Teach The World
(A tribute to the late Dr. Neil Burnie)

Go Ocean Vet, burn that fossil fuel
Let’s teach the world to be less cruel

Go Ocean Vet, burn that fossil fuel
Let’s teach the world to be less cruel

Mankind is unkind, dumps in the sea
all kinds of plastics, causin’ misery
You planned to reach ‘em and teach ‘em - Stop the insanity
Tellin’ true tales, ‘bout the sharks and the whales

A whale eats ten pounds of plastic to get four pounds of krill
That kind of diet, will quietly kill
You connected, protected, & sang the blues
You tagged & you bragged, & you made the news

Said you’d been eye to eye and right up close
Good times don’t get better than those
Tellin’ true tales – new true tales - ‘bout the sharks and the whales

Go Ocean Vet, burn that fossil fuel
Let’s teach the world to be less cruel

Go Ocean Vet, burn that fossil fuel
Let’s teach the world to be less cruel

Convinced your friends that you were right
Sharks don’t talk, but a satellite might
Where do they go? Do they come back?
The tags they beeped & the monitors tracked

Tellin true tales ‘bout the sharks and the whales
You went eye to eye and right up close
Good times don’t get better than those
Tellin true tales, new true tales, ‘bout the sharks and the whales

Go Ocean Vet, burn that fossil fuel
Let’s teach the world to be less cruel

You went out deep where the Tiger Sharks Swim
You leaned too close and you fell in
(Don’t worry Choy – “that Marlin head’s just a big chew toy”)
And the shark pulling at the chum –“safe unless you’re dead, dyin’, or dumb!”

Yeah, you went eye to eye and nose to nose
You grabbed a fin and off you rode
Into the blue room – gone too soon, Neil, gone too soon

Go Ocean Vet, burn that fossil fuel
Let’s teach the world to be less cruel

You’ll be the Ocean Vet, that they never met - A no-fear, pioneer

Go Ocean Vet, burn in my memories
With your white hair flying, and an ocean breeze.


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