Stay Green


A short reflection on the blessing of our precious planet Earth from a child’s perspective. Unison (opt. 2- or 3-part) children’s voices, piano.



Kallman Creates Publications, Composer Daniel Kallman Kallman Creates Publications

Unison (opt. 2- or 3-part) children’s voices, piano. Duration: 1’00”


(Northfield Youth Choirs, Northfield, MN; Cora Scholz conducting.)



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Composer’s Notes

Cora Scholz (my first piano teacher in 1961!) co-founded the Northfield Youth Choirs with Judy Bond in 1986. In 2004, Cora asked Christine and I to compose a song addressing children and the environment, for possible use by the choir as a sixty-second radio spot.

There will always be children.
But will there always be wide green spaces to run?
Will rain and sun fall down in equal measure?
Can we preserve earth’s treasure?
Stay green, living planet, stay green.
All creatures seen and those too small to see,
We need you all.
Each thing we use to grow
Is nestled in your arms.
Sweet earth, stay green.

Be gentle with the earth.
It contains everything you love.

—Christine Kallman