Maleny Carbon Canaries

Started:
January 2014

Located:
Maleny, in the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast, SE Qld

Our approach: get as many people together as possible, sing the songs, have fun and GROW the movement!

Contact:
Jenny Fitzgibbon, phone 0400 38 38 03

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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.

Leave it in the Ground – Dona Nobis Common Sense!

printable version here dona-nobis-no-fossil-fuel-mining-a4

sung as a round

tune “Dona Nobis Pacem” (trad. hymnal)

words by Jenny Fitzgibbon 2011

Tune HERE

PART 1: No more, No More, Fossil Fuel Mining

Leave it, leave it, in the ground

Dona Nobis 1

PART 2: There are no clean green loopholes

Leave it, leave it, in the ground

Dona Nobis 2

PART 3: Climate changes are increasing

Leave it, leave it, in the ground

Dona Nobis 3

(for the timing, each group need to end the word ‘Leave’ at the same time and say ‘it’ as togetherly as possible. This requires reversing the timing on the 5th and 6th bars of parts 2 and 3. This is corrected on the printout.)

Who do You Think You are Kidding Mr. Palmer?

printable version here

tune “Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler” (Dad’s Army)
music by Jimmy Perry and Derek Taverner, lyrics by Jimmy Perry, 1969
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Palmer?
If you think we’re on the run,
We are the ones who will stop yr little game,
We know that coal mining’s scary and insane,

So who do you think you are kidding Mr. Palmer?
If you think you’ve Queensland won?
So watch out Mr. Palmer
You’d best pull up your socks We’ll save you from bad Karma
While saving Bimblebox
So who do you think you are kidding Mr. Palmer?

We’re Using Sunshine

tune “You Are My Sunshine” (Rice Brothers’ Gang)
written by Oliver Hood, 1939
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Tune HERE

We’re using sunshine
Mostly the sunshine
Some wave & wind when skies are grey
Savings colossal
Without a fossil
So switch to the sunshine today

Invest in sunshine
Insist on sunshine
Unplug that thing, skip out and play
Be an outdoor sort
On public transport
And switch to the sunshine today

We burned up fossils
Most of the fossils
Our lungs grew black and skies were grey
Tragically comic
Uneconomic
So switch to the sunshine today

We’re using sunshine
Mostly the sunshine
Some wave & wind when skies are grey
Water gets heated
Big bills defeated
So switch to the sunshine today

Tragedy

original song popularised by The Bee Gees
written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, 1979
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Dodgy Tune HERE

(Solo)
Here I lie
A polar bear on a shard of ice
Held in brine
My melting shelf goes slice by slice
Warming up
The ice can’t take it
Breaking up
And now I cannot
Find a mate, find a mate
Or hibernate, hibernate …

(everyone)
Tragedy
When the ice is gone, and you can’t go on
It’s tragedy
Can’t find a seal when you need a meal
It’s hard to bear
With no food around you
And humans can’t share

Tragedy
The climate’s strange, there’s a polar change
It’s tragedy
The shiny ice keeps the climate nice
Its clean, white face
Hides the dark sea and
Shines heat back to space

Night and day
There’s a burning down inside of us
A burning love
With a yearning that says “Make a fuss”
Out we go
With the caring folk we’re not alone
We’re singing to stop the tragedy, tragedy
For polar bears and you and me

Tragedy
The climate’s strange, there’s a polar change
It’s tragedy
The shiny ice keeps the climate nice
Its clean, white face
Hides the dark sea and
Shines heat back to space

Tragedy
When the ice is gone we
Can’t
Go
On

These Gates Are Made for Lockin’

tune “These Boots are Made for Walkin'” (Nancy Sinatra)
written by Lee Hazelwood, 1966
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2010

1. You keep saying you’ve got energy for me
Something you call safe, but confess,
Gas’ been leakin’ where it shouldn’t be leakin’,
And your fracking poison I don’t call progress.

These gates are made for lockin’,
And that’s just what they’ll do
All over this State these gates
Are gonna lock in front of you.

2. You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin’,
and you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet,
You been gamblin’ with our Great Artesian,
Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet.

These gates are made for lockin’,
And that’s just what they’ll do
All over this State these gates
Are gonna lock in front of you.

3. You keep frackin’ where you shouldn’t be frackin’,
You keep thinkin’ that you ́ll never get burnt.
Ha! Well I saw a kitchen tap lit up with matches, yeah
And you corporations, now’s your time to learn.

These gates are made for lockin’,
And that’s just what they’ll do
All over this State these gates
Are gonna lock in front of you.

To end – Are you ready gates? Start lockin’!

Renewables Are All About

tune “The Hokey Pokey” (or hokey cokey), trad.
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Tune HERE

1. Put more investment in
Send incentives out
In, out, in, out
Spread them all about
It’s not hocus pocus, Just turn it on
Renewables are all about

Oh, it’s not hocus pocus!
If only the government would focus
Fossil fuels they nearly broke us
Renewables are all about

2. You put your solar up
Switch the savings on
Up, on, up, on
The roof where it belongs
It’s not hocus pocus, just turn it on
Renewables are all about.

Oh, it’s not hocus pocus!
If only the government would focus
Fossil fuels they nearly broke us
Renewables are all about

3. More wind power in
Is less carbon out
In, out, in, out
Together we will shout
It’s not hocus pocus, just turn it on
Renewables are all about.

Oh, it’s not hocus pocus!
If only the government would focus
Fossil fuels they nearly broke us
Renewables are all about

I’m a Believer

printable version here

original words and music by Neil Diamond, 1966 made famous by The Monkees parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Tune HERE
I thought climate change was just a fairy tale
Meant for someone else but not for me,
Carbon out to get me,
What a nasty dream,
Spoiling all my luxury schemes.

That I could not face, so I’m a denier,
There’s just a trace of doubt in my mind,
But I’m in fear Ooh Ooh I’m a denier,
Full of desire to stay blind.

I thought seasons used to be a given thing,
Spring was cool and summer not too hot,
But there’s extremes of hot and cold now,
WIld  cyclones are a pain,
When the farmers need the sunshine they get rain.

So the facts I face, now I’m a believer,
Not a trace of doubt in my mind,
Earth’s climate changed, oo oo
I’m a believer, We can save her if we try.

(Tony won’t hear facts, says he’s a denier,
Scrap the carbon tax, he’s out of his mind,
And his mining mates, ooh ooh rich deniers,
with lobbyist liars, highly paid.)

But there’s extremes of hot and cold now,
WIld cyclones are a pain,
When the farmers need the sunshine they get rain.
So the facts I face, now I’m a believer,
Not a trace of doubt in my mind,
Earth’s climate changed, ooh ooh I’m a believer,

We can save her if we try.

Dough For Me

printable version here

tune: “Do-Re-Mi” (The Sound of Music)
music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II,
Source: Gas Free Hymn Book, Northern Rivers Campaign

Tune HERE

Let’s start at the very beginning
The very best place to start
When you read you begin with ABC,
When you mine you begin with
‘Dough for me’, ‘Dough for me’
The very first thoughts just happen to be ‘Dough for me’

(Spoken ) “let’s see if I can make it easier …”

Dough for those already rich,
Rai-sing toxins in the air,
Me-aning we will suffer too,
Far or near no matter where,
So persistent is the risk,
La-sting on and on and on,
Tee-tering on the edge of doom,
So the rich can have more
Dough, dough, dough, dough