This song is available on Chris Rawlings' Rocks & Water
Sweet and sour rain
Falling from the sky
The sour is the acid rain
The sweet is alkali
But when acid rain falls day after day
On the lakes and the rivers
And the soil and the clay
There's changes in the water and the forest...
Day after day, year after year
The lakes become acid
And the fish disappear
And we wonder how we got this acid rain...
Coming up the smokestack from your factory
Nickel smelting, steel producing factory
Coming from your car and truck emissions
Coal fired, nuclear plant emissions
Everything burning fossil fuel
Emits hot sulfur as a rule
The sulfur combines with the oxygen
Combines with the water vapour again
Makes sulphuric acid
Sulphuric acid, acid rain, rain, rain, rain, rain
Sometimes the soil is like the sweet rain
Neutralizing the sour again
And helps prevent the damage to the forest...
Sometimes the lakes have sweet water too
Limestone or calcium buffers will do
They help to neutralize the acid rain...
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