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Gardening is Awesome

This music video idea was conceived, written, and performed by many of the City Green high school interns in the 2013 Growing Strong Summer Program. It was filmed at the learning garden at East Side Park in Paterson, NJ, and was made to promote healthy eating in urban areas.

The song is a parody of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop."

Lyrics:

What, what, what, what... [repeated many times]

Bada, badada, badada, bada... [x9]

[Hook:]
I'm bout to plant some seeds,
I got a bunch of seeds in my pocket
I- I- I'm planting, lookin for a harvest
Gardening is awesome
Nah, Walk up to the bed like, "What up? I got a water can!"
But it's so hot, I really think I need a fan.
Look at this bed it's so dang weedy,
gotta pull em up before they get too greedy.
Reach on in elbow deep, Pulling out those angry weeds Dressed in lime green,
cept my leader's shirts-- they're not green.
Lavender: it really stinks. Al standin' next to me,
Prolly should've watched out—
Man, look at all these bees- Bzzzzzzz
But, shoot, we can head to the tents!
Bite it. Cuppin' it, washin' it, 'bout to go and get some compliments.
Helping out all of the novices.
No one else's been talkin' to em
'bout plants and farming, gardening.
I am teaching and tossing some veggies to em
& I really happy—Watch out for that Ditch! (Niyah)

Imma take your garden style
Imma take your garden style
No, for real, ask your counselor- can I have his overalls? Thank you (Erika)
Don't come down with a whole lot of jitters
You sure will meet a variety of critters
We had a broken farm gate
We fixed a broken farm gate
I brought a big bucket, then I brought a red cape
Hello, hello, my peach girl, my fellow
John Deere ain't got nothing on my career fo' sho'!
I could take some peppers,
make them cool, sell those
The farmers even be like,
"Aw, we need the water hose"
[Hook 2x:]
I'm bout to plant some seeds,
I got a bunch of seeds in my pocket
I- I- I'm planting, lookin for a harvest
Gardening is awesome
What you know bout plantin' a beet in your garden
What you know bout sellin food at a bargain
I'm digging, I'm digging,
I'm searching right through that garbage
One man's trash, that's another man's compost
Thank your granddad for donating that nice heirloom- squash seed
Cause right now I'm lookin to feed
I'm at the market, you can find me by the eggplant
I'm not, I'm not sick of searchin' for those new trans-plants
Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy
I'll take that fragrant, purple hissop, off the plant,
I'll rock that in my hot tea
I picked a mint lead and I crushed it in my hot tea
I pick the berries and I drop them in my hot tea
They be like, "Oh, those nuggets look really good"
I'm like, "Yo that's from ammonia and some pink slime"
Corn's pesticide ridden, let's do some simple addition
Getting cancer from Monsanto is not on my "To-Do" list, Son
I call that getting lied to and tricked, Son
I call that getting poisoned by a business
But it's not much dough
but getting sick's not a chance I would take on a GMO.
City Green! Come take a look at the taters grow
Tryna bag it up for the farmers cuz they need the dough.
Man, they need the dough

One Team ... City Green... yeah!
[Hook:]
I'm bout to plant some seeds,
I got a bunch of seeds in my pocket
I- I- I'm planting, lookin for a harvest
Gardening is awesome
[Bridge:]
I grew these tomatoes,
They taste incredible
Look how the salsa flows
From the garden down the road
I grew these tomatoes, (darn right)
They taste incredible (come on)
Look how the salsa flows (salsa flows!)
From the garden down the road (let's go)

[Hook:]
I'm bout to plant some seeds,
I got a bunch of seeds in my pocket
I- I- I'm planting, lookin for a harvest
Gardening is awesome

"Is that City Green's garden?"

Gardening is Awesome
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City Green - 2011 Slideshow
City Green - 2011 Then & Now Presentation
Cablevision segment featuring City Green
City Green - 2010 Slideshow
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