John and Jan are Darby, PA residents who have a great interest in history, music, and the environment. As former co-presidents of the Darby Creek Valley Association, they have a great concern for various issues affecting water quality in the creek, which flows from Chester County into the Delaware River at Tinicum, south of the Philadelphia International Airport. To help publicize the problems of stormwater runoff and promote better stormwater management, they have written new lyrics to a number of popular songs, which they have graciously allowed me to post below. Please be aware that all lyrics are Copyright © 2010 by John Haigis.
To see a slideshow of images of Darby Creek (looking pretty and gentle as well as mean and overflowing), over which Jan and John sing a couple of their stormwater songs, click here, or see the embedded YouTube video below.
To learn more about John and Jan and their
work, to hear more samples of their
The History of Philadelphia's Watersheds and Sewers
Compiled by Adam Levine
Philadelphia Water Department
Tune: Ive Been Working on the Railroad
Keep your water on your property
It wont overwhelm the storm drains
Water gotta flow, water gotta flow
And we can see how we can help it go
Tune: Goober Peas
To help with global warming there is a simple tool
Trees start out from seedlings, they are so very small
Tune: My Favorite Things from "Sound of Music"
Basins retentive and surfaces pervious
Drains that can handle the loads that they're carrying
But with run off--and when drains clog
Consider the things, you do
Dont let paper trash or anti-freeze or motor-oil
Consider the earth, your home