Bris West XR Choir Songs

Facebook link to share with your friends to encourage them to join the choir, learn the songs and come out on the streets to spread the message! The Facebook page will have events and details of practices and Flash Mobs.
https://www.facebook.com/XRChoirBrisbane/?tn-str=k*F

The list so far: and here’s a link to print out your own copy Brisbane Songsheet – big text

1  Dare to Believe
2  The seas are rising
3  Business as usual
4  Power to the People
5  Never Doubt
6   Salt Water
7  A Better Future
8.  We’re standing Here
9.  Message from Mother Earth
10.  Emergency
11.  Dona Nobis the Truth
12.  Climb the Climate Change Challenge


DARE TO BELIEVE Dermot Dorgan

Do you dare to believe in a future,
When we recognise the value of the earth
When we know we must protect
This precious planet from neglect
And we know what every human life is worth?

Do you dare to believe in a future,
When we’ll use the power of wind and wave and sun,
To finally succeed
In meeting every human need
Do you dare to believe it can be done?

Do you dare to believe in a future
When we know our lives are closely intertwined
With every creature that can be
With all the land and all the sea,
Do you believe this is a future we can find?

Do you dare to believe in such a future?
Do you dare to take a stand for this belief?
Will you join us as we strive to find better ways to thrive,
For when we start to live it, it will be. Yes, when we dare to live it, it will be.


 

THE SEAS ARE RISING Dermot Dorgan
Watch a performance in King George Square in Feb 2020

The seas are rising, and the forests burning.
The glaciers melting, and the climate’s turning.

It’s time to put aside our differences
Before our lives are blighted,
And face this climate crisis
As a human race united… repeat united (on second time)


 

BUSINESS AS USUAL – Dermot Dorgan

Business as usual will lead us to disaster
But business as usual is all our leaders know –
Bigger, higher, longer, further, wealthier and faster –
Can’t they see the writing on the wall? The answer’s “No”.

But business as usual makes the fire season longer,
Business as usual intensifies the drought
Business as usual makes the deadly cyclone stronger,
Business as usual makes us raise our voice and shout –

And shouting, we rebel against this road on which we’re led,
We refuse to follow blindly on this grim, ill-fated way,
For we know that there are better, safer ways to move ahead,
And we need to change direction, and we need to start today.


 

POWER TO THE PEOPLE – Call and answer

Power to the people,
People got the power,
Tell me can you feel it?
Getting stronger by the hour.

Call/Response
Power, people, people, power
Power to the people…


 

NEVER DOUBT – Words by Margaret Mead

Never doubt
That a small group of people
Can change the world 0 indeed,
It is the only thing  That ever has
(repeat whole song 3 times)


SALTWATER  by Julian Lennon

We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun
We are a country hurting, rise up as one
So when I hear about the climate denial ……
Saltwater wells in my eyes

We climb the highest mountain, we’ll make the desert bloom
We’re so ingenious we can walk on the moon
But when I hear of how the forests have died ….
Saltwater wells in my eyes

Chorus:
I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough
For the world I know is dying (and now I’m crying)
And time is not a friend
as friends we’re out of time,
and it’s slowly passing by, right before our eyes

We light the deepest ocean, send photographs of mars
We’re so enchanted by how clever we are
Why should one baby be so hungry she cries …..
Saltwater wells in my eyes.

Chorus:
I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough
For the world I love is dying (and now I’m crying)
And time is not a friend
as friends we’re out of time,
and its slowly passing by, right before my eyes

We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun
We are a burning (hurting?) country rebel as one
So when I hear about the climate denial ….
Saltwater wells in my eyes, saltwater wells in my eyes.


 

A BETTER FUTURE to the tune of Bella Ciao

We need to wake up, we need to wise up
We need to open our eyes and do it now, now, now.
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

We’re on a planet that has a problem,
We have to solve it, get involved and do it now, now, now.
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

No point in waiting, or hesitating
We must get wise, take no more lies and do it now, now, now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

Cos there’s a crisis, a climate crisis
We need to wake our leaders up and do it now, now, now
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.

We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.


 

WE’RE STANDING HERE Owly Dave / arr: H. Yeomans.
Hear and learn it, with score for guidance at www.helenyeomans.co.uk/xr/

We’re standing here – for this is an emergency.
We’re standing here – for all that we hold dear.
We’re standing here – for beauty and diversity
and we’re standing in the love that binds us all.

And we demand our government must tell the truth.
And they must act as if the truth is real.
And we demand a Citizen’s Assembly
to urgently create a green new deal.

We’re rising up!
We stand here in rebellion
And we declare that ecocide’s a crime.
In love and rage and peaceful disobedience
The signs are clear  –  We’re running of of time.

We’re standing here – for this is an emergency.
We’re standing here – for all that we hold dear.
We’re standing here – for beauty and diversity
and we’re standing in the love that binds us all.


Message from Mother Earth by Frankie Armstrong

Remember, I give you birth
Remember Mother Earth
Remember, I give you birth
Remember Mother Earth

I am the soil that harbours the seed
I am the crops the good soil yields

I’m the wood, the forest, the trees
I give the buds, take back the leaves

I am the rain, the river, the sea
All creatures born must drink of me

I have been here since time was new
But now I fear what your time may do

You plunder me for coal and oil
Leaving me scarred, leaving me spoiled

You clear the forest, uproot the trees
Poison the air, pollute the seas

Pure air, pure rain, for millions of years
Now on the wind come acid tears

Why can’t you hear, why can’t you see
You kill yourself when you kill me


 

10.  Emergency
11.  Dona Nobis the Truth
12.  Climb the Climate Change Challenge

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