Water In The Coal Seam

tune “Pick a Bale O’ Cotton” (trad.)
recorded by Leadbelly
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon and Kathy Earsman 2011

1. We’re gonna drill down pump up, water in the coal seam,
Drill down pump up, water for the gas,
Drill down pump up, water in the coal seam,
Drill down pump up, water for the gas.

Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas,
Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas.

2. We’re gonna pump down poison water in the coal seam,
Pump down poison water for the gas,
Pump down poison water in the coal seam
Pump down poison water for the gas.

Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas,
Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas.

3. We’re gonna drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ in the coal seam,
Drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ for the gas,
Drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ in the coal seam,
Drill down BOOM BOOM frackin’ for the gas.

Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas,
Artesian, water in the coal seam,
Artesian, water for the gas.

4. We’re gonna pump up poison water from the coal seam,
Pump up poison water with the gas,
We’re gonna pump up poison water from the coal seam,
Pump up poison water with the gas.

Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas,
Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas.

5. We’re gonna drill down pump up water for the cattle,
Drill down pump up water for the crops,
Drill down pump up water for the cattle,
Drill down pump up water for the crops.

Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas,
Oh! poison water from the coal seam,
Oh! poison water for the gas.

6. No more poison, frackin’ in the coal seam,
No more poison, frackin’ for the gas,
No more poison, frackin’ in the coal seam,
No more poison, frackin’ for the gas.

Artesian water for the nation,
Artesian water for the crops,
Artesian water for the nation,
Artesian water for the crops.

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And some more complex verses if you are able to direct it …!
(This one can be sung slowly, reflecting the reduction in water table due to mining’s use of water)

We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the cattle,
We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the crops,
We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the cattle,
We’re gonna drill down, drill down, drill down, pump up, a trickle for the crops.

Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the cattle,
Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the crops,
Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the cattle,
Bubble up, bubble up, gas among the crops,

Oh! poison water for the cattle,
Oh! poison water for the crops,
Oh! poison water for the cattle,
Oh! poison water for the crops.

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These Gates Are Made for Lockin’

tune “These Boots are Made for Walkin'” (Nancy Sinatra)
written by Lee Hazelwood, 1966
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2010

1. You keep saying you’ve got energy for me
Something you call safe, but confess,
Gas’ been leakin’ where it shouldn’t be leakin’,
And your fracking poison I don’t call progress.

These gates are made for lockin’,
And that’s just what they’ll do
All over this State these gates
Are gonna lock in front of you.

2. You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin’,
and you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet,
You been gamblin’ with our Great Artesian,
Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet.

These gates are made for lockin’,
And that’s just what they’ll do
All over this State these gates
Are gonna lock in front of you.

3. You keep frackin’ where you shouldn’t be frackin’,
You keep thinkin’ that you ́ll never get burnt.
Ha! Well I saw a kitchen tap lit up with matches, yeah
And you corporations, now’s your time to learn.

These gates are made for lockin’,
And that’s just what they’ll do
All over this State these gates
Are gonna lock in front of you.

To end – Are you ready gates? Start lockin’!