Eco-Music Monday: Tower of Power “Only So Much Oil in the Ground”

Here’s the next installment of Eco-Music Monday. Only So Much Oil in the Ground was the lead track

(Source: The Energy Collective)

(Source: The Energy Collective)

on the Urban Renewal album by American R&B-based horn section and band, Tower of Power.

Recorded in 1974 and released in 1975, the song hit the airwaves at the height of the US oil energy crisis, during which Americans experienced skyrocketing prices, shuttered gas stations, and fuel rationing.

Here is a sample of the lyrics:

There’s only so much oil on the ground.
Sooner or later there won’t be much around.
Tell that to your kids while you driving downtown.
That there’s only so much oil on the ground.

The video below is from a live performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2008.

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