Nature is a major theme in many songs, so I thought that it would be appropriate on Earth Day to examine some songs that really stress the importance of embracing and noticing the wonders in nature that we sometimes miss. Here’s a look at some songs that definitely use nature as a key part to their overall meaning. “Big Yellow Taxi”-Counting Crows. This is probably the most applicable song for Earth Day about destroying nature. The lyrics “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot” are perfect describe the way that people are so obsessed with developing everything that they don’t realize that what they’re destroying may never grow back. “Take Me Home Country Roads”- John Denver. This John Denver song really embraces the beauty of nature. His memories are directly linked to the nature that he experienced growing up, and he wants to return to this serenity and the country roads. “Fields of Gold”-Sting. This song is great to express the beauty of nature because it shows two people falling in love as they bask in the fields of gold. The memory of the love is directly linked to the existence of the nature and the wind. This is also a very pleasant memory for the subjects of the song, so it makes nature something that desirable to get back to. “Mr. Blue Sky”- ELO. I think that this song is good for Earth Day because it’s really about celebrating the sun and the sky, and with pollution, these are two things that people can really take for granted. The air is one of people’s biggest resources, and to have a clear, sunny day is a pleasure that everyone can enjoy. “Solsbury Hill”- Peter Gabriel. In this song, the hill and nature allow the subject to see the whole expanse of the city, and it’s also in nature that he has this experience where he hears a voice. Also as the character stands on Solsbury Hill the time stood still, which sort of signifies the way that nature can have a magical quality when you embrace it to its full extent. “What a Wonderful World”- Louis Armstrong. This song is very specific in expressing certain parts of nature that the singer is seeing, and he is really able to point out some of the things that people see daily but may not always appreciate because they’re just there. “What a Wonderful World” really promotes the idea that there are many things in nature the go in to making up the world that we enjoy.