The Tule Elk Song

I wrote this song to support the movement to save the indigenous Tule elk in Point Reyes National Park from the threat of starvation and murder as a result of the private ranching industry's stronghold on our public lands.

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View the music video below (made by Tony Seghal/Silver Reaction Media).


All proceeds from downloads will go to support activism and saving the elk.

For more information about this issue, visit ForELK.org and RestorePtReyesSeashore.org

Credits
© 2021 Charity Kahn & Daryn Roven
Music by Charity Kahn
Lyrics by Charity Kahn + input/inspiration from Diana Oppenheim of ForELK

Charity: vocals, guitars, keys, synths, bass, graphic design
Daryn: guitars, synths, bass, stomps + claps

Produced by Daryn & Charity
Engineered, mixed & mastered by Daryn Roven at The Raindrop
“A Crown of Flowers” artwork © 2020 Lynnette Shelley

 

The Tule Elk Song

by Charity Kahn

jared

huffman

you better listen to us

‘cause we are comin’

we got the truth on our side

and we’re ready to ride it

as long as it takes now

 

point reyes

is a national treasure

but a full 1/3 of it

is leased to ranchers

and some people wanna kill

indigenous tule elk

to protect their profits

 

are you for the elk

are you for the earth

are you for the future

of the creatures and the dirt

or are you for the systems

that threaten all existence

who are you workin’ for

 

who now are you workin’ for

who who are you fightin’ for

who who who are you in bed with

who are you going to

protect, preserve, uplift, restore, defend

’til the end

 

it’s gonna take immediate

and serious action

to protect this cherished

ecosystem

and ensure that the elk

and their habitat

are free from destruction

 

so if you wanna be able

to sleep at night

well then you better get on

the right side of this fight

the time is now

to listen and respond

with the logic of compassion

 

who now are you workin’ for

who who are you fightin’ for

who who who are you in bed with

who are you going to

protect, preserve, uplift, restore, defend

’til the end

Point Reyes has signed a plan that enshrines private industry inside the national park for the next 20 years.

 

The plan calls for the killing of the Tule elk because they compete for grass that is leased to 24 commercial beef and dairy ranches. This species is native to CA and has been brought back from near extinction.

 

We want the park service to do their job and support the maximum protection, restoration and preservation of wildlife and the natural environment.

 

now tell me

are you for the elk

are you for the earth

are you for the future

of the creatures and the dirt

or are you for the systems

that threaten all existence

who are you workin’ for

 

who now are you workin’ for

who who are you fightin’ for

who who who are you in bed with

who who are you protecting

who now are you workin’ for

who who are you fightin’ for

who who who are you in bed with

who who are you defending

who now are you workin’ for

who who are you fightin’ for

who who who are you in bed with

who who are you fighting' for