Muir Power To You - Lyrics

by Bill Oliver


Long is the legend of the life of John Muir,
and many are the dangers he braved.
Without his leadership you can be sure,
Yosemite would never been saved.
A century later the battles remain,
the momentum we're facing is huge.
But so is the movement inspired by his name,
may his courage and his work live in you.

Muir Power to You, may the strength of a Redwood be yours
Muir Power to You, with the grip of a glacier endure
Muir Power to You, John Muir would've been proud!

He traveled alone on thousand mile hikes
when the weather was warm or would freeze.
He loved the Sierra when it filled up with storm
and he was tied atop a swaying tree.
He worshipped the beauty of all he could see,
even when he was robbed of his sight.
When his vision returned he would go on to be
the Protector of the Range of Light!

Muir Power to You, may you look with the light from within
Muir Power to You, may the wilderness become your friend
Muir Power to You, John Muir would've been proud!

Scientists and teachers would arrive at the points
that his articles and lectures would claim.
Even politicians would eventually join
with what photographers and artists would frame.
When we think of John Muir it's so easy to see
the difference one person can make.
The same river's flowing through you and me,
it's living in the steps that we take!

Muir Power to You, as you fight to keep that river alive
Muir Power to You, as you help another species survive
Muir Power to You, on the oceans and mountains and trails
Muir Power to You, in the classrooms and courtrooms and jails
Muir Power to You, may the strength of a Redwood be yours
Muir Power to You, with the grip of a glacier endure
Muir Power to You, John Muir would've been proud!

Lyrics & music © Copyright 1987 by William M. Oliver, Jr.


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