stream
Don't throw trash into the drain
Keep our water cleanÂ
Tune: Row RowRow Your Boat (2)
Every time it rains
Junk flows in the stream
Paper cups and pesticide
and spills from gasoline. Â
Tune: I've Been Working on the Railroad
Keep your water on your property
Every way you can
Retention basin or rain barrel
Water for your plants
It won't overwhelm the storm drains
Or flood the land around
Keep your water on your property
Let it soak into the ground
Tune: The Caissons go rolling along
Runoff here, runoff there
Causing floods that bring despair
The storm water goes rushing along
From our lawns, from our roads
It all makes too big a load
The storm water goes rushing along
For it's you and me
Need to learn some BMP's
To let all the rains soak in the ground
For we all must know
Rain needs a place to go
As storm water goes rushing along
Lyrics Copyright,
2006
John and Jan Haigis
1006 Main Street
Darby, PA 19023
(Below) Map of Darbyshire, England
showing why early settlers felt at home
(Above) Darby
Creek Watershed




(Left:)Peaceful scene
along an Irish canal
Picture: Stained Glass window at Mt Zion AME Church, Darby
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