Jim Duke’s songbook for the 2013 ACEER Legacy Award

On September 29th, Jim Duke received the 2013 ACEER (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) Legacy Award. To mark the occasion, we put together a songbook consisting mostly of Jim’s parodies and a few songs by others. We share the songbook with you:

A Flower Child’s Garden of Verses

  2013 ACEER Legacy Award

JIM DUKE

 

The budding ethnobotanist, Jim Duke, with Choco Indians in Darien, Panama circa 1966.
Photo by Dr, Joe Kirkbride

PARADISE LOST- Key of D

Words by Jim Duke sung to the tune of John Prine’s “Paradise”

I PRAISE YOU JOHN PRINE, AND I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND,
IF I MIMIC YOUR SONG, TO HELP THE FOREST ALONG.- CORPORATE US, LIKE YOUR “PARADISE” TELLS
FRIGS UP OUR RIVERS, AND FRACKS UP OUR WELLS

MEANWHILE DOWN IN PERU, THE RAPE IS THERE TOO
POIS’NING THE AMAZON, FOR A NUGGET OR TWO.-
EVEN WHILE I AM SINGING, THE AXEMAN IS SWINGING,
CHOPPIN’ DOWN ALL THAT GREEN, TO PLANT CORN, SQUASH AND BEAN.

DADDY WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO THE PRIMARY FOREST
BY THE AMAZON RIVER WHERE PARADISE LIES? (LAY)
I’M SORRY MY SON, BUT THE FOREST IS GONE!
I’LL SHOW YOU SOME SLIDES, THAT’LL HAVE TO SUFFICE!

OH AXEMAN UNKIND, YOU ARE BLOWING MY MIND!
CAMU-CAMU AND BRAZILNUT, THEY CAN HELP FILL YOUR GUT.
BUT YEAR AFTER YEAR, ONCE THE FOREST IS CLEAR,
YOU’LL HAVE LESS AND LESS FOOD, AND YOU’LL RUN OUT OF WOOD.

NEVER THOUGHT ECOTOURS, COULD BE ONE OF THE CURES;
TAKING “GREEN” BUCKS FROM GRINGOES, GETTING MUD ON THEIR TOES.
IF THE ECOTOURS THRIVE, INDIAN CULTURES SURVIVE,
AND THE CHILDREN WILL STRIVE, TO KEEP TRADITION ALIVE.

MOMMA WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO THE PRIMARY FOREST
ON THE AMAZON RIVER WHERE PARADISE LIES?
I’M SORRY MY DAUGHTER, BUT I DON’T THINK I OUGHTA‘
WE’VE WAITED TOO LONG, NOW THE FOREST IS GONE!

NO PLACE I’D RATHER GO, THAN TO CRUISE ON THE NAPO;
HOPING SOME OF MY PLEAS, KINDA’ HELP SAVE THE TREES.
I’D RATHER YOU’D FIND ME, SUNNIN’ WITH THE TREE HUGGERS
THAN BACK IN DC, ALL ARUNNIN’ FROM MUGGERS!

IT’S QUITE ELEMENT’RY, OUR PRAISE FOR AL GENTRY,
WHOSE CONSERVING CAREER REALLY HELPED AT ACEER.
THE BEST BOTANY BRAIN, WENT DOWN WITH AL’S PLANE,
AND ALTHOUGH HE IS GONE, WE MUST STILL CARRY ON

FROM CUZCO TO JUPITER AND EVEN AT MALIBU
TWO JOHNS BECAME ONE, WHERE ONCE THERE WERE TWO
JOHN WAS THE BRIDEGROOM, OLIVIA THE BRIDE.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE, WHAT AMAZON PRIDE.

Jim Duke receives the award from John Easterling and Olivia Newton John

Jim Duke receives the ACEER award from John Easterling and Olivia Newton John

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La Soga
(parody on Kris Kristofferson’s The Pilgrim: Chapter 33)

He had tasted good and evil in both bedroom and bordello
Trading all of his tomorrows for todays
Pondering where to go, he tripped down to old Loreto
Contemplating those ayahuasca ways.

It was really quite a far cry from New York to old Nanay
From the asphalt that he knew down to Peru
In his search for the divine, he designed to mine the vine
And the throwing up was worth the comin’ down

Yes the throwing up was worth the comin’ down
He’s a poet (he’s a poet), he’s a prophet (he’s a prophet)
He’s a walking contradiction, kinda low when flying high
He’s a brujo,(he’s a brujo) a soguero (a soguero)

With celestial connections, he now navigates the sky. And the throwing up was worth the coming down; And the going up is coming back around!

Handsome, tall and lanky, never crass or cranky,
Coolest greenest man i ever seen.
Had a ball and frankly, lotta grass and hanky panky,
Eating and sipping jungle green

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Brugmansia sp. ~ Toé ~ Angel’s Trumpet is mixed in the brew.

Mixed um all one day, the soga and yage
Boiled um `most ‘away, with three leaves of to-e
Entonces el tome, and he softly flew away,
And the throwing up, was worth the comin down
But the chucking up, relit a brighter day!

He’s a poet (he’s a poet), he’s a prophet (he’s a prophet)
He’s a walking contradiction, kinda low when flying high
He’s a brujo,(he’s a brujo) a soguero (a soguero)
With celestial connections, he now navigates the sky.
And the throwing up was worth the coming down;
And the going up is coming back around!

Jim, the late Frank Cook, who the song was written in memory of, and La Soga

Jim, the late Frank Cook (for whom La Soga was written in memory of) and the vine.

GINSENG (E, with E bass)
Written in China in1978 by Jim Duke

From the bluegrass of Carolina
To the hills of northeast China
I’ve been and I’m going back again
Did I really find the truth
Chinese fountain of youth
The herb that the Chinese call renshen

Makes an older man cocksure
And a younger man endure;
Makes an older woman younger
And a younger woman hunger.
Ginseng, sing gin!
Sing a little thing and swing!
Sing a little thing, ginseng!

Searching for the holy grail
On the Appalachian trail
When I found the herb they call ginseng
Growing deep down in the woods
That’s where I got the goods
The herb that turns the autumn into spring.

Panax-quiquefolius - American ginseng

Panax-quiquefolius – American ginseng

Panax-quiquefolius-American ginseng

Panax-quiquefolius-American ginseng

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HICKORY WIND written by Gram Parsons and Bob Buchanan

In South Carolina there are many tall pines
I remember the oak tree that we used to climb
But now when I’m lonesome, I always pretend
That I’m getting the feel of hickory wind
I started out younger at most everything
All the riches and pleasures, what else could life bring?
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin’ me home, hickory wind

It’s hard to find out that trouble is real
In a far away city, with a far away feel
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin’ me home, hickory wind
Keeps callin’ me home, hickory wind

Jim jams with son John

Jim jams with son John

GET ALONG HOME CINDY traditional
“Not mine at all, but some of my verses, and my changes to chorus” ~Jim Duke
CINDY HAD A GREEN EYE, THE OTHER EYE WAS BROWN
GREEN EYE SEEN THE COUNTRY SIDE, THE OTHER EYE SEEN THE TOWN

GET ALONG HOME HOME CINDY GET ALONG HOME
GET ALONG HOME HOME CINDY SING A SWINGING SONG

CINDY HAS A LONG LEG, THE OTHER LEG WAS SHORT
THE LONG LEG HELD A GALLON, THE OTHER LEG A QUART

CINDY HAD A LITTLE BROWN JUG, THE OTHER JUG WAS WHITE
DRINK THE BROWN JUG BY DAY, THE WHITE JUG BY NIGHT

CINDY HAD A GOOD EAR, THE OTHER EAR WAS TIN,
THE GOOD EAR HEARD DIVINITY, THE BAD ONE ONLY SIN

WISH I HAD A NEEDLE AND THREAD, WISH THAT I COULD SEW
I’D SEW MYSELF TO HER SHIRTTAIL AND DOWN THE ROAD WE’D GO

WISH I WAS AN APPLE, HANGING ON THE TREE
EVER TIME THAT CINDY PASS, SHE’D TAKE A BITE OF ME

I WISH SHE WERE A HORSEFLY AND ME A YOUNG GRAY STUD
I’D LET THAT CINDY BITE ME, AND NIP MY GROWING BUD

THE FIVE-LINED SKINK
(Parody on Burl Ives Blue Tail Fly)

I’LL BETCHA THAT YOU’D NEVER THINK
TODAY YOU`D MEET THE BLUE-TAIL SKINK
BUT I AM TELLIN, I’LL BETCHA HELEN
WILL WINK AND BLINK AND FIND YOUR SKINK.

CHORUS:: Ha, ha, ha; here we be
the blue tail skink and you and me
I’m singing corn, but I don’t care
The skink done gone away

THE SKINK IS AN INSECTIVORE
EATING BUGS AND LITTLE MORE
SHE HELPS KEEP DOWN OUR FLIES AND FLEAS
HELPS CONTROL A LOT OF THESE

BLUE TAIL SKINK HIDIN’ IN THE ROCK
SHE DON’T NEED NO LOLLYPOP
EATING BUGS AND FLEAS AND FLIES
QUICKER’N YOU CAN BAT YOUR EYES

DO YOU THINK A SKINK CAN THINK?
THEN THINK ABOUT THAT TAIL OF BLUE!
SHOULD OUR SNAKE GRAB THAT TAIL OF BLUE
THE SKINK SHEDS IT: “I FOOLED YOU”

DON’T THINK THEY STINK, THE BLUE-TAIL SKINK
CAN CATCH A FLY IN JUST A WINK
MORE THAN MOST FOLK REALLY THINK
WE’D BETTER THANK THE BLUE TAIL SKINK

five-lined skink

five-lined skink

GREEN GARDEN SONG
PARODY ON JAMES TAYLOR’S FIRE AND RAIN lyrics by Jim Duke

The garden’s seen the sun and the garden’s seen the rain
Garden’s lotta fun, sometimes a little pain;
The garden is a soulmate, got a soul unto itself
Can help you resonate, help you get back to health

The garden always smiles but sometimes some plant dies
Some plants last awhile, and some too quickly die
Some flower in the spring, some flower in the fall
Each does its magic thing, to make us all recall

Wrote this song out on the green Don’t know who to send it too
So knowing what I meant to mean Looked up and sang it to the blue
The garden sometimes sings, a million or more things
And the blue sky smiling down, makes a smile out of a frown

We saw you yesterday, but you left us all today
Crying here alone, with you so damn far gone
Your soul still carries on for those of us you’ve known
A big bag of rain, not to see you again.

And our eyes spout the rain, not to hear you again
Chorus: Lord, we’ve known some hard times too
Lots of bad and good, that we’ve been thru
Yes we’ve shared the sunshine and the rain
But I feared I’d not see spring again
Spring always comes again, to dancers in the rain

GREEN IS MY TEMPLE

Went down to the creek,

Acorus calamus - sweetflag in flower

Acorus calamus – sweetflag in flower

Looking for the mystique
grandpa knew
The creek done run dry
And the weeds were knee high
It’s true
that I know;
The sweetflag was green
Jus’ like my daddy seen
years ago.
The goldenseal grew
With a bloodroot or two,
up the slope!
And the ginseng displayed
All its medicine made,
there’s still hope!

OUR WAYS HAVE GONE ‘WAY!

Sanguinaria canadensis - bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis – bloodroot

WHAT PRAYER DO WE PRAY?
IT’S SAD WHAT I SAY!
OUR WAYS HAVE GONE ‘WAY!

THE GREEN IS STILL THERE,
LET GREEN BE OUR PRAYER;
WITH GREEN EVERYWHERE,
`TWILL CLEAN UP THE AIR.

Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal flower

Where cattails were borders
For crystal clear waters
so blue
And the pretty wild flowers
Sorta recharged our powers
renew
Where the cardinal flowers
In hummingbird showers,
so bold
Where the ginsengs conceal
The good goldenseal
so gold

When my thoughts were garbled
The wood thrush sadly warbled
his song.
“Better ponder their plight,
Whippoorwill and bob white,
they’re long gone

Hydrastis canadensis - goldenseal

Hydrastis canadensis – goldenseal

In spite of my prayer,
the hawkmoth gets rarer
each year
Seeking the powers of the nocturnal flowers
so dear
Like ginseng and woodbine,
they’re on the decline.

“It’s really quite simple,
The forest’s our temple
And if you don’t care
That the forest is there,
It will end!”

Jim in the woods of Grandpa Creek

Jim down in the woods of Grandpa Creek

Went down to the river
To cry for my liver,
gone bad!
Just don’t serve a man’s needs;
it’s so sad!

There’s no use to yearnin’
There’ll be no returnin’
unless
We get the big meaning
And start out to cleaning
this mess.

Best we all do our share,

Matteuccia struthiopteris - ostrich fern fiddlehead down by Grandpa's creek

Matteuccia struthiopteris – ostrich fern fiddlehead down by Grandpa’s creek

Show that we really care
For the wood.
Come on my brothers,
Let’s change all the others
For good.

OUR WAYS HAVE GONE ‘WAY!
WHAT PRAYER DO WE PRAY?
IT’S SAD WHAT I SAY!
OUR WAYS HAVE GONE ‘WAY!

THE GREEN IS STILL THERE,
LET GREEN BE OUR PRAYER;
WITH GREEN EVERYWHERE,
TO CLEAN UP OUR AIR.

JACKASS BITTERS (Neurolaena lobata)
(Parody on Columbus Stockade; key of D) (anonpoet, 2,000)

Way down in South Belize
Montezuma brought me to my knees
Way down In Belize city
Germs done got the best of me.

CHORUS: Jackass Bitters to the Rescue
How I really count on you
In my heart, I know you’ll heal me
Modulate my misery

You can try a Bitters Binge,
When Montezuma seeks revenge.
If you sip it like vermouth,
Cures diabetes, that’s the truth

Yeast and lice and all them critters
Kill-em all with Jackass Bitters
And if you are, the feast of yeast,
Jackass bitters kills the beast

If you get lice, in paradise
Old jackass is kinda nice.
Should malaria get you down
Old jackass will bring you ‘round
. . . .Belize, ca 2000

Jackass bitters - Neurolaena lobata

Jackass bitters – Neurolaena lobata

MOUNTAIN DEW
song composed by Bascom Lamar Lunsford.
DOWN THE ROAD HERE FROM ME THERE’S AN OLD HOLLOW TREE, WHERE YOU LAY DOWN A DOLLER OR TWO
GO ROUND THE BEND AND YOU COME BACK AGAIN, FOR A JUG FULL OF MOUNTAIN DEW.
THY CALL IT THE OLD MOUNTAIN DEW, AND THEM THAT REFUSE IT OR FEW,
I’LL HUSH UP MY MUG IF YOU FILL UP MY JUG, WITH THAT GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW
MY UNCLE NORT, HE’S SAWED OFF AND SHORT, MEASURES ABOUT FOUR FOOT TWO
BUT HE ACTS LIKE A GIANT WHEN YOU GIVE HIM A PINT, OF THAT GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW
MY AUNT JUNE BROUGHT SOME BRAND NEW PERFUME, WHICH HAD SUCH A SWEET SMELLING PHEW
TO HER SURPRISE WHEN SHE HAD IT ANALYZED, WEREN’T NOTHING BUT MOUNTAIN DEW

GFG mountain dew prepared by Marc Williams

OLD BAY by an old salt

 the old salt and old bay

the old salt and old bay

HEY HEY; OLD BAY;
CAN YOU REALLY KEEP ARTHRITIS AWAY?
THE SPICES THAT YOU USE ; CAN CURB ALL MY COX’2S
GOOD OLE BOYS, WE CAN REJOICE, IN GOOD OLD BAY.

THE FIRST THING THAT YOU NEED,
IS SOME SALTED CEL’RY SEED.
THEN THE MUSTARD`S CURCUMIN
WITH RED PEPPER’S CAPSAICIN.
CAPSAICIN REALLY ROCKS,
EQUIPOTENT WITH VIOXX,
AND BLACK PEPPER’S PIPERINE
HELPS THE UPTAKE OF CURCUMIN.

AND THE LAUREL IN THE MIX (BAY LEAF THAT IS)

Curcuma longa - turmeric roots

Curcuma longa – turmeric roots

OF COX-2’Is , COUNT THEM, SIX!!!!!!
CLOVES CAN JOIN THEM ALL,
WITH CLOVE OIL OR EUGENOL.
AND THEN THERE’S THE ALLSPICE,
SORTA’ LIKE THE OLD SPICE;
AND GINGER TOPS ‘EM ALL
FOR GINGEROLS AND SHOGAOL.

AND MACE HAS KAEMPFEROL
ALONG WITH EUGENOL;
CARDAMOM AND CINNAMON
CAN STOP THE PAIN AGAIN.
A BIT MILDER AND MEEKER
IS MY FAV’RITE PAPRIKA;
SOME PEOPLE SAY CAYENNE
MIGHT EVEN KEEP YOU THIN.

OLD BAY; PRAY SAY!
CAN YOU REALLY KEEP ARTHRITIS AWAY?
THE SPICES THAT YOU USE CAN CURB ALL MY COX’2S;
GOOD OLE BOYS, WE CAN REJOICE, IN GOOD OLD BAY.

HEY, HEY; OLD BAY
YOU ENRICH MY EVERY LIVIN’ DAY
YOU’RE THE SPICE I ALWAYS USE, IN ALL MY SOUPS AND STEWS
OLD BAY, LET US PRAY, SAVE CHESAPEAKE BAY

 CHESAPEAKE HIDEAWAY
by Jim Duke
IF YOU LIVE DOWN CLOSE TO SHORE

Chesapeake bay

Chesapeake Bay

YOU KNOW ‘BOUT THEM CRABS GALORE
AND YOU PROB’LY HEARD US BOAST
BOUT OUR CHES’PEAKE OYSTER ROAST
AND YOU HAVEN’T HAD A FEAST
‘TIL YOU’VE EATEN CHRISTMAS GEESE
OR ROAST DUCK FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING
WITH OLDBAY FOR CHES’PEAKE LIVING

MOVED AWAY FROM CHES’PEAKE BAY
STILL REGRET IT TO THIS DAY
OLDBAY CRABSOUP RECIPES
OTHER CHES’PEAKE MEMORIES
AND IT HURTS ME EVEN MORE
TO RECALL THE EASTERN SHORE
HUNTIN’ DUCKS WITH GOOD OLE BOYS
WHO HAD CARVED THEIR OWN DECOYS

WHEN I FEEL LIKE I AM LOSIN’

Rudbeckia hirta - black-eyed susan

Rudbeckia hirta – black-eyed susan

I THINK BACK ON BLACK EYED SUSAN
SHE BELONGS, IT’S CLEAR TO SEE
BOTH TO MARYLAND AND ME
BLACK EYED SUSAN’S FLASH OF GOLD
BRINGS BACK TALES I NEVER TOLD
LAZY DAYS IN SUNSHINE WRAPPED
COUNTING CRABS THAT WE HAD TRAPPED

THAT BLACK EYE IN THE MIDDLE
MAKES A GUITAR WANT TO FIDDLE
AND THE GLINT OF GOLD OUTSIDE
FILLS A MAR’LAND MAN WITH PRIDE
WHEN THE ROCKRISH HIT THE RIVER
MAKES A FISHERMAN TO QUIVER
WHEN THE CROPPIES SCOUT THE SHOAL
MAR’LAND MAN, HE LOSE CONTROL

CHORUS: I THANK GOD MOST EV’RY DAY
FOR MY CHES’PEAKE HIDEAWAY
YOU CAN STASH MY MONEY ‘WAY
BUT DON’T TRASH MY CHES’PEAKE BAY.

VITAPHILIA (LOVIN’ LONGEVITY?)

Photo by Dr, Joe Kirkbride, USDA, who crossed from the Atlantic (Boacas del Toro) to the Pacific (Chiriqui) in Panama, with Jim cirra 1966. Joe and Jim survived but a Panama mule carrying part of the collecting gear failed to survive. Many rare specimens were collected and are now preserved at the herbarium at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Photo by Dr, Joe Kirkbride, USDA, who crossed from the Atlantic (Boacas del Toro) to the Pacific (Chiriqui) in Panama, with Jim circa 1966. Joe and Jim survived but a Panama mule carrying part of the collecting gear failed to survive. Many rare specimens were collected and are now preserved at the herbarium at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

I STARTED MY CHARMED LIFE IN ALABAM,
THEN CAROLINA, THEN THE WORLD, NOW MARYLAND
FEW OTHERS ARE AS LUCKY AS I AM.
MY THANKS, I’VE BEEN A LUCKY MAN,

CHORUS: COUNTRY, CLASSIC ALL BELONG
MAKIN MUSIC MANY YEARS
JUST CAN’T SING THIS REAL SAD SONG
MAKES MY EYES CHOKE UP WITH TEARS

MY MOM WAS KINDA SCHIZOPHRENIC
WORRY-WORTING ALL THE DAY
WORRY CAN BE SCHIZOGENIC
BEST TO HIDE YOUR WORRY’S ’WAY

MY CHARMED EXISTENCE ALL THE WAY
THANK HEAVEN’S ALL I WANT TO SAY
FEAR I’VE FORGOTTEN HOW TO PRAY
THANKS TO THOSE ALONG MY WAYWARD WAY

MOM AND GRANMA, THEY LIVED A HUNDRED YEARS
NOT SURE I WANNA LIVE THAT LONG
NOW MY MEM’RIE’S WRESTLIN’ WITH MY TEARS
SADLY SINGING MY SENILE SENIOR SONG

CHORUS: COUNTRY, CLASSIC ALL BELONGcanopy trail explorama
MAKIN MUSIC MANY YEARS
JUST CAN’T SING THIS REAL SAD SONG
MAKES ME SHED TOO DAMNED MANY TEARS

AMAZONIA’S SUCH A SWINGING TURN ON
THANK GOD I TOOK MY GENE POOL THERE
I THANK ACEER, ABC, AND EVERYONE
WITH MY ARDENT AMAZON PRAYER

“MAY AMAZONIA OUTLIVE THE GFG “(GREEN FARMACY GARDEN)
“ MAY ACEER LIVE ON LIKE ABC”
“SAVIN’ AMAZONIA AND ITS MAJESTRY

IMG_0404 rosemary gladstar creme de mentia

Rosemary Gladstar sips on Creme de’ Mentia made with many of the mints  picked out of the Green Farmacy  Garden

CREME DE’ MENTIA
by Jim Duke

NOT SURE I CAN ENDURE IT
ALZHEIMER’S WHAT I GOT
I’D TELL YOU HOW TO CURE IT
BUT YOU GOT IT, I FORGOT

I CANNOT STOOP TO CENSURE
ALCOHOLIC ADVENTURE
CAN IT CLEAN MY DENTURE
AS IT CREAMS MY DEMENTIA

I’VE LONG HAD A ROMANCE, WITH THE HERB OF REMEMBRANCE;
ROSEMARY HELPS OLD TIMERS SLOW ALZHEIMER’S.
JUST SMELLED OR JUST INHALED, IN THE TUB OR IN A RUB,
HELPS THE CHOLINE TO DO IT’S MEM’RY THING.

ANOTHER HERB YOU MUST SEE, IS THE AYURVEDIC TULSI (HOLY BASIL)
IT SMELLS BEST, MUCH BETTER THAN THE REST.
IT PROB’LY WON’T SURPRISE YOU BUT IT’S SACRED TO THE HINDU;
HELPS AMNESIA AND DEMENTIA, ‘TIS QUITE TRUE!

IF YOU WANT YOUR STORMS TO CALM, SNIFF GOOD OLE LEMON BALM
IT SURE BEATS COUNTIN SHEEP TO HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP
CAN INCREASE CEREBRAL CHOLINE, DOIN’ NOTHIN” BUT’ INHALING
CULINARY ADVENTURE, CAN HELP DERAIL DEMENTIA

THE SAGE WILL USE THE SAGE, TO DECELERATE THEIR AGE

Salvia officinalis - sage

Salvia officinalis – sage

AND IT CAN NUMB THE JAWS OF PAINFUL MENOPAUSE
AND HELP TO DRY THE SMILES, OF SALIVATING SENILES
BUT HELPS OLD TIMERS WITH ADVANCING ALZHEIMERS

AND WHILE WE SING OF MINT, LETS PONDER PEPPERMINT
OR WE COULD SEEK THE SCENT, COL. SANDER’S SPEARMINT
MINT JULEP OR MOJITOS, CAN KEEP AWAY MOSQUITOES
THEY TOO HELP TO CHASE, THE CHOLINESTERASE,

LIKE MOST ITALIANOS, I LOVE MY OREGANOS,
THE OIL IT WILL TREAT MOST EVERYTHING
MAKES A PIZZA TASTE MUCH BETTER, MAKES A DRY DREAM SOMEWHAT WETTER
MARJORAM’S BEST IN FACT, TO CURB abETA PLAQUE

IF YOU”RE ROLLIN’ OFF YOUR ROCKER; BEST SEEK abETA-BLOCKERIMG_0831 easiest to read
THEY CAN FIGHT BACK BETA AMYLOID PLAQUE
GINGER, MARJORAM, CURCUMIN, CAN DO AMYLOID IN
GET YOU BACK ON TRACK; TO SURVIVE THE PLAQUE ATTACK

XXX But now my dementia is deflated, alcohol’s contraindicated XXX !!!.

I COME TO THE GARDEN ALONE
Text by: Charles Austin Miles –1913 Public Domain

I come to the garden alone
while the dew is still on the roses,
and the voice I hear falling on my ear,
the Son of God discloses.

Refrain:
And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
and he tells me I am his own;
and the joy we share as we tary there,
none other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of his voice
is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
and the melody that he gave to me
within my heart is ringing.
(Refrain)

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Jim is roasted, toasted, serenaded and serenades:IMG_7839 mark blumenthal cropped

Dr. Roger Mustalish, President of ACEER

Dr. Roger Mustalish, President of ACEER

Howard County Dump with Marcus, Mike, Jim, John, Julia, Josh, Sara and Eric

Howard County Dump with Marcus, Mike, Jim, John, Julia, Josh, Sara and Eric
Jim's brother Dan gives Jim "hell"

Jim’s brother Dan gives Jim “hell”

IMG_7848 peggy susan eric jim ACEER award

Peggy Duke (center) along with Susan (left) enjoy brother Dan’s roast

Celia Larson, Jim's daughter, who traveled three times with Jim to the Amazon.

Celia Larsen, Jim’s daughter, traveled three times with Jim to the Amazon.

Mariashi Band serenades with Jim on bass and Olivia Newton John as the paparazzi

Mariashi Band serenades with Jim on bass and Olivia Newton John as the paparazzi

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OH AXEMAN UNKIND, YOU ARE BLOWING MY MIND!
CAMU-CAMU AND BRAZILNUT, THEY CAN HELP FILL YOUR GUT.
BUT YEAR AFTER YEAR, ONCE THE FOREST IS CLEAR,
YOU’LL HAVE LESS AND LESS FOOD, AND YOU’LL RUN OUT OF WOOD.

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Victoria amazonica, Giant Amazon Water Lily

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MOMMA WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO THE PRIMARY FOREST
ON THE AMAZON RIVER WHERE PARADISE LIES?
I’M SORRY MY DAUGHTER, BUT I DON’T THINK I OUGHTA‘
WE’VE WAITED TOO LONG, NOW THE FOREST IS GONE!

Thanks to Jim Duke and organizations such as ACEER, many of us have been educated on the necessity to keep the Amazon rainforest alive, and it is our hope that the forest will always remain Paradise Found.

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5 Responses to Jim Duke’s songbook for the 2013 ACEER Legacy Award

  1. GreenComfortHerbs . says:

    Thank you for sharing this and congratulations Jim!

    I feel reconnected and part of the circle just seeing the pictures, reading all the songs and telling my daughter the stories. Destiny and I just last night revisited the scrapbook I made 20 years ago when I accompanied Jim to ACEER and roomed with “Sissy”. Destiny had not seen the photos nor her Mom as a much younger woman. She is doing a report on Peru for Spanish and did not know the Amazon ran through it. It was a wonderful education for her. I had just taken the book up to share with Jim last October and Destiny went with me in July. So, the connection just grew stronger. I am passing it down to Destiny. I want her to have a turn going to the ACEER lodge too.

    Great job you all. Keep the good work going! I will see Sara in BLack Mountain this weekend at the Southeast Women’d Herbal Conference. BLessings to all, Teresa

  2. Enjoyed reading all the songs. Some bring back memories. You have accomplished more than I could have dreamed for you.

  3. Rande Nezezon ND says:

    Dr. Duke,

    Congratulations on your Legacy Award! Well deserved!! I appreciate all you do in the field of natural medicine and herbalism and am thankful I met you at a program you presented in Ogdensburg, New York. Stay well and keep up the great work!

    Rande Nezezon

  4. Caroline Edwards says:

    It is a joy to say “Congratulations” to you Jim, on this award! So many talents you have shared with us all: thank you! Best regards always from the Kudzu Queen and Kid in NC.

  5. My brother recommended I might like this web site.

    He used to be entirely right. This post truly made my day.
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