Leave It In The Ground, Adani (Mother Brown)

LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND – by Dermot Dorgan

Tune HERE:

Leave it in the ground, leave it in the ground,
We don’t want Adani’s coal, we say, we say, we say no
Leave it in the ground, leave it in the ground,
It’s THE solution! No Pollution!
Leave it in the ground.

Adani is a mining man and coal is what he seeks.
He wants to dig from our backyard
One, million tonnes a week.
But if that coal gets burnt, we’ll pay a shocking price,
So if you’re listening, mining man,
here’s some good advice:

Leave it in the ground, leave it in the ground,
We don’t want Adani’s coal, we say, we say, we say no
Leave it in the ground, leave it in the ground,
It’s THE solution! No Pollution!
Leave it in the ground.

Now if we burn a lot of coal, we’ll cause a lot of grief.
The heat will melt the polar ice – and, kill, the Barrier Reef.
And those providing funds,
both governments and banks
Have got to hear this loud and clear:
the people say NO THANKS!!

Leave it ….

Rounds can be handy…

Using rounds can add variety and harmony to a song at a rally …

David Pizza the Poet handed me these rounds after a Carbon Canaries Workshop at Woodford.: (Row, row, row your boat and London’s Burning)

Rows and rows of solar farms
Coming all on-stream
Merrily fighting climate change
No it’s not a dream!

and

Planet’s burning, Planet’s burning
Fix the Engine, Fix the Engine
Solar Power! Solar Power!
Yes we oughta, Yes we oughta!

There’s also The Simple Life (three blind mice) and Dona Nobis Common Sense

Also other words to 3 Blind Mice …

Coal Seam Gas, Coal Seam Gas
Bad for everyone, Bad for everyone
There’s all that fracking, and leaking is rife
They poison the water and give farmers strife
It won’t happen here while my body has life
No Coal Seam Gas

Coal Seam Gas, Coal Seam Gas
Worth making a fuss, worth making a fuss
With weak regulations and lies and spin
Where profits abound, Paid lobbyists win
Is this a democ-cracy we live in?
No Coal Seam Gas

The Great Barrier Reef, the Great barrier Reef
Loved by everyone, loved by everyone
Now coal mining, dredging and run-off is rife,
With warming, the fish and the coral in strife
If you take a stand for one thing in your life
The Great Barrier Reef

Water for Life On this Land

Water for Life on this Land                                                                  Jenny Fitzgibbon 2011
This song is the same as Lock the Gates to this land, but changed for a Campaign.

The water – belongs to the nation on this land

The water – belongs to the nation on this land

The water – belongs to the nation

For feeding each future generation on this land

Water for life on this land

 

There’ll be a revolution on this land

If the price of gas includes pollution on this land

Water for life on this land

 

There’ll be no fracking or drilling on this land

Cos we don’t want no poison spilling on this land

Water for life on this land

 

They’ll see – that we’re not teasin’ on this land

We’re out to protect the Great Artesian on this land

Water for life on this land

 

Profits to be made by the million on this land

Leaving a clean-up bill of a billion on this land

Water for life on this land

 

Old Adani has no Mine – THANKS!

Tune Old McDonald had a farm Everything repeats, except the one changing line.
#thankstoyouandme

This is a song to THANK all those who do the work: the emails, the fundraising, the difficult conversations. Thank YOU! This song is a prediction. There are two version of this song below. The first is a simpler one and the other has more activisty activities mentioned in it and is fun to sing, but not easy to learn!

EASY VERSION

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
CHANGING LINE: and on that land are living trees
Thanks to you and me
with an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me

Other LINES for the CHANGING one:
and on that land live animals
and on that land we grow our food
and on that land the water flows
and on that land no poison-hole
under that land lies coal unburnt
and no more coal ships through our reef

 ……. Add as you wish!

HARDER VERSION

For a situation where everyone knows the words the following cumulative loops could be added. This makes it much like the original, in that it builds up.
There are so many Coal-fighting activities that ordinary people are doing, bless ’em!

So the song would go …

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
and on that land are living trees
Thanks to you and me
with an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest (if everyone shouts this line, that’s theatre! If they wave both hands on the air, that’s choreography))
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
and on that land the water flows
Thanks to you and me
with a court case here, donations there
Here a tweet, there a banner
every share on FaceBook
an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me

Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me
and on that land live animals
Thanks to you and me
With a street stall here, petitions there
here a film, there a rally
Everywhere a Flash Mob!
a court case here, donations there
here a slogan, there a banner
every share on FaceBook
an email here, divestment there
here a letter, there a sit-in
everywhere a protest
Old Adani has no mine – Thanks to you and me!

(Now you all need to go for a beer!)

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

The Giant Coal Mine (‘Galumph’ went the little Green Frog)

Tune – The Little Green Frog
Parody Paul Spencer
Tune at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiKdD3h6C2U

1. “More Jobs” went the giant coal mine last night,
“More jobs” went the giant coal mine,
“More jobs” went the giant coal mine last night,
And they all went “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”

But we all know mines go [CLAP] “Where’s my dividend?”
[CLAP] “Where’s my dividend?”, [CLAP] “Where’s my dividend?”,
We all know mines go [CLAP] “Where’s my dividend?”,
They don’t go “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”

2. “It’s safe!” went the CSG firm last night,
“It’s safe!” went the CSG firm,
It’s safe went the CSG firm last night,
And they all went “Safe, safe, safe.”

But we all know firms go [CLAP] “Rush the permit through”,
[CLAP] “Rush the permit through”, [CLAP] “Rush the permit through”,
We all know firms go [CLAP] “Rush the permit through”,
They don’t go “Safe, safe, safe.”

3. “Ker-ching” went the CSG farm last night,
“Ker-ching” went the CSG farm,
“Ker-ching went the CSG farm last night,
And they all went “Ching, ching, ching.”

But we all know farms go [CLAP] “Where’s our water gone?”,
[CLAP] “Where’s our water gone?”, [CLAP] “Where’s our water gone?”,
We all know farms go [CLAP] “Where’s our water gone?”,
They don’t go “Ching, ching, ching.”

4. “We’re mates” went the National MP last night,
“We’re mates” went the National MP,
“We’re mates” went the National MP last night,
And they all went “Mates, mates, mates.”

But we all know Nats go [CLAP] “Do what Tony says”,
[CLAP] “Do what Tony says”, [CLAP] “Do what Tony says”,
We all know Nats go [CLAP] “Do what Tony says”,
They don’t go “Mates, mates, mates.”

When the Rigs come rolling in (When the Saints) COAL VERSION for Maules Creek

Tune HERE
to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In”
new words by Paul Spencer, Owen English and Cath Blakey
Coal-ized by Jessie and Jen at Camp Wando

We’re gonna sing, sing, sing,
We’re gonna shout, shout, shout,
We’re gonna sing, we’re gonna shout,
Stop the Mine,

When the blasting rigs arrive,    OR    When Whitehaven Coal arrives
We’re gonna blockade side to side,
We’re gonna sing, we’re gonna shout,
Stop the Mine.

Chorus:
Oh when the Rigs,    OR     Oh When the diggers etc
Come rolling in,
Oh when the Rigs come rolling in,
We’re gonna be there to stop them,
When the Rigs come rolling in.

2. You can jail us and our friends,
We’re gonna be there till the end…

3. Laugh at fines and scorn your bail,
We’re not even scared of jail,…

4. On the streets and in the courts,
And at the company’s headquarts,

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.