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I Love Rock and Roll (And Earth)

Joan Jett is a rock icon. Best known for karaoke classics like ‘I love Rock and Roll’ and ‘Bad Reputation’, Joan Jett is the epitome of a rock icon. With a career beginning in the 1970’s, Joan Jett continues to be one of the coolest musical artists out there.

You might be wondering what Joan Jett has to do with the ENN Blog. It turns out that Joan Jett’s newest single, ‘Any Weather’, which comes from her most recent album Unvarnished,  is a “love letter to the earth”.

‘Any Weather’, was written as collaboration with David Grohl, who is best known from being in the bands the Foo Fighters and Nirvana. For the video, which you can watch below, Jett sings in front of a video demonstrating the highlights and low lights of the current state of the earth. Images range from swimming dolphins and waterfalls to images of pollution and drought. Though the song lyrics aren’t specific to any particular environmental issue (the song chorus is We can stay together/Through any weather) the video gives off the message that we need to fight for our planet.

This is not Joan Jett’s first time with an environmental message.  In 2012, Jett posed for a PETA advertisement promoting vegetarianism.

Joan Jett is not the only artist who puts an environmental message in her music. Below are a few songs that come to mind when I think of songs about appreciating the earth and the environment.  Please include your own favorites in the comments section!!!!!!  :)

‘Big Yellow Taxi’ – Joni Mitchell

Environmental lyric: Don’t it always seem to go/ You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone/They paved paradise/ And put up a parking lot

 ‘Mercy, Mercy, Me (The Ecology)’ – Marvin Gaye

Environmental lyric: Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no/Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury

‘This Land is Your Land’ – Woody Guthrie

Environmental Lyric: From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters/This land was made for you and me.

‘Time is Ticking out’ – The Cranberries

Environmental Lyric: Looks like we screwed up the ozone layer/I wonder if the politicians care

Where Have All The Flowers Gone Pete Seeger

Environmental Lyric: Where have all the flowers gone?/The girls have picked them ev’ry one./Oh, When will you ever learn?

‘Any Weather’ video from yahoo music!

Rock Hand via Shutterstock

by Maddie Perlman-Gabel

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