Olduvai Gorge

Oldivai Gorge landscape

Above: The sweeping landscape of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, in eastern Africa.

 

Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world with research spanning over eight decades. It has yielded important evidence for human evolution over the past two million years. The Stone Age Institute is currently conducting research at Olduvai.


1.

Drive from Arusha
Past Lake Manyara
Climb the escarpment
Straight through to Keratu
Ngorongoro Highland

To Olduvai
Cradle of Humankind

2.

The great Serengeti
Three hundred-foot canyon
Time stacked in strata
Two million year history
Creatures now long gone

At Olduvai
Cradle of humankind

CHORUS
Over and over and over again
Lake level rose and
the lake level fell
Over and over and over again
Volcanoes erupted and
blanketed ash

Olduvai Gorge
I can hear the fossils calling
Olduvai Gorge
I can see the stone tools sparkling

 


Nick sings and plays guitar for "Olduvai Gorge", video filmed at Olduvai Gorge.

"Olduvai Gorge"

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"Olduvai Gorge"Ā© 2013. Music and Lyrics by Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick, THE STONE AGE INSTITUTEĀ®. All rights reserved.

Vocals:
Carrie Newcomer

Guitars:
Nicholas Toth

Bass:
Nicholas Toth

Drums, Percussion:
Tom Schoenemann

Percussion:
Kathy Schick

Engineer:
Kevin Loyal

Recording at Echo Park Studio, Bloomington
© 2013, THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®.

3.

Shovel-tusked elephant
Saber-toothed lion
Giant horned buffalo
Monstrous crocodile
Extinct forms of hominid

At Olduvai
Cradle of Humankind

4.

Places we once knew
Stone sources we once used
Fears that we once shared
Dreams that we once dared
In our African homeland

At Olduvai
Cradle of Humankind

CHORUS
Over and over and over again
Lake level rose and
the lake level fell
Over and over and over again
Volcanoes erupted and
blanketed ash
Over and over and over again
The animals died and
became fossil bone
Over and over and over again
The industries changed
that were made out of stone

Olduvai Gorge
I can hear the fossils calling
Olduvai Gorge
I can see the stone tools sparkling