Hear It First: Michael Franti’s ‘Earth From Outer Space (Acoustic)’

·Senior Editor

It’s about time Earth Day had an anthem. Singer, songwriter, and activist Michael Franti has recorded “Earth From Outer Space,” a beautiful ode to the planet released just in time for the national celebration of the environment on April 22.

Hear an acoustic version of the song exclusively on Yahoo Music.

In the song Franti ponders how the heavily body might be perceived from outer space. He sings, “Would I see a hit list of species that are gone/Or would I be a witness to the world droppin’ bombs?”

His bottom line is to take better care of planet. The song appears on his Buy This Fracking Album set to be released on June 6. The title is a reference to hydraulic fracking, the controversial process of drilling to recover gas and oil from shale rock. “As the title infers, it’s an album that’s all dedicated to stopping fracking an the harmful effects that it does to our drinking water all across the country and around the world,” Franti says in a video statement.

The two-disc, 24-track benefit compilation features collaborations with Bonnie Raitt, Marco Benevento, the Indigo Girls, Pete Seeger, Meshell Ndegeocello, John Butler Trio, Anti-Flag, and others.

Follow Billy Johnson Jr. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Vine