Bris West XR Choir Songs

Facebook link to share with your friends to encourage them to join the choir, learn the songs and come out on the streets to spread the message! The Facebook page will have events and details of practices and Flash Mobs.
https://www.facebook.com/XRChoirBrisbane/?tn-str=k*F

The list so far: and here’s a link to print out your own copy Brisbane Songsheet – big text

1  Dare to Believe
2  The seas are rising
3  Business as usual
4  Power to the People
5  Never Doubt
6   Salt Water
7  A Better Future
8.  We’re standing Here
9.  Message from Mother Earth
10.  Emergency
11.  Dona Nobis the Truth
12.  Climb the Climate Change Challenge


DARE TO BELIEVE Dermot Dorgan

Do you dare to believe in a future,
When we recognise the value of the earth
When we know we must protect
This precious planet from neglect
And we know what every human life is worth?

Do you dare to believe in a future,
When we’ll use the power of wind and wave and sun,
To finally succeed
In meeting every human need
Do you dare to believe it can be done?

Do you dare to believe in a future
When we know our lives are closely intertwined
With every creature that can be
With all the land and all the sea,
Do you believe this is a future we can find?

Do you dare to believe in such a future?
Do you dare to take a stand for this belief?
Will you join us as we strive to find better ways to thrive,
For when we start to live it, it will be. Yes, when we dare to live it, it will be.


 

THE SEAS ARE RISING Dermot Dorgan
Watch a performance in King George Square in Feb 2020 – Go Choir!!
Simple version with just guitar and vocals HERE

The seas are rising, and the forests burning.
The glaciers melting, and the climate’s turning.

It’s time to put aside our differences
Before our lives are blighted,
And face this climate crisis
As a human race united… repeat united (on second time)


 

BUSINESS AS USUAL – Dermot Dorgan

Listen HERE – vocal with Guitar

Business as usual will lead us to disaster
But business as usual is all our leaders know –
Bigger, higher, longer, further, wealthier and faster –
Can’t they see the writing on the wall? The answer’s “No”.

But business as usual makes the fire season longer,
Business as usual intensifies the drought
Business as usual makes the deadly cyclone stronger,
Business as usual makes us raise our voice and shout –

And shouting, we rebel against this road on which we’re led,
We refuse to follow blindly on this grim, ill-fated way,
For we know that there are better, safer ways to move ahead,
And we need to change direction, and we need to start today.


 

POWER TO THE PEOPLE – Call and answer

Power to the people,
People got the power,
Tell me can you feel it?
Getting stronger by the hour.

Call/Response
Power, people, people, power
Power to the people…


 

NEVER DOUBT – Words by Margaret Mead

Never doubt
That a small group of people
Can change the world 0 indeed,
It is the only thing  That ever has
(repeat whole song 3 times)


SALTWATER  by Julian Lennon

We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun
We are a country hurting, rise up as one
So when I hear about the climate denial ……
Saltwater wells in my eyes

We climb the highest mountain, we’ll make the desert bloom
We’re so ingenious we can walk on the moon
But when I hear of how the forests have died ….
Saltwater wells in my eyes

Chorus:
I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough
For the world I know is dying (and now I’m crying)
And time is not a friend
as friends we’re out of time,
and it’s slowly passing by, right before our eyes

We light the deepest ocean, send photographs of mars
We’re so enchanted by how clever we are
Why should one baby be so hungry she cries …..
Saltwater wells in my eyes.

Chorus:
I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough
For the world I love is dying (and now I’m crying)
And time is not a friend
as friends we’re out of time,
and its slowly passing by, right before my eyes

We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun
We are a burning (hurting?) country rebel as one
So when I hear about the climate denial ….
Saltwater wells in my eyes, saltwater wells in my eyes.


 

A BETTER FUTURE to the tune of Bella Ciao

We need to wake up, we need to wise up
We need to open our eyes and do it now, now, now.
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

We’re on a planet that has a problem,
We have to solve it, get involved and do it now, now, now.
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

No point in waiting, or hesitating
We must get wise, take no more lies and do it now, now, now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

Cos there’s a crisis, a climate crisis
We need to wake our leaders up and do it now, now, now
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.

We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.


 

WE’RE STANDING HERE Owly Dave / arr: H. Yeomans.
Hear and learn it, with score for guidance at www.helenyeomans.co.uk/xr/

We’re standing here – for this is an emergency.
We’re standing here – for all that we hold dear.
We’re standing here – for beauty and diversity
and we’re standing in the love that binds us all.

And we demand our government must tell the truth.
And they must act as if the truth is real.
And we demand a Citizen’s Assembly
to urgently create a green new deal.

We’re rising up!
We stand here in rebellion
And we declare that ecocide’s a crime.
In love and rage and peaceful disobedience
The signs are clear  –  We’re running of of time.

We’re standing here – for this is an emergency.
We’re standing here – for all that we hold dear.
We’re standing here – for beauty and diversity
and we’re standing in the love that binds us all.


Message from Mother Earth by Frankie Armstrong

Remember, I give you birth
Remember Mother Earth
Remember, I give you birth
Remember Mother Earth

I am the soil that harbours the seed
I am the crops the good soil yields

I’m the wood, the forest, the trees
I give the buds, take back the leaves

I am the rain, the river, the sea
All creatures born must drink of me

I have been here since time was new
But now I fear what your time may do

You plunder me for coal and oil
Leaving me scarred, leaving me spoiled

You clear the forest, uproot the trees
Poison the air, pollute the seas

Pure air, pure rain, for millions of years
Now on the wind come acid tears

Why can’t you hear, why can’t you see
You kill yourself when you kill me


 

10.  Emergency
11.  Dona Nobis the Truth
12.  Climb the Climate Change Challenge

Crisis Carols on two sheets

NEW INFORMATION:
I have had justifiable complaints about the difficulty of too many Carols, when really we just want the best ones so we attract people to TALK TO US as well cos it’s all about building the movement – eh?

So here’s just a single page with just 7 carols. Enjoy.  Crisis Carols one sheet new


But if you still want MORE CAROLS!!! read on …

4 pages back to back. That’s only 60 cents for an AMAZING collection of XR-focused rebel Chrisis material for about 40 mins of fun-filled singing. GET TO IT!!
Or your scratch bunch of singers can open the pages on their phones and read off that. Easier to read off phones at night.

This is an early selection of the Chrisis Carols all on one A4 sheet, back to back. It’s a PDF.
Crisis Carols 1 sheet Back to back

Oh and a second one from XR Christians Manchester
XR Manchester Crisis Carol songsheet

Crisis Carols is an initiative of Alex P in London … it’s an excuse for Extinction Rebels to get out on the street and sing their gorgeous, caring hearts out for some Climate Justice. Lots of people contributed lyrics! Here’s what Alex (Carol, of course) had to say about using the idea:

HOW TO CRISIS CAROL (SAFELY)
    • Get a group together – Find some people, find or write some lyrics, and have a practice.
    • Always sing in a group – the more the merrier.
    • Stay peaceful – don’t argue or retort. If asked to move on, go somewhere else but keep singing. Stay calm and be like water. Ignore dickheads – they hate it.
    • Be Strategic – Where will you sing, and who for? What are you asking them to do?
    • Be Public – Don’t be afraid of public places controlled by corporations – you can get a lot of singing in before security tells you to leave. Move slowly and keep singing.
  • Bring a Sign – make sure your your message is clear. Climate Action Now. Declare a Climate Emergency. All I Want For Christmas is a Future.
  • Have Fun! – Singing in a group is an ancient and wonderful thing. Enjoy yourself. Be silly. Clamp your feet and belt it out. A group of singing, happy people is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Post photos & videos for us! Love and rage,
    Carol

Here’s the Facebook link:

 

 

 

 

Sunshine Coast Climate Choir songs

Hi there Extinction Rebellion/Climate Choir singer!

This page is one of three.
There are now seven songs on this page.
You can learn all the songs here by listening so rehearsals and singing opportunities go really well.


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.

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

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

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

4. 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


5    Waterloo Rising – for Funeral-type actions
Song by Grace Gillan accompanied by Blythe Pepino
Music by Hans Zimmer

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 ‘gainst a system that is wrong.

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.


WE Demand … Songs about XRs three beautiful Demands!!

6   Everybody Gathering in Peace to Rally

It contains the 3 demands of Extinction Rebellion in the one song, with repeatable bits, to a well-known tune – ‘We’re going to the zoo’ by Tom Paxton

Words:

Everybody gathering in peace to rally – zoo3

Music HERE

7    XR Marching ‘call and answer’ song

New words to the tune of Frere Jacques XR Marching song – Demands