‘Prosecute Adani’

This was a song sung outside Qld Parliament on Weds 5th Sept to demand that Adani got prosecuted for the coal dust and sludge spill at their coal port. And it came about!  They will be prosecuted  nothing like a good song to hurry things along  

Written by Dermot Dorgan with Peter McCallum from Mackay Consevation Group. The tune is Alleluhia by Leonard Cohen and a great set of words.


We’ve listened to the evidence

Presented here for this offence,

It’s clear for guilt there is no diminution.

We all agree that for this deed,

Adani’s guilt is clear indeed

And now you should proceed to Prosecution.


Last year when cyclone Debbie came

With mighty winds and flooding rain,

Adani’s people lied about pollution.

They said, “ It won’t be really gross

“One hundred milligrams at most”.

Their lies aimed at evading Prosecution.

Prosecution …

We’ve heard about the bad report
Adani tried to hide in court
They broke the rules and thereby caused pollution
The number it was 8-0-6
At Abbot Point … we saw the pics
And now the time has come for Prosecution

Prosecution ….

Well the case is strong and you have the proof,
The coal dust count went through the roof,
Coal flowed out to the Reef with no dilution.
Adani said it wasn’t fair
To send a fine, no you wouldn’t dare –
Take them to court and launch a Prosecution


Now the case is won, it’s very clear

The penalty must be severe,

For crimes like this there is no absolution.

The public rightly must insist

No simple slap upon the wrist

Will do as a result of prosecution.



Woodford Folk festival was a blast!

There were 4 Carbon Canary events at Woodford Folk Festival. Two workshops introducing the songs and two Pop-Up appearances at other climate-related shows.

The Environmental Defender’s Office ran a mock trial where the great barier Reef brought the Qld Gov to court for endangering its life. Dr Ian Lowe did a a fabby job of defending the Qld Gov while simultaneously ripping them to shreds, and Jo Bragg and Step

The workshops were great. At the first was a long-term parody writer, David Pizza the Poet who handed me these rounds the next day: (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!


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

It was wonderful to meet such great activists working hard all over Australia – there were people from 350.org, NT Pipeline, AYCC, people fighting Colton Coal Mine … seeing the smiles and fun we had was really rewarding for me and I hope everyone.

Gig for me doing Carbon Canarying in Port Macquarie!

Port Macquarie GIG by Sunshine Coast sInger/songwriter enviro-mental Carbon Canary Jenny Fitzgibbon.
I am doing an Earthy, climatey, fun solo gig on SUNDAY 12th – like, tomorrow! I am pumped after a lovely gig last night with the lovely Jem Dunlop.
5-7pm at the Old Scout Hall (now Conservatorium Mid North Coast), 56 Hollingsworth Street, Port Macquarie (western side of Kooloonbung Parklands)
$5 (includes lucky door prize)
BYO Drinks (tea, coffee and cake will be provided)

New verse for Stand Beside Us Firm and Strong

Action-Songs Rock!
One of the actions we did at Leard, over two days, was to support the Gomeroi in their bid to get to see the many sacred sites around the Leard Staate Forest which have been desecrated by Whitehaven Coal. There are more which are in line for total destruction. It was a sad few days: the hopelessness they were feeling in the face of a Government who does not hold up its job of protecting Aboriginal culture and artifacts, even though they are obliged to do so.
They would like anyone who can to ring/write to Baird to ask him to uphold his obligation to protect culture by not letting Whitehaven destroy
We were all honoured to be welcomed to country and given the honorary titles of ‘brothers and sisters’ in a beautiful smoking ceremony.
At the action on Wednesday (where 5 ordinary folks stopped work on the mine for 2.5 hours), we sang the Carbon Canaries song ‘Stand Beside Us Firm and Strong’. One singer asked where was the verse for the sacred sites. So in totally adaptive Action-Song style we wrote one there and then and sang it.

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

Carbon Canaries Songbooks

There are  Songsheets ready for you to download as PDFs. They don’t have all the songs and some songs have been up-dated. If you are in a hurry they could be just what you need.

Carbon Canaries songbook #1
is in two sheets:
Outside Sheet Carbon Canaries songbook Outer Sheet only
Inside Sheet (makes two A5 inserts) Carbon Canaries songbook Centre Spread

Contains 11 of the songs on this website. The initial layout was done by Vivien Griffith from Sunshine Coast Environment Council and has been much updated. That’s the worst of changing some lyrics every now and then … but can’t be helped. I will write new ones from now on and try not to make changes, I mean improvements

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Palmer?
Switch to the Sunshine
Climate Change
Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Poison from the Coal Seam
These Gates are made for Lockin’
Renewables are all About
I’m a Believer
Dough for Me
Renewables are all About
Less is More

SONGSHEET #2 songsheet-2-carbon-canaries

Bye Bye Coal
Divest Your Super
Powered by the Sky
Old Adani (short version)
Reefs and Fossil Fuels

Dona Nobis Common Sense (Sung as a Round)

Tune: Dona Nobis Pachem
Jenny Fitz and Paul Spencer

 No more, No More, Coal Seam Gas Mining
Leave it, leave it, in the ground

There are no clean green loopholes
Leave it Leave it in the ground

Gas Wells, everywhere are leaking
Leave it Leave it in the ground

(for the timing, each group need to end the word Leave at the same time and say ‘it’ as togetherly as possible. I think. Have a listen)

What shall we do with the poison Water? (Drunken Sailor)

Paul Spencer
Tune – Drunken Sailor for those young people who don’t
know the tune by just reading it –
parodies work best when it’s a well-known tune
so which songs are we going to parody in 10 years?


What shall we do with the poison water? (x3)
Poison from the coal seam.

Chorus: Who gave consent to pump up? (x3)
Poison from the coal seam

2. Pump it back near the deep Artesian

3. Filter it a bit then call it healthy

4. Spray it in the air and disperse the poison

5. Hold it in a pond till the rainy season

6. Let it overflow in the creeks and rivers

7. Wait till it’s found in the crops and cattle

8. Say that it’s not from the coal seam drilling




Coal Seam Gas (3 Blind Mice round)

Don’t start too fast. This is also a round so some people can stay on the first 2 lines thru the 3 fast lines.

Part 1
Coal Seam Gas, Coal Seam Gas
Bad for everyone, Bad for everyone

Part 2
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 (only one as the end of part two, then start at the beginning of part 1)



Other words when you get bored …

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