by Ruth Mundy

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Noel Read I love this song because it's a call to action for anyone not wanting to look back on their life wishing they had done more, or done something to save their city, country, planet.
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Please pay as much as you want to - all proceeds will go to GetUp's campaign to stop the Adani megamine!

'The coal mine will be the biggest in Australia. It will pollute our climate with massive CO2 emissions for decades. It will mean massive and continual dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and will fill the Reef with thousands of coal ships every year.'



When you grow up and say to me,
"What did you do, to protect the world for me?"
When you say:
"Why, why are the coral reefs bleached,
the groundwater poisoned,
why are the oceans dead?"

I'll say, "Well, we wanted to build a mine there,
By the Great Barrier Reef, yeah,
the biggest mine we could build, right there."

So we paid a billionaire to screw your future up,
When you were too young to know.

And you'll say, "Tell me at least that you tried to make it safe?
Tried to minimise the risks, or to make it worth your while?

And I'll say, "Oh... this is a little awkward,
I guess looking back, in actual fact,
we gave public funds to someone known to be corrupt,
known for spilling coal and not cleaning up,
known for bribery and fraud,
known for tax evasion known for total devastation of villages and beaches, rivers and lives,
known for workers overworked and underpaid, known for workers half your age."

When you grow up and say to me,
"What did you do, to protect the world for me?"
I'd like to hold my head high and say to you:
"I swear I did my best, my love, the rest is up to you."


released May 11, 2017



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