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 ….

Divest your Super (Pack Up your Troubles)

Original words by George Powell (out of copyright)
Music by his brother Felix Powell

Divest your Super from the old Coal Mine
And smile, smile, smile
Divest your Super from the old Coal Mine
‘Cos fossil fuels are vile
What’s the use of profiting
No future in denial
So – Divest your super from the old Coal Mine
and Smile smile smile!

Divest your banking from that Coal Seam Gas
And smile, smile, smile
Divest your banking from that Coal Seam Gas
‘Cos fossil fuels are vile
What’s the use of mortgaging
If you’re building on denial
So – divest your banking from that Coal Seam Gas
And smile smile smile

Invest your money with your kids in mind
And Smile smile smile
Invest your money with your kids in mind
‘Cos fossil fuels are vile
What’s the use of parenting
If it’s only for a while
Invest your money with your kids in mind
And Smile smile smile

Bye Bye Coal

Parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon
Bye Bye Love” written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant 1957.
It is best known in a debut recording by The Everly Brothers,

Bye Bye Coal
Bye Bye fossil fuels
Hello renewables
Energy from the sky
Bye bye Coal
reduce Climate stress
Hello cleverness
Goodbye to coal goodbye

Got thru denial, I’m thru with doubt
Let’s get together, work this thing out
and here’s the reason, I feel so free
I got good people surrounding me

Bye Bye Coal …

We light the dark now with something new
We’ll still be happy (with) no fossil fuel
And here’s the reason ….

Bye bye coal …

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!!

When Coal Seam Gas Was New

printable version here

Trad. tune: When Jone’s Ale Was New
Parodied by Paul & John Spencer 2013

Hear it HERE

On grazing land that was priceless, a company sought a gas licence,
A company sought a gas licence, they’d have a jolly good spree,
They quickly came up with a marvellous plan,
To frack for gas all over the land,
And sell it to China and Japan,
When coal seam gas was new, my boys,
When coal seam gas was new.

CHORUS:
And they called for more wells and more land and more leases,
And oh the expansion it just never ceases,
And nobody mentioned all these increases,
When coal seam gas was new, my boys,
When coal seam gas was new.

Well at first it’s just exploration, a simple investigation,
A simple investigation, if only it were true,
For once the company passes the gate,
You’re likely to find you’ve left it too late,
With all their sweet-talking you’ve taken the bait,
When coal seam gas was new, my boys,
When coal seam gas was new.

Well the next to come in is the drilling, no chance of anything spilling,
No chance of anything spilling, if only it were true,
There’s sodium hydroxide, ammonium persulfate,
Or muriatic acid or sodium borate,
Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate,
So drink your chemical brew, my boys,
So drink your chemical brew.

When drilling down past the water, they seal it just like they oughter,
They seal it just like they oughter, if inly it were true,
The water flows out from the basin cracking,
And mixes with chemicals used in the fracking,
And all of it’s done with government backing,
The profits will go to a few, my boys,
The profits will go to a few.

And when the mining is over, the land will go back to clover,
The land will go back to clover, if only it were true,
We can’t use the water, the poison’s still there,
The methane’s still leaking into the air,
And the company’s gone with never a care,
When coal seam gas is through, my boys,
When coal seam gas is through.

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.)