Water In The Coal Seam

tune “Pick a Bale O’ Cotton” (trad.)
recorded by Leadbelly
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon and Kathy Earsman 2011

1. We’re gonna drill down pump up, water in the coal seam,
Drill down pump up, water for the gas,
Drill down pump up, water in the coal seam,
Drill down pump up, water for the gas.

Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas,
Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas.

2. We’re gonna pump down poison water in the coal seam,
Pump down poison water for the gas,
Pump down poison water in the coal seam
Pump down poison water for the gas.

Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas,
Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas.

3. We’re gonna drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ in the coal seam,
Drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ for the gas,
Drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ in the coal seam,
Drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ for the gas.

Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas,
Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas.

4. We’re gonna pump up poison water from the coal seam,
Pump up poison water with the gas,
We’re gonna pump up poison water from the coal seam,
Pump up poison water with the gas.

Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas,
Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas.

5. We’re gonna drill down pump up water for the cattle,
Drill down pump up water for the crops,
Drill down pump up water for the cattle,
Drill down pump up water for the crops.

Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas,
Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas.

6. No more poison, frackin’ in the coal seam,
No more poison, frackin’ for the gas,
No more poison, frackin’ in the coal seam,
No more poison, frackin’ for the gas.

Artesian water for the nation,
Artesian water for the crops,
Artesian water for the nation,
Artesian water for the crops.

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And some more complex verses if you are able to direct it …!
(This one can be sung slowly, reflecting the reduction in water table due to mining’s use of water)

We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the cattle,
We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the crops,
We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the cattle,
We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the crops.

Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the cattle,
Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the crops,
Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the cattle,
Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the crops,

Oh! poison water for the cattle,
Oh! poison water for the crops,
Oh! poison water for the cattle,
Oh! poison water for the crops.

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