See song sheet with lyrics below!

Did you know the Columbia City Farmers Market is now open on the 2nd Saturday each month, from 10 am to noon?

On Saturday, March 11th, you can shop from farmers, eat fun food from food trucks and then sing-along with our local folk band, Just Us Singers at noon.

Our singer/songwriters will sing classic and original songs including “Locally Grown”, “Rainy Garden Song” and more.

We will also offer an informational table to converse with you and our neighbors about climate action, Meaningful Movies, etc.

Join us on Saturday, March 11th by noon! Come early, stay late.

Classic & original songs for a just world.  (206) 769-4204, Rainier Valley, Seattle. Listen to songs at Mike Wold/Singing to Remember


Just Us Singers Song Sheet     Columbia City Farmers Market   March, 2023   Song lyrics!

1.Garden Song by David Mallet/Eric Kilburn

Inch by inch, row by row,

gonna help our gardens grow.

All we need is a rake and hoe

and a piece of fertile ground.

Inch by inch, row by row,

Someone bless these seeds we sow.

Someone warm them from below,

‘Til the rains come tumbling down.

Slug by slug, weed by weed.

This garden’s got me really teed.

All the insects love to feed

upon my tomato plants.

Sunburned face, scratched up knees,

My Kitchen’s choked with zucchinis.

We’re shopping at the farmers’ market

when we get a chance

Plant our rows straight and long.

Temper them with prayer and song.

Mother Earth will make us strong

for the time that’s near at hand.

Grain for grain, sun & rain.

Find our way thru nature’s chain.

Tune our body and our brains

to the music of the land.

(repeat 1st verse)

2.My Country tis of Thee/inequity by Reina del Cid

My country, ’tis of thee, Land of inequity,

Of thee I sing.

Land where our mothers cried,

Fought, bled, and sacrificed.

For rights we are now denied. Let freedom ring.

Land of dystopia, religious myopia,

I mourn for thee.

Behind old oaken doors, Six rob-ed dinosaurs

conspired to wage a holy war over our bodies.

But the true liberty, does not mute easily,

Long may she ring!

Her voice we’ll amplify,

Marching ’til morning light.

All genders side by side ’til freedom rings.

3 A House for the Homeless by Mike Wold

Chorus:Sing a dream house for the homeless

For the guy in the doorway,

The woman on the street

Sing a roof & 4 walls, bed & bathroom for all

And a kitchen with plenty to eat

Sing a dream house for the homeless

For the family asleep in their car

Where the rent is real cheap

There’s no shortage of heat

and the good jobs are not very far

Take Julie out there, looking worn out with care

Got an A.A. in office admin

But harassment at work got her out in the dirt

And she never got back in again

And Jimmy arrived from a long Greyhound ride

He was hired on a fast-moving line

But when orders slowed down,

No more jobs could be found

And he just couldn’t pay rent on time

Let’s change this world for the homeless

We all make mistakes; they say that’s the breaks

But when people get broken, that’s wrong

And sometimes we fall, but that shouldn’t be all

For folks like the ones in this song

I don’t like to preach, but I do have to teach

How what happened to them isn’t strange

We could all take their place

with a small twist of fate

That’s why the whole system must change

Let’s dream a world for the homeless

Bob came from the res, made a good life he says

Bought a house where he thought he could stay

But the interest rate rose

and his home was foreclosed

So he’s down in Tent City today

And Nancy was smart, but a guy broke her heart

And took all her money besides

She’d be on her way up,

but she can’t make a buck.

That’s why she’s sleeping outside


There’s lots more we’ll do before we get to

A world that takes care of its own

Pay a livable wage, make rents harder to raise

Defend people’s right to their homes

And just to be fair, make the rich pay their share

What they pay now’s a sin and disgrace

So let’s organize and prioritize

What it takes to get out of this place

(Chorus)Sing a dream house…

Let’s change this world for the homeless

  1. The Crossing by Mike Wold

We come ‘cross the river,

we come ‘cross the desert,

Finding our way between fire and ice.

A river of souls, a train of the desp’rate

We make the crossing, we pay the price.

Like a flood in the springtime,

when the ice is still breaking.

Underneath frozen rivers,

strong currents will flow.

Like a burning wind as the morning is waking, Like a wave of the sea with no bottom below.

Peasants and laborers, painters and poets,

Parents and children, husbands and wives

We slide past the border with death & we know it

Taking that chance, betting our lives

Somewhere there’s clear passage,

Somewhere there’s calm water

Somewhere a cool spring from dry desert stone

Somewhere ‘cross the ocean,

there’s a safe harbor

Somewhere there’s a place, we can call home.

The river can’t stop us, the desert won’t turn us

We’ll trust the sea with the time we have left

The ice may not hold us the hot sun may burn us

But we’ll make this crossing in life or in death

Like a flood in the springtime,

when the ice is still breaking.

Underneath frozen rivers,

strong currents still flow.

Like a burning wind as the morning is waking. Like a wave of the sea with no bottom below.

(repeat 1st verse)


5.Power from Above by Dan Berggren

Sinners are you ready for a little redemption

To receive forgiveness for what we’ve done?

The time has come to break bad habits

It’s time to turn to the wind and sun

Chorus: Just a little more power from above

Just a little more faith respect and love

For this old earth our only home

It may take strength to say no

to that power from below.

But there’s salvation in the power from above

There’s a better way than barrels of oil

There’s a better way than lumps of coal

There’s a better way to work together

Renewable power, that’s our goal


What will we do for a better world?

Get on our knees to hope and pray?

Well that’s not enough unless we change

The judgment day is every day

Wars have been fought over who owns oil

Lives have been lost and fortunes won

But you and I will someday win

‘Cause no one owns the wind or sun


Yes there’s salvation in the power from above

6.Locally Grown John Forster & Tom Chapin

If I were an apple, I’d be very unhapple

Traveling 4000 miles or more,
From far off Tasmania, in a shipping contain-ia,

To a shelf in a Washington store.

Why should I be tortured

When some Washington orchard,
Would be totally thrilled to the core

To pick me & crate me & load me & freight me, not 4000 miles, but 4?
An apple should be not far from the tree

where it ripens in the fall.
(Chorus) Locally grown and locally eaten

is globally good, good, good for us all. (2x)


If I were a berry, I expect I’d be very         contrary and hardly inclined
To ship out from Chile to a store in Tukwilly.
Hey, I’d have to be out of my mind.                      It seems paradoxic and carbon dioxic
That we force all our food to commute,       wasting gallons of fuel, which we know isn’t cool for people or planets or fruit.
A berry is fine not far from its vine,

near the farmer’s market stall.
(Chorus)Locally grown and locally eaten, is globally good, good, good for us all. (2x)      So when you’re walking the aisle

past a beautiful pile
Of the fruit you might want to take home.

Do not buy for your table,

‘Til you check out the label

and determine how far it did roam.
Aside from the karma of helping the farma,

who lives in your county or state.

The very best reason to buy what’s in season:

the taste is incredibly great!

So keep buying foods

from your regional dudes,

Keep your carbon footprint small.
(Chorus: Locally grown…) (2x)


7.Why We Sing by Mike Wold

Because a worker will make less

than 50 years ago,

Because reforming welfare threw

So many off the rolls,

Because the social safety net

Has gotten full of holes, …that’s why we sing.

Because a woman’s choice

has been eroded by decree,

Because one soul in prison

means the rest cannot be free,

Because our climate chaos means

there’s no safe place to be … that’s why we sing.

Chorus: We sing the way some people laugh,

The way some people cry.

We sing because we’re not prepared

To cash it in and die.

We sing because we know there’ll be

No pie up in the sky.

We sing for the courageous folks

Who rise again and try.

Because the police seem to think

it’s OK to kill blacks.

Because the FBI and NSA

can sneak behind our backs,

Because our wars kill more than die

In terrorist attacks…that’s why we sing.

We sing our faith that change

comes from the bottom, not the top.

We sing our vow to fight for justice

and we’ll never stop.

We sing to bring about a world

where all share what they’ve got.

We sing to bring the light of hope

to places where it’s not!

& we believe that everyone should live w/ dignity, And when the people join our song,

It’s beautiful to see,

Because we want to live in peace & in prosperity, that’s why we sing.    ( Chorus) 

That’s why we sing,  

On picket lines, in concert halls,

That’s why we sing,

To those who struggle and to you all,

That’s why we sing,

We stand prepared to answer any call,

That’s why we sing, that’s why we sing.

8.Can You Breathe? by Mike Wold

Can you breathe

when a man dies in a choke hold

Can you breathe

when they clear protest off the street

Can you breathe when the verdict is foretold

Can you breathe

when they knock folks off their feet?

(Chorus)  Can you breathe? Can you breathe?

While all around you all the people grieve?

Can you live as you choose,

What is it you believe

If after all that you have seen

You can breathe?


He was drivin’ down the street                    mindin’ his business                                      When the police pulled him over for a stop    They say he offered them too much resistance But murder’s just the same done by a cop        His death was “unfortunate, an accident”       They thought his hand was pullin’ out a gun  They treated it like just another incident          And his killer still is walkin’ in the sun.      Chorus. Can you breathe….

Now you know that we’re all in this together

And a total system change is what we need

There are lots of different ways

our lives are fettered

& those chains are reinforced by corporate greed

Can you breathe

when they lock folks up for lifetimes

Can you breathe while they build that border wall

Can you breathe

when they build another pipeline

Can you breathe while the rich take it all?

Chorus. Can you breathe….

Now I won’t say that I don’t believe in progress

And it’s clear the good that civil rights did bring

But still this society’s in regress

And it’s time to give that pendulum a swing

If you want to breathe,

then tell them black lives matter

If you want to breathe,

then come out, take a stand

If you want to breathe,

then let’s create the answer

Let’s roll justice out right across this land.

Chorus; Can you breathe…..

9.Singing Through the Hard Times

by Utah Phillips

Sometimes our living gets so dark & lonesome

It seems like there’s nothing we can do

So we reach out to each other

& raise a song together

And let our voices carry us through


We are /Singing thru the hard times (2x)

Working for the good times to come (repeat)

And when the war clouds gather,

it’s so easy to get angry

And just as hard not to be afraid

But you know in your own heart,

no matter what happens

You just can’t turn your back and walk away

Chorus: We are singing….

So hand in hand together,

we help each other carry

The light of peace within us every day

If we can learn to live it, to walk & talk & give it

That world of peace won’t be so far away

Chorus: We are singing….2x

10.If you want peace, work for justice by Charlie King

Chorus: If you want peace work for justice

(3x), No justice no peace

1.You can’t have peace in a world of hunger, with one dog over, one dog under

You can’t have peace in a world of hunger;

not in this world.

Until the last chain falls,

hunger will make fools of us all. (chorus)

2.You can’t have peace in a world of war,

Where the rich get richer & the poor stay poor

You can’t have peace in a world of war,

not in this world.

Until the last chain falls,

war will make fools of us all. (chorus)

  1. You can’t have peace in a world of race hate, poverty, prison, and police states. You can’t have peace in a world of race hate,

not in this world,

until the last chain falls,

race hate will make fools of us all (chorus)

11.Rainy Garden Song by Riley

We’re sittin’ ’round waitin’,

waitin’ for the sun to shine.

We’re sittin’ ’round waitin’,

just hopin’ for a little sunshine.

We haven’t seen the sun

since ’long about last July.

Merry little breezes

won’t-cha blow these clouds away,

and if it’s not too inconvenient,

we were hopin’ you could do it today.

We don’t see any reason

they should over-extend their stay.

We ran between the raindrops

to plant our peas and greens,

cleaned all the closets, and read our magazines.

We’ve been to the movies and the coffee shop,

Now we’re sittin’ ’round waitin’

for the drip, drip, drop to …stop!

We’re very optimistic;

we got cantaloupe, eggplant, and corn.

But let’s be realistic;

gotta have more sun to make the soil warm.

So merry little breezes wouldja pucker up & blow,

till every little cloud is gone?

We’re sittin’ ’round waitin’,

waitin’ for the sun to shine.

We’re sittin’ ‘round waitin’,

just hopin’ for a little sunshine.

We haven’t seen the sun since

we can’t remember when—but, my, it’s been a long, long time!

12.What’s going up by Lou Truskoff


Everybody seems to know what’s going down

But what’s going up is the problem

Everybody seems to know what’s going down

But what’s going up is the problem

Carbon dioxide, that’s what is going up

And it’s warming our planet all around

Yet we just keep on burning coal & gas &oil

It’s time to leave those fossil fuels

in the ground (repeat)

Now some will say, but what about the jobs?

Our unemployment is very plain to see

But there are millions of green jobs,

just waiting to be done

We need those jobs, yes, on that we can agree.

(Chorus) Everybody seems to know….

The Arctic polar ice keeps on melting

Access to open water now is there

And the oil exploration ships are standing by

More fossil fuel, more CO2 up in the air

More CO2 than our planet can bear

Now we have fracking and tar sands extraction

Extreme measures brought to us

by corp’rate greed

But global warming is telling us to

change our ways

Because the sun and wind are all we really need

(Chorus) Everybody seems to know…..

3.Corporate Welfare, by Anne Feeney

Chorus: It’s time to end welfare as we know it

And get tbc

hose greedy chiselers off the dole

It’s time to end welfare as we know it                               

Teach them a little self-control

For far too long we’ve allowed these  corporate hogs                         

To belly up to the public trough

No more welfare as we know it

No more hand-outs, cut them off!

Now we should all be irate

at the huge welfare state

Right here in this mightiest of nations

AFDC is disgraceful to me

I’m talking Aid for Dependent Corporations

Free enterprise – hah! the cruelest of lies

It cost us trillions just last year

If they paid their fair share

We’d have trillions to spare

It’s time to tell them the bucks stop here


They’ve been picking every pocket

from sea to shining sea.

We must intervene to break this cycle

of  dependency.

Wall Street banks, big ag & pharma,

oil money flowing,

weapons profiteers & that welfare line

keeps growing, growing, growing

Now Congress says we can’t afford

to subsidize the needy

But before we slash the safety net,

let’s tell the truly greedy:


Spoken:  And we mean business!

No more handouts, cut them off!

Spoken: It’s for their own good!

No more handouts, cut them off!


14.Power of the Union by Si Kahn

Some people never say no to the boss

They take what they get for their labor

Others will stand up whatever the cost

And fight for the rights of their neighbor

Chorus: Every day, every night,

will you fight for the things

that you believe in?

Will you stand, hand in hand,       

Hand in hand with the power of the union?

Some people never say what’s on their mind

In a hard time you hardly can find them

Others will stand up the first in the line

And hold on till there’s hundreds behind them

(Chorus) Every day,….

Come in, close the door, between you and me

I’ll tell you just what the truth is

The power and spirit we feel in this song

Are born in the power of the union.

(Chorus) Every day,…

Some people never say yes to a dream

They say change can wait until later

Others will keep on until they succeed

Then fight for a dream even greater

(Chorus) Every day…

15.Working Folks Hymn by Joshua Davis

Some people hunger for the greenback bill

Some folks hunger for the top of the hill

Some people just tryin’ to get a decent meal

Well I know that we can turn it around

Some people sleepin’ in a fine feather bed

Some folks are dreamin’ of an old homestead

Some just need a place to lay their head

Well I know that we can turn it around

(Chorus) I know that we can turn it around

There’s one thing that I’ve found

If there’s a force in the dim

singin’ a working folks’ hymn

I know that we can turn it around

River bottom up to home on high

In the light of the endless sky

Jetsettin’ or just getting’ by

I know that we can turn it around


From Rainier Valley up to Lake City Way

One soul’s joy is another one’s pain

But the sun keeps shinin’ through the drivin’ rain

And I know that we can turn it around

[Chorus x 2]

16.Throwing Happiness by Mike Wold

One day I went up to the park

There were people all around

Spring had come at last,

Flowers sprouting from the ground

We were spinning, dancing, singing,

A most harmonious sound

We were throwing happiness

Throwing happiness

Throwing happiness all around

The happiness was flying

Little sparkles in the air

Swirling on the breeze

Caught in people’s hair

Happiness in buckets,

tossed by handfuls everywhere

We were throwing happiness

Throwing happiness

Throwing happiness into the air

And the people came from near and far

This happens every year

You can take a special training

So happiness is raining

You can scoop the happiness

right up off the ground

So let’s throw happiness.

Throw happiness

Throw happiness all around

The children were there too

They met us at the park

They were just growing up

They were happy to take part

They threw their happiness,

it landed in our hearts

They were throwing happiness

Throwing happiness

Throwing happiness into our hearts

We were throwing happiness

Throwing happiness

Throwing happiness into everybody’s heart

So let’s throw happiness. Throw happiness

Throw happiness into everybody’s heart