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Chants

“No tar sands,
No way,
Not ever
Not today!”

“Don’t be a jerk!
Find cleaner work!”

“TransCanada, you suck!
You sold our future for a buck!”

“No pipelines! No tar sands!
No destruction of indigenous lands!”

“What’s insane? This is insane!
No eminent domain for private gain!”

call & response:
“Hey CEO’s up in the sky!
Listen up and hear our cry!
We don’t run we block your pipe!
You screw us we multiply!”

“U-G-L-Y
Corporate scum you cheat you lie
You UGLY, uh, uh, you UGLY”

“Tar sands kill!
Pipelines spill!”

“Let’s shout, not whine,
Let’s block that pipeline!”

“Your pipeline dreams
Just make me scream!”

“Hey hey, ho ho
TransCanada has got to go!”

“Pollution and exploitation
Will not be solved by corporations.
That’s bullsh*t! Get off it!
This land is not for profit! (or) This planet’s not for profit! (or) The enemy is profit!”

“No exchanges no refunds,
Environmental damage can’t be undone!”

“Tar sands blockade!
There’s no stopping us
Tar sands oil
Dirty and dangerous!”

“People of the world unite!
Let’s stop the Keystone pipe!”

“Jobs at the Keystone? No lets can it!
There are no jobs on a dead planet!”

“Ain’t no power like the power of the sun
because the power of the sun don’t stop!”

“When our planet’s under attack,
What do we do?
Stand Up Fight Back!”

“When your water’s under attack,
What do you do?
Stand Up Fight Back!”

Pipes in the Ground!

“Pipes in the Ground” written by a blockader. Inspired by “Pants on the Ground” by General Larry Platt, presented while auditioning for “American Idol”. Lyrics:

Pipes in the ground!
Pipes in the ground!
Lookin’ like a fool with your pipes in the ground!
Spewin’ lies out your mouth,
Pumpin’ tar sands while we deal with drought,
If you keep it up see our rage comin’ out,
All ‘cuz you’re a fool with your pipes in the ground!

Not a Single Inch We'll Give

“Not a Single Inch We’ll Give” sung at the Inergy Blockade of a natural gas and liquid petroleum gas storage facility at Watkins Glen, NY, on Monday, March 18th, 2013. Check out ourfutureisunfractured.wordpress.com for more info! Lyrics:

We will fight at the pipelines,
We will fight at the rigs,
We will fight at the compressors,
Not a single inch we’ll give.

We will fight in Watkins Glen,
We will fight in Minisink,
We will fight in Horseheads,
Not a single inch we’ll give.

 

Songs

Leave the Tar Sands In the Ground

LEAVE THE TAR SANDS IN THE GROUND: Creative Commons 2011, by jerusha (harriet korim arnoldi, BMI). Written for the occasion of getting arrested on jerusha’s 65th b’day and performed in front of the White House.

Earlier YouTube version (minus verse about jobs) with Doug Grandt’s slide show: bit.ly/NoTarsands

CHORUS:
Leave the tar sands in the ground, the coal under mountain tops
‘Cause we need clean air in our lungs and clean water in our cups.

Yes We Can say “NO TAR SANDS”
This pipeline points to hell
And true homeland security is something you don’t sell.
You don’t trade our children’s birthrights for a mess of tar
If you like the climate livable and our coasts right where

CHORUS

President Obama, we helped put you where you are
Now don’t you trade American birthrights for a mess of tar
Yes you can say “No Tar Sands!”
This pipeline points to hell
True homeland security is something you don’t sell

CHORUS

Real jobs with a future, that’s what people crave
Not dead-end jobs for polluters, digging our own graves
Are we willing to sacrifice? Well I believe we are
‘Cause we like our climate livable and our coasts right where they are.

CHORUS

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ALSO check out two more of jerusha’s songs below!
ATMOSPHERE http://soundcloud.com/jerushamusic/atmosphere
TURN TOWARD PEACE http://soundcloud.com/jerushamusic/turn-toward-peace

RBS Protest Song: wanna pump the tar sands

A ‘girl band’ dressed as ‘oily bankers’ protest outside the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) sponsored Scottish Low Carbon Conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) on September 27th, 2011. From left are Mary, Gail, Emilia, Hannah, and Beth, activists from Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES), singing Jessie J’s recent chart-topping “Price Tag” song, with lyrics cunningly altered to tell the story of RBS’s highly destructive oil and gas investments, including the mining tar sands in Canada.

Find out more at www.foe-scotland.org.uk/cleanuprbs .

Pipeline

“Pipeline” by David Rovics:

As soon as they started drilling for oil they started building pipelines
On the seabed, through the forests and across the borderlines
As soon as they started laying the pipe they said we’ll do this safely
There will never be an accident, we can do this carefully
But the sands shift, the ice melts, disasters are routine
Point out their record of destruction and they’ll say their hands are clean
Point out their woeful deeds and they’ll consult their banker
And say it’s safer to use a pipeline than an oil tanker
So now they want to see how far their madness it can go
A pipeline from the Tar Sands to the Gulf of Mexico

The tar sands lie in the north beneath Alberta’s ground
As the price of oil rises and the oil men have found
Now there’s profit to be made in a madman’s dream
By drilling deep beneath the Earth, blasting it with steam
Bulldozing the land, melting what’s inside
A record of extinction a thousand miles wide
But laying waste to the northern plains is evidently not enough
The capitalists need markets where they can sell this toxic stuff
So across the farms and prairies the oil now must flow
A pipeline from the Tar Sands to the Gulf of Mexico

Governors oppose it and every native band
Ranchers don’t want it passing through their land
Union leaders have denounced it as have the rank and file
The President delayed it for just a little while
They say you can’t stop progress, I hope that isn’t true
‘Cause if we mine the tar sands, if we let the pipeline through
It will be a pipeline to oblivion, a pipeline to the end
A pipeline to a future with nothing round the bend
A pipeline to a future that I hope we’ll never know
A pipeline from the Tar Sands to the Gulf of Mexico

Stop the Keystone Pipe

“Stop the Keystone Pipe” co-written by Tar Sands Blockaders and a community ally, and sung beautifully by the latter! Based on “I am a Union Woman” by Ant Molley Jackson

Lyrics:

I am an eco-warrior,
As brave as I can be
I do not like extraction
And the police don’t like me

They’re tearing down the forests
They’re poisoning our streams
They’re threatening the planet
And all for their pipe dreams

Is it really worth that money?
The destruction’s gone too far!
The future’s on our shoulders
Our children can’t drink tar!

We all are eco-warriors
As brave as we can be
Come join us in our actions
For earth, my friends, and me

Refrain:
Stop the Keystone pipe, y’all,
Stop the Keystone pipe!

Mother's Blood

Published on Feb 16, 2013

A song of protest.
Upon hearing of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and just what this would mean for the health of our planet, this song practically wrote itself. Thank you to all the dedicated earth-protectors for standing up and speaking loud! Keep it up!

Please feel free to sing and share this song.

Mother’s Blood
© E. Eustis, 2013
Performed by E. Eustis and R. Rocheleau

Lyrics:
to build a pipe, to pull 800,000 barrels a day
of the blackest blood from mother, brother what would mother say
she speaks in hurricanes and how can we ignore her when she screams
the reaching hand of the oil man strikes it rich again
for his daddy is a government that keeps him in the sand-box
playing games of planetary fate
Mr. President, momma says to take the games away
let’s build a wall of 800,000 voices in the street
send the call, truly this is what we call energy
this is water, this is wind, my sister sings for the sea
here we stand on aching land, this is mother when she screams
do you really need my blood? use the wind and the sun
to build a pipe to pull 800,000 barrels a day
of the blackest blood from mother, brother what would mother say
she speaks in hurricanes and how can we ignore her when she screams
she screams in a windy way, do you really need my blood?
do you really need my blood? use the wind and the sun

1,700 Miles of Pipe

“1700 Miles of Pipe” by Farhad Ebrahimi:

Seventeen hundred
Miles of pipe
Seventeen hundred
Miles we’ll fight

For the air we breathe
And the water we drink
And the whole planet
Is on the brink

No KXL (x 4)

President Obama
What you gonna do?
Secretary Kerry
What you gonna do?

Block this pipeline
Block this pipeline
Block this pipeline
Is what you’re gonna do

No KXL (x 4)

TransCanada
You shall not pass
TransCanada
You will not last

TransCanada
You shall not pass
TransCanada
You will not last

No KXL (x 4)

Digging Us a Hole

“They are digging us a hole” lyrics by Melodeego, debuted at the KXL Funeral organized by Tar Sands Action.

They are digging us a hole,
They are digging us a hole,
Six feet underground,
Where the pipeline will go.

They are digging us a hole,
They are digging us a hole,
Six feet underground,
Where our future will go.

We will lay down our bodies,
We will lay down our souls,
No we won’t stand by and watch,
While they dig us a hole!

A Place I Called Home

Music for The Sandhills, not the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Words and music by Christopher Merrick & Dianna MacLeod © 2013

Verse 1
Once I had a place, a place I called home
A peaceful place, a gentle place, that I could call my very own
And it always gave me shelter when I was drenched to the bone
Oh, I never seen a better place than a place I called home

Verse 2
Well, I planted me a garden, tilled the soil with my hands
Twenty years of toil and tears, workin’ the land
And through it all, the trees grew tall from seeds that I had sown
Oh, I never seen a better place than a place I called home

Chorus 1
And the sun would shine on this garden of mine

Verse 3
Then one day a law man came ‘a knockin’ at my door
Said “We got a requisition to buy your land, you won’t have to work no more”
And he promised me they’d save my trees and let my garden grow
But then they bulldozed it over, built a pipeline for the oil

Chorus 2
And the rain came down and it washed away the tears I cried
when I seen what they had done

Solo

Bridge
Well, there used to be a little stream that flowed through my land
And its purity would quench my thirst and cleanse my workin’ hands
But now it’s buried ‘neath a foot of concrete and stone
You’d never know there’d been a place called home

Verse 4
So now there is a pipeline where my garden used to be
Corporate greed, consumer need, they made a fool out of me
And if I could do it over, I‘d tell ‘em all to go to Hell
Let ‘em slap the handcuffs on my wrists, drag me off to jail

Chorus 3
And the rain keeps fallin’ down, and it washes away my tears

Tag
Once I had a place…

 

More Songs

Do the Math

Lyrics and vocals by Shea
Produced by DJ Premier
Recorded by Kevin Micka and Farhad Ebrahimi

It goes one for Rex Tillerson
2 for Barack
3 for the coal money blasting of mountaintops
start to connect the dots
from drought to the global south
its time to wake the fuck up and freak out
climate action now
we either keep the oil in the ground
or exxon rakes the cash while coastal cities drown
they got 5 times the reserves than we know its safe to burn
but the screams don’t ring as loud as their projected returns

200 million on lobbying to shape energy policy
thats warping our atmosphere and warping our democracy
to buy off Mitt Romney / plus capitol hill
no more ice in the arctic so its drill baby drill
When congress is straight sponsored by coal oil and gas
you best believe they won’t let a single climate bill pass

CHORUS

Dirty lobby writes a check and congress writes em one back
30 million in subsidies for more smoke stacks
for more / asthma attacks / for turnin’ the gulf black
keeping america hooked on their product like straight crack

we give em 6 times the tax breaks than we give to renewables
no wonder people say wind and solar aint doable
a crucible / to keep clean energy on its knees
to appease fossil fuels/ but the scientists agree
that if we let the earth warm right above 2 degrees
then we hit tipping points and can’t stop rising seas
that’s 200 million climate refugees by 2050
immigration reform starts to looks a bit more tricky
and west nile makes its way to your town and your city
now listen close to the next cause the math aint so pretty

20 years 100 million dead from dirty energy
so ask yourself who’s the real public enemy
brazil to islamabad / chad to somalia
its time to wake up, cause your grandkids are calling ya
they didn’t cause this but they’ll pay with their tears
while we stand at the pump with hands over our ears
this is real / this is now / so wake up and freak out
and get a grip / we’re in a storm we can still right the ship

CHORUS

a revolution of the mind a revolution of the heart
from the keystone blockade to those west virginia ramparts
get organized turn off your tv
join the global mass movement to be fossil fuel free
get your school’s money out of shell oil and BP
cuz if we don’t have a planet what’s the use of that degree
go to 350.org if you want to know more
when you fight for climate justice you fight for the world’s poor
you fight for human rights and for diversity of life
for people over profit / and love over strife

stand up to riot gear and break the climate silence
tear down the apathy never ever stay quiet
our kids will ask us what we did when we knew
did the youth rise up / even if it meant handcuffs
or sitting in a cell / so that justice would prevail /
not just for human beings for polar bears and whales
i want to tell them that i tried with all of my might
and i’ll see you on the streets as we continue the fight
that’s how it adds up.

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Where Greenland Used to Be

Check out “Where Greenland Used to Be” by social change singer and songwriter Tom Neilson! Other songs by Tom are available here.

Habeas Corpus/Home at Bay

Published on Jun 22, 2012 by Univer Soul. We (TSB) were honestly mixed about whether to post this. We’re sure you’ll agree that the video is silly, perhaps exceedingly so. But the content of the message is quite powerful and relevant. Check out the lyrics below!

Lyrics:
We Are Glued, The Earth Is a Temple
Don’t You Detect, They Don’t Care ‘Bout You
They Just Want The Job, They’re Useless
What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?
Try The Greens, Try The Greens

Don’t Screw It Up
Give It a Shit
We Are The Leader
Must Find a Way Out
What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?
Try The Greens, Try The Greens

No Nobel, No Way, Where’s The Peace?
Mister One Billion Campaign
Blah Blah Blah And All That Shit
S.P.A. Dog, The Oil Spill, Say It All
Expect The Worst With The Same Liars
What To Do, What To Do, What To Do?
Try The Greens, Try The Greens, For Your Kids, For Your Castle

Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah
Home At Bay, Just a Blah Blah Blah, Blah

 

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