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(Applause)

Thank you.

(Music)

♫ Slide into the shimmering surface ♫ ♫ between two worlds. ♫

♫ Standing at the center of time ♫ ♫ as it uncurls. ♫

♫ Cutting through the veil of illusion. ♫

♫ Moving beyond past conclusions. ♫

♫ Wondering if all my doubt and confusion will clear. ♫

♫ If I could be anywhere, ♫ ♫ if I could be anywhere, ♫

♫ if I could be anywhere right now, ♫ ♫ I would want to be here. ♫

♫ Searching for the future ♫ ♫ among the things we're throwing away. ♫

♫ Trying to see the world ♫ ♫ through the junk we produce everyday. ♫

♫ They say nothing lasts forever, ♫ ♫ but all the plastic ever made is still here. ♫

♫ And no amount of closing our eyes ♫ ♫ will make it disappear. ♫

♫ If I could be anywhere, ♫ ♫ if I could be anywhere, ♫

♫ if I could be anywhere in history, ♫ ♫ I would want to be here. ♫

♫ The Romans, the Spanish ♫ ♫ the British, the Dutch, ♫

♫ American exceptionalism, so out of touch. ♫

♫ The folly of empire repeating its course, ♫ ♫ imposing its will ♫ ♫ and ruling by force ♫ ♫ on and on through time. ♫

♫ But the world can't take it very much longer. ♫

♫ We're not going to make it ♫ ♫ unless we're smarter and stronger. ♫

♫ The world is going to shake itself free of our greed ♫ ♫ somehow. ♫

♫ If I could be anywhere, ♫ ♫ if I could be anywhere in time, ♫

♫ if I could be anywhere and change things, ♫ ♫ it would have to be now. ♫

♫ They say nothing last forever, ♫ ♫ but all the plastic ever made is still here. ♫

♫ And no amount of closing our eyes ♫ ♫ will make it disappear. ♫

♫ And the world can't take it ♫ ♫ very much longer. ♫

♫ We're not going to make it ♫ ♫ unless we're smarter and stronger. ♫

♫ The world's gonna shake itself free of our greed ♫ ♫ somehow. ♫

♫ And the world can't take it, that you can see. ♫

♫ If the oceans don't make it, neither will we. ♫

♫ The world's gonna shake itself all the way free ♫ ♫ somehow. ♫

♫ If I could be anywhere, ♫ ♫ if I could be anywhere in time, ♫

♫ if I could be anywhere and change the outcome, ♫ ♫ it would have to be now. ♫

(Applause)

Thank you.

(Applause)

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 6 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: TEDTalks
Director: TED.com
Views: 177
Posted by: tedtalks on Apr 12, 2011

At TEDxGPGP, Jackson Browne plays a song he started writing last April aboard Mission Blue Voyage, the Sylvia Earle-inspired trip to brainstorm ways to save the ocean. "If I could be anywhere," he sings, "anywhere right now, I would be here."

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