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.)

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 ….

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!)

Stand Beside Us Firm and Strong

tune: “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain”, traditional African-American folk song
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2014
Edited in Nov 2014 – see note at end

Tune HERE

Here we stand for those who face a rising sea
Here we stand for those who face a rising sea
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Here we stand for those who face a rising sea

              Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground
              we can leave fossil fuels in the ground
              We owe it to all nations
              and our younger generation

              to leave Fossil Fuels in the ground

Here we stand for those who fight the forest fires
Here we stand for those who fight the forest fires
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Here we stand for those who fight the forest fires

Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground

Here we stand for Tribal Elders and their rights
Here we stand for Tribal Elders and their rights
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Here we stand for Tribal Elders and their rights

Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground

Here we stand to #StopAdani side by side
Here we stand to #StopAdani side by side
Here we stand to #StopAdani
cos to start that mine is barmy
Here we stand to #StopAdani side by side.

SINGING LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND …

Other potential verses:
Here we stand so people won’t be refugees …
Global climate is a local issue now …
Make the pollies think beyond their 4 year term …

**And a verse for the Laird Forest fight:
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

               Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground

EDIT NOTE

The Chorus used to be:

              We owe it to all nations
              and to future generations
              to leave Fossil Fuels in the ground
Then I read the wonderful website
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/11/06/3589815/guide-to-winning-on-climate-clean-energy/
and adjusted it to reflect the fact that ‘future generations’ gives the impression that the children alive today will not be affected. Wrong!!