EARTH & SPIRIT SONGBOOK


This anthology of 110 old and new songs is a great resource for educators, song leaders, church musicians and anyone who celebrates our amazing planet. The Earth and Spirit Songbook provides entertaining, educational songs of ecology, world humanity and peace with participatory choruses for groups to sing. Compiled and edited by musician-composer Jim Scott, it includes songs by many well-known contemporary songwriters.

Categories include:
– Earth education – for children and adults
– Social action, environmental justice issues, etc.
– Earth celebrations – earth oriented holidays
– Beauty, abundance, community, rights of passage, etc.
– World humanity and peace

The songs not only teach about the earth, in scientific terms and representing a variety of spiritual traditions, but also make a collective musical statement by the many musicians who have made ecology and peace a part of their artistic work.

Music directors, performers, and all literate accompanists will find it a great resource, as it includes full piano accompaniments, even for rounds. Some arrangements are more elaborate than typically found in hymnbooks or commercial sheet music, and include chord symbols to be universally useful to all musicians. Many songs also include some vocal harmony, so choirs will find a wealth of short-cut choral pieces useful for the weekly production of anthems, and special music, etc.

Songs and Composers Included in the Book by Category:

Activism and Awareness

  • A Song for the Earth – Jim Scott
  • All the World Is Now One – Kay Eskenazi
  • An Enchanted Isle – Jim Scott
  • Building A New Way – Martha Sandefer
  • Earth’s Endless Treasures – Ellen Hansen-Ellis
  • For This We Stand – Jim Scott
  • God Bless the Grass – Malvina Reynolds
  • I Am A Seed of Peace – James Durst
  • I Come and Stand At Every Door – Pete Seeger
  • If I Had a Hammer – Pete Seeger/Lee Hays
  • Keepers of the Flame – Raymond Egan
  • Open  Your Heart to the Song of the Planet
  • Singing for Our Lives – Holly Near
  • Siyahamba – South African/Andres Nyberg
  • This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
  • We Shall Not Be Moved – Trad.
  • What Can I Use Instead – Ann Bailey Roland

Air – Sky

  • A Great Big Breath – Jim Scott
  • Air Moves Us – Anonymous
  • Long Tailfeathers – Native American
  • One Earth, One Sky – Kim Oler
  • Over My Head – Trad. African American

Animals

  • A Place in the Choir – Bill Staines
  • Common Ground – Lins/Winter/ Scott
  • Habitat – Bill Oliver
  • The Friendly Beasts – Trad.
  • The Rainforest Song – Jim Scott

Community in Diversity

  • A Place in the Choir – Bill Staines
  • Calypso Chant – Harry Belefonte
  • Carry The Flame – Patricia Pavey
  • Common Ground – Lins/Winter/ Scott
  • For This We Stand – Jim Scott
  • From You I Receive – Joseph and Nathan Siegel
  • Healing Circle – Julia Hikory
  • I Am A Seed of Peace – James Durst
  • Love is All Around – Ruth Pelham
  • Maisha Ni Safi – Lui Collins
  • One More Circle Round the Sun – Peter Mayer
  • Siyahamba – South African/Andres Nyberg
  • Somos el Barco – Lorre Wyatt
  • Swimming to the Other Side – Pat Humphries
  • This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
  • Under One Sky 
  • Welcome the Traveler Home – John Mc Cutcheon

Earth/ Soil

  • An Enchanted Isle – Jim Scott
  • Morning Glory – Terry Garthwaite
  • Morning Has Broken – Trad./Eleanor Farjeon
  • Rising Green – Carolyn McDade
  • On Holy Ground – Carol Eagleheart
  • Once More the Liberal Year – Whittier/Scott
  • Plant More Than You Harvest – Jim Scott
  • Put Me In the Compost Pile – Stan Slaughter
  • The Blue Green Hills of Earth – Kim Oler
  • The Garden Song – David Mallet

Ecology /Science

  • A Great Big Breath – Jim Scott 
  • A Song for the Earth – Jim Scott
  • Cosmic Stew – Stan Slaughter
  • Garbage – Bill Steele
  • Habitat – Bill Oliver
  • Peace On Earth – Lui Collins
  • Put Me in the Compost Pile – Stan Slaughter
  • The Garden Song – David Mallet
  • The Rainforest Song – Jim Scott
  • What Can I Use Instead – Ann Bailey Roland
  • Where is the Moon – Becky Reardon

Fire – Sun

  • An Enchanted Isle – Jim Scott
  • Calypso Chant – Harry Belefonte
  • Carry the Flame – Patricia Pavey
  • Circle of the Sun – Sally Rogers
  • The Fire of Commitment – Jason Shelton

Fall Equinox

  • Fruit Song, The – Henry Carey/ Kay Eskanazi
  • Harmony – Jim Scott
  • Once More the Liberal Year – Whittier/Scott
  • Put Me in the Compost Pile – Stan Slaughter
  • Season of the Grateful Heart – Jim Scott
  • Taste and See – Betsy Rose

For the Beauty of the Earth

  • The Blue Green Hills of Earth – Kim Oler
  • Earth’s Endless Treasures – Ellen Hansen-Ellis
  • For the Beauty of the Earth – Folliot Pierpont
  • Gently Homeward – Jim Scott
  • Long Tailfeathers/Hey Hey Watanay – Native American    
  • Morning Has Broken – Trad./Eleanor Farjeon
  • Mystery – Jeremy Geffen
  • Love Song for Mother Earth – Mimi Bornstein Doble
  • Oh Great Spirit – Anon 
  • Over My Head – Trad. African American     
  • River – Bill Staines  
  • Taste and See – Betsy Rose
  • The Blue Green Hills of Earth – Kim Oler
  • This Pretty Planet – Tom Chapin
  • World of Wonder – Tom Benjamin

Good Wishes – Blessings – Benedictions

  • An Irish Blessing – Jaie Arianna Livingston
  • Blessed – Lui Collins
  • Blessing – Donna Hebert
  • Carry the Flame – Patricia Pavey
  • Give Yourself to Love – Kate Wolf
  • I Will Shelter You – Jim Scott
  • May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You – Mike Heron
  • May There Always Be Sunshine – Lev Oshanina/Arkadi Ostrovski
  • May Your Life Be As A Song – Trad./Jim Scott
  • On Your Way – Jaie Arrianna Livingston
  • Well May the World Go – Trad./Pete Seeger

Healing

  • Healing Circle – Julia Hikory
  • Gently Homeward – Jim Scott
  • Give Yourself to Love – Kate Wolf
  • I Will Shelter You – Jim Scott
  • Love Will Guide Us – Trad./Sally Rogers
  • Open Your Heart – Mary Grigolia
  • Peace is Flowing Like a River – Trad.
  • Sing it For the Earth in Need – Sue Ribaudo
  • The Great Storm is Over – Bob Franke
  • There’s a Way – Jim Scott

Peace on Earth

  • Building A New Way – Martha Sandefer
  • Common Ground – Lins/Winter/ Scott
  • Far Too Long by Fear Divided – John Andrew Story/Jim Scott
  • Harmony – Jim Scott
  • I Am A Seed of Peace – James Durst
  • Love is All Around – Ruth Pelham
  • Nothing But Peace – Jim Scott
  • One Earth, One Sky – Kim Oler
  • Peace Is – Fred Small
  • Peace is Flowing Like River – Trad.
  • Peace On Earth – Lui Collins
  • Shalom Havayreem – Trad.
  • Vine and Fig Tree – Trad.

Rights of Passage

  • Carry the Flame – Patricia Pavey
  • Circle of the Sun – Sally Rogers
  • Cycle Song of Life – James Durst
  • I Will Shelter You – Jim Scott
  • Give Yourself to Love – Kate Wolf
  • Roots and Wings – Pete and Jason Leary
  • The Great Storm is Over – Bob Franke
  • Welcome the Traveller Home – John Mc Cutcheon

Rounds

  • I Am a Seed of Peace – James Durst
  • Long Tailfeathers/Hey Hey Watanay – Native American
  • Longest Night – Trad./Jim Scott
  • May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You – Mike Heron
  • Oh Great Spirit – Anon
  • Temple Round – Allaudin Mattieu
  • Fruit Song, The – Henry Carey/ Kay Eskanazi
  • This Pretty Planet – Tom Chapin
  • Where is the Moon – Becky Reardon
  • Winter Solstice Round – Becky Reardon
  • Turn the World Around 
  • Gwaza Universe – Nick Page
  • Minuit – Kieta Fodeba
  • (song refrain is a round)
  • I Will Shelter You – Jim Scott
  • Nothing But Peace – Jim Scott
  • May Your Life be as a Song – Trad./Jim Scott

Spirit and Celebration 

  • Ancient Mother – Native American
  • Calypso Chant – Harry Belefonte
  • Common Ground – Lins/Winter/ Scott
  • Disguised As Poetry – Dana Clark
  • Earth’s Endless Treasures – Ellen Hansen-Ellis
  • Gather the Spirit – Jim Scott
  • Harmony – Jim Scott
  • Love Will Guide Us – Trad./Sally Rogers
  • Minuit – Kieta Fodeba
  • Morning Has Broken – Trad./Eleanor Farjeon
  • Morning Glory – Terry Garthwaite
  • Mystery – Jeremy Geffen
  • On Holy Ground – Carol Eagleheart
  • One More Circle Round the Sun – Peter Mayer
  • Over My Head – Trad. African American
  • Peace Is – Fred Small
  • Swimming to the Other Side – Pat Humphries
  • The Great Storm is Over – Bob Franke
  • The Oneness of Everything – Jim Scott
  • We Are One, We Are Many – Rick and Hillary Wagner
  • Ishk Allah Ma Bood – Allaudin Matthieu
  • Wondrous Love – Trad./Jim Scott
  • Wondrous Love – Trad./ Raymond Egan
  • World of Wonder – Tom Benjamin

Spring Equinox

  • Arise Arise – Jim Scott
  • Circle of the Sun – Sally Rogers
  • May the Long Time Sun shine Upon You – Mike Heron
  • Plant More Than You Harvest – Jim Scott
  • The Garden Song – David Mallet
  • World of Wonder – Tom Benjamin

Summer Solstice

  • Arise Arise – Jim Scott
  • Circle of the Sun – Sally Rogers
  • Fruit Song, The – Henry Carey/ Kay Eskanazi
  • May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon You – Mike Heron
  • The Garden Song – David Mallet

The Interdependent Web

  • All the World Is Now One – Kay Eskenazi
  • Air Moves Us – Anonymous
  • Gwaza Universe – Nick Page 
  • Of Time and Rivers Flowing – Pete Seeger
  • River – Bill Staines   
  • Rising Green – Carolyn McDade
  • Taste and See – Betsy Rose
  • The Friendly Beasts – Trad.
  • The Oneness of Everything – Jim Scott     
  • Two Hands Hold the Earth – Sarah Pirtle
  • We Are the Rain and the Rainbow – Cynthia Crossen

Time – And the Turning of the Year

  • All Around the Child – Jim Scott
  • Brief Our Days – J S Bach /Kenneth Patton
  • Circle of the Sun – Sally Rogers
  • Cycle Song of Life – James Durst
  • Fruit Song, The – Henry Carey/ Kay Eskanazi
  • Longest Night – Trad./Jim Scott
  • Minuit – Kieta Fodeba
  • Morning Has Broken – Trad./Eleanor Farjeon
  • Morning Glory – Terry Garthwaite
  • One More Circle Round the Sun – Peter Mayer
  • Once More the Liberal Year – Whittier/Scott
  • Roots and Wings – Pete and Jason Leary
  • Season of the Grateful Heart – Jim Scott
  • Solstice Carol – Jim Scott
  • The Friendly Beasts – Trad.
  • The Garden Song – David Mallet
  • Where Is the Moon – Becky Reardon
  • Winter Solstice Round – Becky Reardon

Water

  • A Song for the Earth – Jim Scott
  • Cycle Song of Life – James Durst
  • Peace is Flowing Like a River – Trad.
  • Somos El Barco – Lorre Wyatt
  • Swimming to the Other side – Pat Humphries
  • The Rainforest Song – Jim Scott
  • We Are the Rain and the Rainbow – Cynthia Crossen

Winter Solstice

  • Longest Night – Trad./Jim Scott
  • Minuit – Kieta Fodeba
  • One More Circle Round the Sun – Peter Mayer
  • Solstice Carol – Jim Scott
  • There’s a Moon Out My Window – Jim Scott
  • Winter Solstice Round – Becky Reardon

Young at Heart – Children and Intergenerational

  • A Great Big Breath – Jim Scott
  • A Place in the Choir – Bill Staines
  • Cosmic Stew – Stan Slaughter
  • Garbage – Bill Steele
  • Habitat – Bill Oliver
  • If I Had A Hammer – Pete Seeger/Lee Hays
  • Love is All Around – Ruth Pelham
  • Maisha Ni Safi – Lui Collins
  • May There Always Be Sunshine – Lev Oshanina/Arkadi Ostrovski
  • Peace On Earth – Lui Collins
  • Plant More then You Harvest
  • Put Me in the Compost Pile – Stan Slaughter
  • Roots and Wings – Pete and Jason Leary
  • Sing It for the Earth in Need – Sue Ribaudo
  • Somos el Barco – Lorre Wyatt
  • The Garden Song – David Mallet
  • The Rainforest Song – Jim Scott
  • There’s A Moon Out My Window – Jim Scott
  • This Pretty Planet – Tom Chapin
  • Under One Sky 

Frequently Asked Questions

The revised, expanded second edition of the Earth and Spirit Songbook now includes111 songs, most of them conducive to group singing.  The subjects range from earth education, social action and justice issues to  earth oriented holidays, the beauty of nature, community, rights of passage and more.  The book was collected and most songs arranged by Jim Scott.  All have literal piano accompaniments as well as chord symbols for improvising instruments. You’ll find notes on the songs and a cross reference of song themes on the website too.

Buying one book does not grant permission to copy.  We ask for an honor system.  The current unofficial opinion is $1 to $2 or more per copy for copying choral music. These are shorter, from one to four pages, so this is a rule of thumb:

If it’s 1 page – $.50;   2 pgs – $.75;   3 pgs $.85;   4pgs $1.00   Thanks in advance for remembering to send those small royalties.  Permission for songs other than Jim’s should go to the composers. Jim doesn’t ask for part of of it and forwards people to the composers themselves. As just one of the perks for having a song in the book, Jim lets composers use his arrangements for their own purposes. Composer contacts are listed in the back of the book.

There are about 50 of the 100+ songs that have some sort of harmony delineated, from rounds to four part SATB (often in the piano part) and sometimes an extra staff or two with vocal harmony.  These are not full choral arrangements, those would take more pages and can’t be made available for this price, but they are good shortcuts for the creative leader.  A list of Jim’s choral arrangements (including some of these songs) is on the website – www.JimScottMusic.com.

The Earth and Spirit Songbook is $25.00, plus $6.00 shipping charge for one; $1 shipping for each additional book.   

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