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Waiting at the checkout line at the market
Waiting to check my groceries
Checkout clerk says “Paper of Plastic?”
I say “No thanks, B.Y.O.B.!”

Bring Your Own Bag, down to the market
Bring Your Own Bag, for your groceries
Bring Your Own Bag, no paper, no plastic
Bring Your Own Bag, save your own trees
Bring Your Own Bag, B.Y.O.B.

Not long ago this paper was standing
Living the life of an old-growth tree
It came down in the flick of a chainsaw
Became bags at the bag fact’ry (Chorus)

This plastic bag is fresh from a fossil
Floundering in a tanker at sea
Destined now to leach in a landfill
It will out-live you and me

Repeat chorus, changing “trees” to “seas”

Clerk, (spoken):
“Thank you. will that be paper or plastic?”

Shopper, (spoken):
“No thank you, I brought my own bag!”

Repeat first verse and chorus with extra lines:
Save energy
Save your own seas


from Have to Have a Habitat, released October 15, 2015



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Bill Oliver Austin, Texas

Bill Oliver: "Environmental Troubadour"

Over twenty years of concerts, campfires, and cafetoriums! Bill's programs are educational and entertaining, engaging and motivating. In schools, National Parks, and river-side celebrations, his songs bring to life the vital issues of Habitat conservation. ... more

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