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.

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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.

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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.

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.)

Renewables Are All About

tune “The Hokey Pokey” (or hokey cokey), trad.
parodied by Jenny Fitzgibbon, 2013

Tune HERE

1. Put more investment in
Send incentives out
In, out, in, out
Spread them all about
It’s not hocus pocus, Just turn it on
Renewables are all about

Oh, it’s not hocus pocus!
If only the government would focus
Fossil fuels they nearly broke us
Renewables are all about

2. You put your solar up
Switch the savings on
Up, on, up, on
The roof where it belongs
It’s not hocus pocus, just turn it on
Renewables are all about.

Oh, it’s not hocus pocus!
If only the government would focus
Fossil fuels they nearly broke us
Renewables are all about

3. More wind power in
Is less carbon out
In, out, in, out
Together we will shout
It’s not hocus pocus, just turn it on
Renewables are all about.

Oh, it’s not hocus pocus!
If only the government would focus
Fossil fuels they nearly broke us
Renewables are all about

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.