We will, we will stop you, Adani

This was a great song that appeared for the Westpac Action on Feb 20th 2017

i have updated it since Westpac bowed to public pressure and said they wouldn’t fund it – yay!

We Will Stop You – Queen

(To the tune/beat of We Will Rock You. by Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen. Dunno who did this great reworking – if you do let me know)
Bold words are sung on the beat.

Intro: eight bars of “dum dum chh” beat. For dance moves, this translates to right/left stomps on beats one and two, followed by a clap on the third and nothing on the fourth.

Adani don’t go diging new coal /

Don’t you know it’s a very bad plan these days /

We’ll get on your case, in-vade your space

Waving our banners all over the place

We will, we will stop you, A-da-ni

 

(OR   Stop, Stop, Stop, Stop, Adani.)

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Westpac (or CommBank), Y Dig Up Coal?

Original Song by Jack Moralis and Victor Willis and sung by Village People
Parody words by Jenny Fitzgibbon & Dermot Dorgan and sung by Solar Village People all over Australia – fingers crossed – on Feb 20th 2017

Recording with vocal HERE
Blank Backing Track HERE

Dance to learn so you can all Flash Mob and have FUN!!  HERE

Songsheet for Printing westpac-y-dig-up-coal-by-solar-village-people

If you want to sing this song to Adani without mentioning banks, go to the song “Adani, Y Dig Up Coal” that is on the song list. To sing it to CommBank, just replace the word Westpac, with CommBank. But dammit – none of the other big bank names scan well. I’ll have to write a whole new song! Grrrr.

Westpac, There’s no need to dig coal
We say, Westpac, and leave a poisonous hole
We say, Westpac, with farmers paying the toll
We must leave it in the ground and
Westpac, renewable we will go
We say, Westpac, it will cost us less dough
Coal can stay there, and I’m sure we will find
Climate change re-duced just in time       So-lar and the wind!

Chorus
With sun to spare we say – Why Dig Up Coal    x2
With renewable pow’r from the wind and the sun
Enough – for everyone
With sun to spare we say – Why Dig Up Coal    x2
You can invest in what’s real, get a much better deal
How fabulous will you feel?

Westpac, are you ready to see
We say Westpac, investors want you to be
We say Westpac, funding green energy
And you got to know this one thing
Westpac, If you pledge it today
We say Westpac your customers they will stay
And they’ll thank you, because Why Dig Up Coal
When re-new-a-ble is the goal                   So-lar and the wind!

Chorus ….

Westpac – there’s a fact you should know
We say Westpac, tribal elders say “no”
We say Westpac, so with Carmichael coal
We must leave it in the ground and
Westpac, it’s Aboriginal land
We say Westpac, keep your cash in your hand
We say Westpac, don’t let your assets get stran-
-ded when all the world goes solar               So-lar and the wind!
Chorus ….

Advance Australia’s Air!

Advance Australia’s Air

From the Gas Free Hymn Book – it’s to a fairly well-known air 🙂

 

Australians all let us give voice against the CSG

For Gold they’ll spoil our precious soil, our water air and sea

Our land abounds in natures’ gifts of beauty rich and rare

They’ll hear our rage and leave the stage before they wreck our air

In joyful strains then let us sing advance Australia fair

 

Methane extraction’s made us cross; we’ll toil with hearts and hands

To keep this common Health of ours before they spoil our land

They take the gas across the sea, to raise their profit share

With courage let us all combine and block them every where

In joyful strains then let us sing advance Australia fair

No Coal Seam Gas – 3 Blind Mice

other words to 3 Blind Mice …
Best not to start too quickly!

Coal Seam Gas, Coal Seam Gas
Bad for everyone, Bad for everyone
There’s all that fracking, and leaking is rife
They poison the water and give farmers strife
It won’t happen here while my body has life
No Coal Seam Gas

Coal Seam Gas, Coal Seam Gas
Worth making a fuss, worth making a fuss
With weak regulations and lies and spin
Where profits abound, Paid lobbyists win
Is this a democ-cracy we live in?
No Coal Seam Gas

And one for the Great Barrier Reef:

The Great Barrier Reef, the Great barrier Reef
Loved by everyone, loved by everyone
Now coal mining, dredging and run-off is rife,
With warming, the fish and the coral in strife
If you take a stand for one thing in your life
The Great Barrier Reef

Rounds can be handy…

Using rounds can add variety and harmony to a song at a rally …

David Pizza the Poet handed me these rounds after a Carbon Canaries Workshop at Woodford.: (Row, row, row your boat and London’s Burning)

Rows and rows of solar farms
Coming all on-stream
Merrily fighting climate change
No it’s not a dream!

and

Planet’s burning, Planet’s burning
Fix the Engine, Fix the Engine
Solar Power! Solar Power!
Yes we oughta, Yes we oughta!

There’s also The Simple Life (three blind mice) and Dona Nobis Common Sense

Also other words to 3 Blind Mice …

Coal Seam Gas, Coal Seam Gas
Bad for everyone, Bad for everyone
There’s all that fracking, and leaking is rife
They poison the water and give farmers strife
It won’t happen here while my body has life
No Coal Seam Gas

Coal Seam Gas, Coal Seam Gas
Worth making a fuss, worth making a fuss
With weak regulations and lies and spin
Where profits abound, Paid lobbyists win
Is this a democ-cracy we live in?
No Coal Seam Gas

The Great Barrier Reef, the Great barrier Reef
Loved by everyone, loved by everyone
Now coal mining, dredging and run-off is rife,
With warming, the fish and the coral in strife
If you take a stand for one thing in your life
The Great Barrier Reef

New ‘reefy’ verse for Powered by the sky

New Verse

It is best to Divest from coal and all the rest
Now that we’re powered by the sky.
Where the wind keeps on blowing,
And solar farms keep glowing,
beneath that sunny sky.
And my Daddy and mother spoke of it so well
That the pals of my childhood divested as well
Now our Super’s in trust
So the reef will not go bust
Now that we’re powered by the sky.

Full song … https://carboncanaries.com.au/2014/02/19/were-powered-by-the-sky/

Reefs and Fossil Fuels (Love and Marriage)

Written for Woodford Folk Festival’s mock court case where the EDO took the people of Qld to court on behalf of the Great barrier reef for grievous bodily harm. The people of Qld lost, thanks to hilarious honesty from the peoples’ chief witness Prof Ian Lowe. In this court the reef won the several hundred million needed to prevent its deterioration. Let’s hope it becomes real.

Love and Marriage” Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen. 1955

Reefs and Fossil fuels, Reefs and Fossil fuels
Go together like babies and power tools
Please don’t think I’m preaching
You can’t have Coal without mass bleaching

Reefs and Coal Mines, Reefs and Coal Mines
Go together like prams across rail lines
The story has a moral
You can’t have Coal without dead coral.

Risks are socialised, Profits are privatized
They go together when greed is supersized
This we tell Adani
We care more for the reef than money.

Repeat first verse ….

Water for Life On this Land

Water for Life on this Land                                                                  Jenny Fitzgibbon 2011
This song is the same as Lock the Gates to this land, but changed for a Campaign.

The water – belongs to the nation on this land

The water – belongs to the nation on this land

The water – belongs to the nation

For feeding each future generation on this land

Water for life on this land

 

There’ll be a revolution on this land

If the price of gas includes pollution on this land

Water for life on this land

 

There’ll be no fracking or drilling on this land

Cos we don’t want no poison spilling on this land

Water for life on this land

 

They’ll see – that we’re not teasin’ on this land

We’re out to protect the Great Artesian on this land

Water for life on this land

 

Profits to be made by the million on this land

Leaving a clean-up bill of a billion on this land

Water for life on this land

 

Old Adani has no Mine – THANKS!

Tune Old McDonald had a farm Everything repeats, except the one changing line.
#thankstoyouandme

This is a song to THANK all those who do the work: the emails, the fundraising, the difficult conversations. Thank YOU! This song is a prediction. There are two version of this song below. The first is a simpler one and the other has more activisty activities mentioned in it and is fun to sing, but not easy to learn!

EASY VERSION

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
CHANGING LINE: and on that land are living trees
Thanks to you and me
with an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me

Other LINES for the CHANGING one:
and on that land live animals
and on that land we grow our food
and on that land the water flows
and on that land no poison-hole
under that land lies coal unburnt
and no more coal ships through our reef

 ……. Add as you wish!

HARDER VERSION

For a situation where everyone knows the words the following cumulative loops could be added. This makes it much like the original, in that it builds up.
There are so many Coal-fighting activities that ordinary people are doing, bless ’em!

So the song would go …

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
and on that land are living trees
Thanks to you and me
with an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest (if everyone shouts this line, that’s theatre! If they wave both hands on the air, that’s choreography))
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
and on that land the water flows
Thanks to you and me
with a court case here, donations there
Here a tweet, there a banner
every share on FaceBook
an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
and on that land live animals
Thanks to you and me
With a street stall here, petitions there
here a film, there a rally
Everywhere a Doorknock!
a court case here, donations there
here a slogan, there a banner
every share on FaceBook
an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me!

(Now you all need to go for a beer!)