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

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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!)

Divest your Super (Pack Up your Troubles)

Original words by George Powell (out of copyright)
Music by his brother Felix Powell

Divest your Super from the old Coal Mine
And smile, smile, smile
Divest your Super from the old Coal Mine
‘Cos fossil fuels are vile
What’s the use of profiting
No future in denial
So – Divest your super from the old Coal Mine
and Smile smile smile!

Divest your banking from that Coal Seam Gas
And smile, smile, smile
Divest your banking from that Coal Seam Gas
‘Cos fossil fuels are vile
What’s the use of mortgaging
If you’re building on denial
So – divest your banking from that Coal Seam Gas
And smile smile smile

Invest your money with your kids in mind
And Smile smile smile
Invest your money with your kids in mind
‘Cos fossil fuels are vile
What’s the use of parenting
If it’s only for a while
Invest your money with your kids in mind
And Smile smile smile

Bye Bye Coal

Parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon
Bye Bye Love” written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant 1957.
It is best known in a debut recording by The Everly Brothers,

Bye Bye Coal
Bye Bye fossil fuels
Hello renewable
Energy from the sky
Bye bye Coal
reduce Climate stress
Hello cleverness
Goodbye to coal goodbye
Goodbye to coal goodbye

Got thru denial, I’m thru with doubt
Let’s get together, work this thing out
and here’s the reason, I feel so free
I got good people surrounding me

Bye Bye Coal …

We light the dark now with something new
We’ll still be happy wi’ no fossil fuel
and here’s the reason, I feel so free
I got good people surrounding me

Bye bye coal …