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Free Download: Chuck Ragan's Anthem 'Camaraderie of the Commons'

Get the bonus track from the singer-songwriter's latest album

Chuck Ragan
Scott Toepfer
February 27, 2012 12:30 PM ET

Click to listen to Chuck Ragan's 'Camaraderie of the Commons'

Singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan released his latest album, Covering Ground, in September, and has spent considerable time touring in support of the record inspired by two decades on the road. The album's bonus track, the acoustic "Camraderie of the Commons," is a powerful "rally for hope" inspired by Garrett Hardin's term "the tragedy of the commons," Ragan says.

Ragan explains that Hardin's tragedy of the commons referred to a "problem in which a community or group of individuals, living and working independently will eventually extinguish and eliminate a limited common resource."

Though his song "Camraderie of the Commons" was inspired by this idea, Ragan considers it to be a "positive mockery of the term itself."

"The first time I read this term and found the meaning, it stuck with me in a way where I realized that whether we understand the initial outcome of our acts or not, whether we deplete our resources or not, there are common bonds, communities and individuals who truly wish to make a difference in this world within the time that we're here and preserve as much as we're able to for the young ones who'll follow us," he explains. "Even if we as a society have passed the point of no return and at times live in a way that is of detriment to our longevity."

Chuck Ragan's upcoming Revival Tour dates can be viewed here. You can download Chuck Ragan's hidden track "Camraderie of the Commons" for free here.

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