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Climate change songs?

GUEST,Ed 18 Nov 15 - 12:32 PM
Joe Offer 18 Nov 15 - 02:42 PM
GUEST,henryp 18 Nov 15 - 04:28 PM
GUEST,George Stephens 18 Nov 15 - 11:39 PM
zozimus 19 Nov 15 - 09:11 AM
Wolfgang 20 Nov 15 - 06:30 AM
GUEST,Mike Middleton 20 Nov 15 - 11:17 AM
Jim Carroll 20 Nov 15 - 11:46 AM
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Subject: Climate change songs?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 12:32 PM

Reading this BBC article, I'll admit that I can't really think of any decent songs about climate change.

There must be some out there?


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Subject: ADD: Song for the Climate (Do It Now)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 02:42 PM

Hmmm. Lots of weather songs, but not much on Climate Change. We have lots of environmentalist songs in the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again Songbooks, but not much specifically on climate change - but many of them would work well at climate change gatherings.

Here's one I like, to the tune of Bella Ciao:

SONG FOR THE CLIMATE (Do It Now)
(w: Nic Balthazar & Stef Kamil Carlens)

We need to wake up, we need to wise up
We need to open our eyes & do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now


We're on a planet that has a problem
We've got to solve it, get involved & do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now


Make it greener, make it cleaner
Make it last, make it fast & do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now


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



??w: Nic Balthazar & Stef Kamil Carlens, m: trad. (Italian "Bella Ciao") arr: Stef Kamil Carlens
© 2012 Belgian Climate Coalition. Sing for the Climate took place in Belgium in
Sept 2012. 80,000 Belgians sang "Do It Now" in 180 town squares.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfU3fK0RG5k

http://singfortheclimate.com/

I really like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGgBtHoIO4g


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Subject: RE: Climate change songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 04:28 PM

Grey in LA by Loudon Wainwright

And I suppose Larry David sure knows
All those cars we drive heat up our earth
And sea temperatures rise and those constant blue skies
And brush fires can sure curb your mirth


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Subject: RE: Climate change songs?
From: GUEST,George Stephens
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 11:39 PM

I recently retired from a 30 year career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where I worked closely with several climate scientists.

I and my partner Kathy Westra have lately been singing Woody Guthrie's version of "Sewin' On The Mountain". It seems oddly prescient:

"God gave Noah(!) the rainbow sign" 3x
"It won't be water, but the fire next time."

"Where you gonna run to when the world's on fire?" 3x
"Little darlin' pal of mine."

George


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Subject: RE: Climate change songs?
From: zozimus
Date: 19 Nov 15 - 09:11 AM

"Whose Garden Was This" was ahead of it's time and worth a revisit


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Subject: RE: Climate change songs?
From: Wolfgang
Date: 20 Nov 15 - 06:30 AM

Some old German folksongs about spring are implicitely songs about climate change:
I hear "Come, dear May, and make our trees green once more" and think: What are they talking (singing) about, most trees have leaves since mid-April...

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Climate change songs?
From: GUEST,Mike Middleton
Date: 20 Nov 15 - 11:17 AM

Gaia Wakes! by Nockford on their Leviathan album. No one seems to have heard of this but it's a rock concept album with global warming as the backdrop.

Gaia wakes in vengeful mood
We wanted oil, she gave us food
We cashed in her annuity
Amoral ingenuity
To rob her long developed grace
We used ? and see! We pox her face.

Gaia wakes!

Our sleeping mother roused and sore
The ripples run toward the shore
A simple shiver starts the cure
And drowns like rats this great impure
Race of clever fools, the tools
They leave behind will rust, no mind
Will see or weep or keep the books
To tell - betraying child betrayed.

Gaia wakes!

A boat undamaged rights and spins
In heavy clothes and blood I flap
And cling. A loaded breaker punches
Me to turmoiled bilge and sick
I lie in howling storm and cringe.

Gaia wakes!

One? modification? too far
Risk register? incomplete?
Gaia? now? will hit? delete.

Gaia Wakes! is here http://nockford.bandcamp.com/track/gaia-wakes

The album is on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/leviathan/id451765963


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Subject: RE: Climate change songs?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 Nov 15 - 11:46 AM

A passing Comment

The Bad Year

As I stand on the land and I look at the sky,
And I watch the rain pour, I could lie down and die.
The meadow's a pool and the turf's gone to suds,
Sure I hadn't the heart to go digging the spuds.

The hens got the gapes they gave up laying eggs,
When the pig tried to grunt he got weak in the legs.
The back yard is a pool and the garden's a bog,
Oh the poor farmer's life isn't fit for a dog.

Well I got wrinkled and old and me hair it turned grey,
While the torrents of rain made manure of me hay.
The cows they went dry 'twould bring blood from a stone,
To watch the poor creatures go all skin and bone.

The child got the measles, me wife got upset,
Meself got the flu from me clothes getting wet.
Coughs and colds I contacted a crop of chillblains,
While me joints they swelled up with most terrible pains.

Ah but that's over now for this year is a gift,
I'm a rich man at last by good farming and thrift.
It can rain, it can snow, it can blow a monsoon,
For I'm all for the caper above in Lisdoon.

Jim Carroll


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