Music and lyrics by David Heitler-Klevans
©2009 David Heitler-Klevans
David wrote this song about something that makes him mad: littering. Waggle your fingers along! A little righteous indignation can be fun! This song is now the title song of a musical that David & Jenny wrote for kids to perform.
I was on my way to school one beautiful blue-sky day
I finished off my favorite snack; I had the wrapper to throw away
I looked around for a garbage can, but there were none in sight
I dropped the wrapper on the ground
out jumped old Mrs. Pound
and she yelled at me with all her might -
"The world is not your garbage can
The world is not your garbage can
Listen what I say, young man -
The world is not your garbage can!"
Well, I hung my head and picked up my trash - feeling like an awful fool
And you know I found a garbage can when I finally got to school
I was sitting in class when the Principal made this announcement on the P.A.
he said: "Everyone
is gonna have some fun
and clean up the park this Saturday!"
'cause (Chorus) (w/everybody lend a hand)
Well, Saturday came and I went to the park to pick garbage up off the ground
And I couldn’t believe the piles of stuff that were strewn all around
As I toiled to pick up other folk’s junk, I thought "this is such a pain!
If they just put in
the garbage bin
I wouldn’t have to sing this sad refrain:"
(repeat Chorus - ending with:)
It’d be more acceptable in a garbage receptacle -
The world is not your garbage can!
Movement: waggle finger on Chorus
Instrumental accompaniment: create instruments from reused/recycled materials (spring water bottle shakers, can cowbells, toilet paper roll kazoos, etc.
Act out the song. Example - Video: https://youtu.be/tlV_oek-2BM
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