Can you Hear the Drums ADANI?

Can you hear the drums, Adani?
I remember long ago when burning
coal spread warm delight
In the firelight, Adani
Whole generations fell in love
while maybe strumming on guitars
Not a thought of distant drums
No knowledge of disaster falling from the stars

(But) now we know the truth Adani
Every man & every woman knows t source of climate change
We are not afraid, Adani
For the Earth we’ll stand our ground
And your Headquarters occupy
W’ won’t be ashamed of jail
The act of non-compliance is our battle cry

There’s more carbon in the air each night
We’ve got to fight Adani
Causing climate change for you and me
It’s planet’ry Adani
And we know that we must never lose      The stage is set –
We’ll occupy your office suite  Until you’re beat Adani.

When we’re old and grey Adani
We’ll remember what we did when danger
looked us in the eyes
Will you dig that coal Adani?
Hist’ry will recall your part (if you) poison water with your hand
Can you see it in our eyes
How proud we are to fight for farmers in this land

There’s more carbon in the air each night    We’ve got to fight Adani
Causing climate change for you and me      It’s planet’ry Adani
And we know that we must never lose               The stage is set –
We’ll occupy your office suite  Until you’re beat Adani.
We’ll visit you at port and pit  Until you quit Adani
We’ll sing and dance and use our luuuuuungs  –

Can you hear the drums?  Adani

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 ….

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 the younger generation
              to leave Fossil Fuels in the ground

Global climate is a local issue now
Global climate is a local issue now
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Global climate is a local issue now

Singing leave fossil fuels in the ground …

Make the pollies think beyond their 4 year term
Make the pollies think beyond their 4 year term
Stand beside us firm and strong
Mining fossil fuels is wrong
Make the pollies think beyond their 4 year term

Singing 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 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!!

Leave it in the Ground – Dona Nobis Common Sense!

printable version here dona-nobis-no-fossil-fuel-mining-a4

sung as a round

tune “Dona Nobis Pacem” (trad. hymnal)

words by Jenny Fitzgibbon 2011

Tune HERE

PART 1: No more, No More, Fossil Fuel Mining

Leave it, leave it, in the ground

Dona Nobis 1

PART 2: There are no clean green loopholes

Leave it, leave it, in the ground

Dona Nobis 2

PART 3: Climate changes are increasing

Leave it, leave it, in the ground

Dona Nobis 3

(for the timing, each group need to end the word ‘Leave’ at the same time and say ‘it’ as togetherly as possible. This requires reversing the timing on the 5th and 6th bars of parts 2 and 3. This is corrected on the printout.)

Tragedy

original song popularised by The Bee Gees
written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, 1979
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Dodgy Tune HERE

(Solo)
Here I lie
A polar bear on a shard of ice
Held in brine
My melting shelf goes slice by slice
Warming up
The ice can’t take it
Breaking up
And now I cannot
Find a mate, find a mate
Or hibernate, hibernate …

(everyone)
Tragedy
When the ice is gone, and you can’t go on
It’s tragedy
Can’t find a seal when you need a meal
It’s hard to bear
With no food around you
And humans can’t share

Tragedy
The climate’s strange, there’s a polar change
It’s tragedy
The shiny ice keeps the climate nice
Its clean, white face
Hides the dark sea and
Shines heat back to space

Night and day
There’s a burning down inside of us
A burning love
With a yearning that says “Make a fuss”
Out we go
With the caring folk we’re not alone
We’re singing to stop the tragedy, tragedy
For polar bears and you and me

Tragedy
The climate’s strange, there’s a polar change
It’s tragedy
The shiny ice keeps the climate nice
Its clean, white face
Hides the dark sea and
Shines heat back to space

Tragedy
When the ice is gone we
Can’t
Go
On

I’m a Believer

printable version here

original words and music by Neil Diamond, 1966 made famous by The Monkees parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Tune HERE
I thought climate change was just a fairy tale
Meant for someone else but not for me,
Carbon out to get me,
What a nasty dream,
Spoiling all my luxury schemes.

That I could not face, so I’m a denier,
There’s just a trace of doubt in my mind,
But I’m in fear Ooh Ooh I’m a denier,
Full of desire to stay blind.

I thought seasons used to be a given thing,
Spring was cool and summer not too hot,
But there’s extremes of hot and cold now,
WIld  cyclones are a pain,
When the farmers need the sunshine they get rain.

So the facts I face, now I’m a believer,
Not a trace of doubt in my mind,
Earth’s climate changed, oo oo
I’m a believer, We can save her if we try.

(Tony won’t hear facts, says he’s a denier,
Scrap the carbon tax, he’s out of his mind,
And his mining mates, ooh ooh rich deniers,
with lobbyist liars, highly paid.)

But there’s extremes of hot and cold now,
WIld cyclones are a pain,
When the farmers need the sunshine they get rain.
So the facts I face, now I’m a believer,
Not a trace of doubt in my mind,
Earth’s climate changed, ooh ooh I’m a believer,

We can save her if we try.

Climate Change

tune “Baby Face” (Little Richard)
music by Harry Akst, lyrics by Benny Davis, 1926
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon 2013

Tune HERE

Climate change
We’ve got ourselves a little
Climate change
More than the weather is now going strange
with Climate Change
my poor heart is thumpin’
we sure have started somethin’

Climate Change
We like the temperature in
The usual range!
The pollies need a shove
To save this earth we love
Cut fossil fuels, cut Climate Change

Climate Change
How can we leave our kids with
Climate Change
They’ll grow up anxious,
hungry & deranged by a climate changed
Way beyond recognition,
We need a wise decision

Climate Change
We like the temperature in
A predictable range!
The pollies need a shove
To save this earth we love
Cut fossil fuels, cut Climate Change