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This Good War

by Jen Schaffer and The Shiners

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This Good War is our latest Shiner song, inspired by longtime friend and Shiner fan, Seth Klein, and his climate emergency book, A Good War, whose premise is that we should mobilize with speed and effectiveness to face the latest existential crisis, this time environmental, as we did in the 1940s with the Second World War.

Seth challenged me back in January of 2021 to write an inspiring and uplifting climate emergency song… so we took up the gauntlet to create an invigorating musical call to arms. All Shiner hands were on deck for this one, including lyrically.

The result - This Good War - was recorded in Toronto, Canada during the Summer of 2021, otherwise known as the Summer of even more extreme weather (BC fires and Hurricane Ida floods) and the Delta variant.

So this song is released with hope on September 13th, 2021 - a week before the federal election in Canada, where we can put political feet to the climate fire in the voting booth!

For more information about the accompanying movement to mobilize Canada for the climate emergency, see the Climate Emergency Unit. 
www.climateemergencyunit.ca

The accompanying image, done by Tegan Armstrong and Luke Donovan, is a contemporary riff on the 1940s Canadian World War II propaganda poster, Attack on All Fronts. This award-winning poster by freelance illustrator Hubert Rogers depicts a soldier with a machine gun, an industrial worker with a rivet gun, and a woman with a hoe. Apparently equating female agricultural workers and riveters with soldiers was an attempt to persuade would-be enlistees that home front work was just as valuable as soldiering. In the climate crisis war, all work towards real environmental sustainability is valuable and necessary, including artistic protest. 

lyrics

You can be the one with
your head in the sand
Or you can be a guardian
of our children’s land

Think that all the answers
Will smack you in the face
Before you hit the ground
Their goes the human race

Now’s the chance
Win this good war
Join the dance
Bold and brave
Turn the tide
And ride that wave

You can be the one
with head in sand
Or you can be a guardian
Protecting the path
To our children’s land
Sustain this Earth we’re given

Halve our human hubris in
ten years - no more
To overcome the odds
We’ll have to go to war

So call up all the reserves
All hands on deck
there’s no more sitting back
We all must take this trek

‘Cause
Now’s the chance
To win this good war
Join the dance
Bold and brave
Turn the tide
And ride that wave

You can be the one
with head in sand
Or you can be a guardian
Protecting the path
To our children’s land
Sustain this Earth we’re given

Mixi the mud with mangroves
A sword and shield
Cultivate the coastline
A Green New Deal

This is not a change
It’s an emergency
The biomes will rebirth
If there is urgency


So now’s the chance
To win this good war
Join the dance
Bold and brave
Turn the tide
And ride that wave

You can be the one
with head in sand
Or you can be a guardian
Protecting the path
To our children’s land
Sustain this Earth we’re given
Sustain this Earth we’re given
Sustain this Earth we’re given

credits

released September 13, 2021
This Good War
Jen Schaffer and the Shiners

Jennifer Schaffer - Words, Music, Guitar, Vocals
Simon Law - Words, Music, BG Vocals, Producer, Arranger, Recorder, Percussion
Astrid Foster - Words. Bass, BG Vocals
John Teshima - Words. Guitar, BG Voclas
Jonathan Marks - Words. BG Vocals
Emmanuel Szeptycki - Violin String Section

The art work is by the talented team of Tegan Armstrong and Luke Donovan - music video pending.

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Jen Schaffer and The Shiners Toronto, Ontario

Jen Schaffer is a Montreal-born, former Ohio and now Toronto resident singer-songwriter. Jen has honed her own brand of original soulful acoustic roots music with the help of her dedicated band and collaborators, The Shiners - Simon Law (a.k.a. The Funky Ginger), Astrid Foster, John T, and Jonathan Marks. ... more

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