Stand Beside Us Firm and Strong

tune: “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain”, traditional African-American folk song
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2014
Edited in Nov 2014 – see note at end

Tune HERE

Here we stand for those who face a rising sea
Here we stand for those who face a rising sea
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Here we stand for those who face a rising sea

              Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground
              we can leave fossil fuels in the ground
              We owe it to all nations
              and our younger generation

              to leave Fossil Fuels in the ground

Here we stand for those who fight the forest fires
Here we stand for those who fight the forest fires
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Here we stand for those who fight the forest fires

Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground

Here we stand for Tribal Elders and their rights
Here we stand for Tribal Elders and their rights
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Here we stand for Tribal Elders and their rights

Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground

Here we stand to #StopAdani side by side
Here we stand to #StopAdani side by side
Here we stand to #StopAdani
cos to start that mine is barmy
Here we stand to #StopAdani side by side.

SINGING LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND …

Other potential verses:
Here we stand so people won’t be refugees …
Global climate is a local issue now …
Make the pollies think beyond their 4 year term …

**And a verse for the Laird Forest fight:
Here we stand for sacred sites of Gomeroi,
Here we stand for sacred sites of Gomeroi
Whitehaven disrespected
Every sacred site detected
here we stand for sacred sites of Gomeroi

               Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground

EDIT NOTE

The Chorus used to be:

              We owe it to all nations
              and to future generations
              to leave Fossil Fuels in the ground
Then I read the wonderful website
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/11/06/3589815/guide-to-winning-on-climate-clean-energy/
and adjusted it to reflect the fact that ‘future generations’ gives the impression that the children alive today will not be affected. Wrong!!

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