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!!

Carbon Is The World’s Worst Friend

printable version here

tune: “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” (Marilyn Monroe),
written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin, 1949
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2014

Tune HERE

The rich are glad to risk the earth,
They delight in mining fuels,
But I prefer an Earth that lives and gives
The future jewels.

A mine on the land will be quite detrimental
Cos carbon is the world’s worst friend
A mine may be planned .. but it will drive you mental
Get you quite irate
So quick mate, lock the gate!
Science has learnt if that coal gets burnt
That we’ll all lose our farms in the end
No forests for the clearing
when solar’s so endearing,
And carbon is the world’s worst friend

Whitehaven!
Adani!
China First!
Throw off your shares and DIVEST!

There may come a time when a town needs a lawyer
Cos carbon is the world’s worst friend
There may come a time when a farmland destroyer
Eyes your fields so nice
But at any price, tell them “no dice”
He’s your guy when extraction’s high but beware when it starts to descend
Those poisoning louses fly out to their spouses
And carbon is the world’s worst friend

A high-carbon life makes the climate go chronic
Cos carbon is the world’s worst friend
A low-carbon life is like taking a tonic
It’s a better bet
Are you ready yet? Let’s get set
Time draws near and the choice is clear
And a life with less stuff is the trend
When we choose to use less
Each pow’r station spews less

And carbon, carbon, even as diamonds, carbon, is the world’s worst friend

Who do You Think You are Kidding Mr. Palmer?

printable version here

tune “Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler” (Dad’s Army)
music by Jimmy Perry and Derek Taverner, lyrics by Jimmy Perry, 1969
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Palmer?
If you think we’re on the run,
We are the ones who will stop yr little game,
We know that coal mining’s scary and insane,

So who do you think you are kidding Mr. Palmer?
If you think you’ve Queensland won?
So watch out Mr. Palmer
You’d best pull up your socks We’ll save you from bad Karma
While saving Bimblebox
So who do you think you are kidding Mr. Palmer?

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’!

Dough For Me

printable version here

tune: “Do-Re-Mi” (The Sound of Music)
music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II,
Source: Gas Free Hymn Book, Northern Rivers Campaign

Tune HERE

Let’s start at the very beginning
The very best place to start
When you read you begin with ABC,
When you mine you begin with
‘Dough for me’, ‘Dough for me’
The very first thoughts just happen to be ‘Dough for me’

(Spoken ) “let’s see if I can make it easier …”

Dough for those already rich,
Rai-sing toxins in the air,
Me-aning we will suffer too,
Far or near no matter where,
So persistent is the risk,
La-sting on and on and on,
Tee-tering on the edge of doom,
So the rich can have more
Dough, dough, dough, dough

Bimblebox

To the tune of Jingle Bells
Source: Carols Against Coal Booklet (Six Degrees, Brisbane)

Dashing through approvals
With a fast track government
Under fields they go
Farmers to torment
Nature to destroy
Wallets all to fill
Palmer’s in the Parliament
And he’s out there for the kill.

Bimblebox, Bimblebox
Clive he wants a mine
No more birds or reptiles there
Palmer thinks that’s fine, hey!

Bimblebox, Bimblebox
Digging up the land
Save our nature refuges
That’s what we all demand.

One-day we’ll win the fight
And sense will win the day
Clive will do what’s right
Solar all the way!
It’s where the future’s at
Leave coal in the ground,
Protect our nature refuges,
The best answer around.

Bimblebox, Bimblebox
Clive he wants a mine
No more birds or reptiles there
Palmer thinks that’s fine, hey!

Bimblebox, Bimblebox
Digging up the land
Save our nature refuges
That’s what we all demand.