Over the years I've hear this song many times; sometimes it has inspired me to reflect on its themes. One is the proverbial 'why.' Another is about the world and the industrial-technological complexity in which we live; it spawns a great deal of waste. Far more 'carbon' than any of us could ever hope to produce individually. We all want our gadgets, things like cell phones, cars, TV, fridges and a nice cozy home to come to, be it cool in summer or warm in winter, and we do it en masse. All of us are guilty, even the finger pointer. They may be the most guilty as 'he who accuses, accuses himself first and most.'
Then there is the most intriguing message, to me at least. It is the question that asks, "How will I paint this garden I've destroyed green?" This question easily and potently is about a person and their personal life. We all make mistakes, we all have been known to blunder at times, even in anger to seek retribution. In the process we focus on the other guy; most often we fail to see that it isn't only his garden we destroy, but our own as well. Mud flies everywhere and everyone is dirtied by it. Now, how to make green again that I've destroyed?