Music: “Boxturtle Bob” Chirnside

Lyrics: “Boxturtle Bob” Chirnside and Alfred Hartemink

(First sung at the closing ceremony of the 18th World Congress of Soil Science on 15th July 2006 by International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS))


It is our life! We call it soil

It is the stuff, in which we toil

From soil we’ve sprung, to soil we’ll go

Protect the soil of this earth so we can grow

Verse I

From the podsols beneath snow drifts

To aridisols where few crops live

Soil is as varied, as the rainbow

And is as precious as a rainbow’s pot of gold


Verse II

Some soils are dry, some soils are wet

Some soils are fertile and from them high yields you get

But if you don’t, give to the soil

Then you will not reap a thing for all your toil


Verse III

We study chelates, leachates and porosity

We learn our muck and peat and mineralogy

Some study urban, some study rural

And we can tell just by the smell who’s in manural


Verse IV

Soils are just like, humanity

With yellow, brown, red, black and white, you’ll see

That some are dull, and some are gray

And can fall prey to greed of man that’s our decay


Verse V

A living world beneath our feet

It even lives, beneath our streets

With flora and fauna, so complete

That it can save us from the brownfields of defeat

Chorus (Out)


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