In 1991, Julian Lennon had success with the song Saltwater, from his fourth studio album, Help Yourself. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Saltwater’s release, and to mark the occasion, Lennon has rerecorded and released a new version, accompanied by a new video.
The song focusses on environmental damage, about hunger and a dying planet – the expense affected by technological, corporate and financial advancements, blinded by greed. In the early 21st century, with large lumps of plastic float about the oceans, killing off marine life, indigenous peoples suffering as their lands are exploited for oil, the air choked with pollution and the planet’s temperature heating up as we effectively move into the Anthropocene, Saltwater, as Lennon has stated himself on social media, is more relevant than ever.
And he is someone who is dedicated to helping the planet as much as he can and runs his own charitable organization, The White Feather Foundation, which supports a number of causes from clean water, indigenous rights, environmental protection and The Cynthia Lennon Scholarship for Girls. Part of his earnings from his music and photography go towards the Foundation, which also provides support for natural disasters, such as the recent earthquake in Haiti. Proceeds from Saltwater 25 will also go towards The White Feather Foundation.
Saltwater 25 can be downloaded from the Julian Lennon website. It is also available, with the new video below, as part of a new app on Google Play and iTunes.