Sunshine Coast Climate Choir songs

Hi there Climate Choir singer!

These are the first four songs. All the lyrics HERE XR 4 songs on one page
When you click on the link a PDF gets downloaded into your Downloads folder.

Emergency by Blythe Pepino –
SCORE Emergency Score
Recordings – All three parts (High Part is the Melody)

Never Doubt
SCORE Never Doubt Score – Full Score 2 pages
Recording – HERE

Dona Nobis the Truth
SCORE Dona Nobis the Truth
Recordings – HERE

Climb the Climate Change Challenge has no score as yet
Note: Change to lyrics – instead of ‘FUTURE generations’ we will sing ‘YOUNGER generations’ as this matches the present urgency.
Recording of Melody (which is a lower part)
Recording of High Part – a harmony
Recording of  Whole thing together

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Waterloo Rising – for Funeral-type actions
Lyrics –
Change is coming we are few but we are strong
Time’s been wasted and we haven’t got too long
Mother’s dying we can feel it in our bones
So we’re rebelling on a system that is wrong.

(So we’re rebels ‘gainst a system that is wrong – this adjustment fixes the grammar if you think it worth it!)
Listen HERE: this is a beautiful moving video of the UK rebellion in April 2019
The very first 30 seconds of the video is the tune. Repeat this bit to get familiar.

You never get to hear the harmony on its own, but as you watch the video you will get to hear the melody on its own a few times. About half way through the song stops.

 

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There shall be no Adani Mine

There shall be No Adani Mine

Tune: We shall not be Moved

There shall be no Adani mine x2
with Wangan and Jagalingu
we will win this time
No Adani mine.

Stopping the rail line – No Adani mine x2

Protecting water – No Adani mine etc

Protecting country – No Adani mine

Cliiii-mate Justice – No Adani mine

There shall be no Adani mine

 

Timing note: (each full stop is the first beat of a 4/4 bar)

.There shall be
.no Adani mine
.There shall be
.no Adani mine with Wangan
.and Jagalingu we will
.win this time
.No Adani
.mine
 

Can you Hear the Drums ADANI?

Writers of original Fernando: Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
Repurposing: Jenny Fitzgibbon

Hear a full sung version HERE which you can use if there’s no local person who wants to sing it but you’d like your local rep to hear it.

Photo of the Chord chart I used is also on the above link.

Can you hear the drums, Adani?
I remember long ago when burning
coal spread warm delight
In the firelight, Adani
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 cause 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
(There’s) no planet B, 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

 

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    (There’s) no planet B, 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

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!!

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

Backing track 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

Baby Face
You got a trusting little
Baby Face
That’s why I swear I will
protect this place for you my
Baby face
Gotta stop that carbon pumpin’
I swear I will do something

Baby face
I will not stop until Fossil Fuel’s in disgrace!
This earth is your bequest
So I will do my best
(for you) my little baby Face

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!
Law-makers need a shove
To save this earth we love
Cut fossil fuels, cut Climate Change

Repeat first verse


… and here’s more if you are enjoying yourselves!

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 some wise decisions

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