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Coal Seam Gas Mining Blues was released on 15/5/14….
I’ve been kept awake many nights worrying about the future of our community and the arrival of 700 police and riot squad at The Bentley Protectors Camp, the coming week.
This song came to me half finished a year ago and again recently with more verses about the nightmare we are living having a Coalition Government. My plan was to get the song recorded ASAP so that I could play it at the 5.30am vigils at Gate A at Bentley, and on local radio to get as many people as possible to Bentley so our numbers would prove to the government that we just won't stand for this poisonous industry.

The morning after I recorded it was the best news EVER! Metgasco had suspended their drilling licence!

As it turns out, I released this song on the monumental day (15/05/14) that Bentley had been saved (for now).

This goes to out to all the other communities around Australia and the world that are still fighting against this corrupt, poisoning industry. We will stand together.

PLEASE SHARE AS FAR AND WIDE AS YOU CAN. THIS SONG IS FOR ALL.

OURS WILL BE A COAL SEAM GAS FREE WORLD :)

Copyright 2015 All Rights Reserved - Music and lyrics by Mish Songsmith

(This is an edited version of my original protest song the "Coal Seam Gas Mining Blues". Please upload this song as it is the best recorded version. Keep the faith people. We stand with you in the fight against Coal Seam Gas Mining.)

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Lyrics


THE COAL SEAM GAS MINING BLUES
(12 BAR BLUES IN C)

|| C7 | | | |
V1) Oh… I got the coal seam gas mining blues and
| F7 | | C7 | |
I’m doing all I can but I still don’t know what to do
| G7 | F7 | C7 | G7 ||
Writing protest songs, signing the petitions, submissions, peaceful action
Hoping the government will listen
| C7 | | | |
Mmm, (something’s gotta ch-ch-cha-ange)

V2) Oh… I got the coal seam gas mining blues (something’s gotta ch-ch-cha-ange)
And I can’t believe that they’re raping the earth just to make a quick buck
Leaving destruction, poisons, toxins, cancerous pollutants, contaminating
Underground and surface water systems that’ll affect the little children, oh
(something’s gotta ch-ch-cha-ange)

TRUMPET SOLO over 12 bar blues (something’s gotta ch-ch-cha-ange)

V3) Oh… I got the Coalition blues (something’s gotta ch-ch-cha-ange)
With budget cuts to the sick and the poor, education, arts, environment, the homeless and the pensioners, the unemployed, CSIRO, foreign aid-refugees and aboriginal people
| C7 | | | |
Something’s gotta ch-ch-cha-ange

V4) Oh… I got the coal seam gas mining blues (something’s gotta ch-ch-cha-ange)
And I can’t believe that they’re raping the earth just to make a quick buck
Leaving destruction, poisons, toxins, thousands are protecting out at Bentley,
| G7 | F7 | C7 | G7 ral……….| ………..F7 |
Living gently, feeling tired that the powers could destroy our land for money
| G7 | F7 | C7 ||
ral………………………………….
Oh its all about the power and the money…..yeah….

Stand By Me (in C)– (Lyrics for Bentley Blockade) by Mish Songsmith

V1) When the night has come and the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
Oh I won’t be afraid, no I, won’t be afraid, just as long as you stand,
By me at Bentley
||: C | C | Am | Am | F | G | C | G :||

CH) Oh people, people won’t you stand by me, oh stand by me,
To protect, our land, out at Bentley

V2) When the hills that we look upon from gate A at Bentley
Are swarming with the riot squad & hundreds of police
I will cry, I will cry, but I won’t be afraid, just as long as you stand,
By me at Bentley --------------- CH x 2