‘Canvas Bags’ – a fun song and video from Tim Minchin. This was posted back in 2011 but it’s still just as relevant today.

This song reminds us that we, the consumers, have the ability to change everything. All we have to do is refuse to use conventional plastics and the world will change. It will have to. One way for us to do this is to simply stop using plastic for carry bags, and refusing it when anyone in a shop offers us a plastic shopping bag.

I love the theatre and irreverence that Tim Minchin brings to this topic through this song. It simultaneously bears an important message and is a lot of fun.

Canvas Bags – Full Transcript

Take your canvas bags
When you go
To the supermarket
Why use plastic ones when you know
You know the world can’t take it

Take your canvas bags
When you go
To the supermarket market market yeah yeah
Don’t you use those plastic ones
No, no, no
Don’t you know that you’ll feel better for it

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
To the supermarket

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
To the supermarket

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take ya canvas bags
To the supermarket

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take ya canvas bags
To the supermarket

canvas bagsBreak it down
Take your canvas, take your canvas, take your canvas bags to the supermarket
All the ladies in the house come on and let me hear you say ‘canvas’
All the fellas in the house come on and let me hear you say ‘bags’

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags to the supermarket

Just think about the world
And how the world would be fantastic
If we could get rid of all the plastic
We just need to get enthusiastic
Organise a competition, gymnastic
Or a bag-making comp at your school
Fuck it, make it interscholastic
Canvas is for everyone
Whether you be rebellious and iconoclastic
Or conservative or ecclesiastic
I don’t care if you’re loud and bombastic
Or quiet or virtually monastic
Sober or on the floor spastic
A yoga master or completely inelastic
I’m not trying to be ironic or sarcastic
Do something drastic
To rid the world of plastic

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags… yeah, yeah, yeah…

Take your… hand clap you bastards, yes, yes, sing-along if you’ve figured out the words, keep it going folks

[Tim runs off stage and gets a fan to create a wind effect]

Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags
Take your canvas bags to the – Supermarket