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The No Fossil Fuel Song Collection

De Colores

Traditional, Spain, sixteenth century, adopted as the anthem of the United Farmworkers          Download printable version

De colores, de colores se visten los campos en la primavera.
De colores, de colores son los pajaritos que vienen de afuera.
De colores, de colores es el arco iris que vemos lucir.
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mi. (Repeat)

Canta el gallo, canta el gallo con el quiri, quiri, quiri, quiri, qui, la gallina,
La gallina con el cara, cara, cara, cara, cara, los polluelos,
Los polluelos con el pio, pio, pio, pio, pi.
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mi. (Repeat)

Do It Now

Tune: Bella Ciao New Words by Sing for the Climate
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We need to wake up
We need to wise up,
We need to open our eyes and 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
And 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 mo more lies
And do it now, now, now!
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now!

Exxon Lied

Tune, Skip to My Lou; Words, Nancy Schimmel
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Chorus: Exxon lied, what'll we do? (3x)
Throw them into prison.

When did they know what they knew,
Since about 1982
But they kept making CO2,
Throw them into prison.

The scientists in their employ
Told them what they would destroy
But profits rose, and they said "Oh boy!"
Throw them into prison.


It's they who built our funeral pyre,
The temperature keeps going higher
Liar, liar, pants on fire,
Throw them into prison.

They're lower than the lowest slime
Racketeering is a crime,
Department of Justice, it is time
To throw them into prison.


Gee, Governer Jerry

To the tune of the chorus of Officer Krupke (chorus only) Music: Leonard Bernstein, Words: Nancy Schimmel  
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Gee, Governor Jerry, We’re really upset
At all the tons of water that the frackers will get.
You say shorter showers
Will help with the drought,
We sing in the shower, cut it out!
Cut it out!, cut it out!
Oh, there is no doubt
We’ve got to cut the fracking out.
 Gee, Governor Jerry, I like me a bath,
If frackers take it from me, well, that raises my wrath.
I use by the gallon,
They use by the lake,
I say that fracking’s a mistake.
A mistake, a mistake, 
Oh, you make me ache,
You know that fracking’s a mistake.
 Gee, Governor Jerry, they’re making a mess,
The frackers spoil the water and they leave us with less.
The aquifer’s shrinking, 
We're drinking their slop,
Governor Jerry, make it stop!
Make it stop, make it stop,
Make them close up shop,
We all demand you make it stop.

Growing Climate Movement

(Music: Proud Mary by John Fogerty, new words: Bonnie Lockhart)
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If you go down to Lake Merritt ( the demo)
Bet you're gonna find some people who care
People need the power
Got to seize the hour
New York City, Oakland and everywhere!
Big Oil can't keep burnin' We got the tide a'turnin'
Growin', Growin, Growin' climate movement (X2)

We can make jobs in the city
We don't have to burn those fossil fuels!
There is wealth aplenty
Use it for the many
One percent won't keep on makin' rules
Big Oil can't keep burnin' . . . .

We got imagination
We can build up new technology
With a common vision
Make a just transition
Workplaces with real democracy.
Big Oil can't keep burnin'. . .

Hey, Obama!

Tune: Oh, Susanna, new words by Jack Lucero Fleck
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We are telling you, Obama, fossil fuels have got to go,
And you children and their mama, want you to just say no.
Now with storms and floods there’s too much rain, and then it is too dry,
And the sun’s so hot it’s just insane, Obama, we will fry!
            Hey, Obama, we know that you can see.
            That we don't need any tar sands oil, we need clean energy.
Up in Canada, they kill the tress, and poison all the lakes,
They are killing all the birds and bees, so let’s put on the brakes.
Oh the say the pipes will never leak, but who is kidding who?
‘Cause one broke in Arkansas last week, last year Ka-la-ma-zoo.
            Hey Obama...
Now the pipeline brings this tar sands gunk down to our Gulf resorts,
The refineries put out more junk, and oil goes to exports.
But the biggest problem, sad but true, comes when it's burned to heck,
‘Cause that mkes a lot of CO2, ad leaves a climate wreck.
            Hey Obama...

It Isn't Nice

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds; © 1964 Schroeder Music Company, renewed 1993. Last two verses by Joel Landry, edited by Nancy Schimmel.        Download printable version

It isn’t nice to block the doorway,
It isn’t nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail.
It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don’t mind.

It isn't nice to carry banners
Or to sit in on the floor,
Or to shout our cry of Freedom
At the hotel and the store.
It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice,
You told us once, you told us twice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don’t mind.

We have tried negotiations
And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn't see us
We didn’t even cross his mind.
Now our new ways aren’t nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom's price,
We don't mind.

When the corporation bandits
Tanked our economy,
Did you say it wasn't proper?
Did you stand for you and me?
You were quiet just like mice,
Now you say we aren’t nice,
And if that is freedom's price,
We don't mind.

It isn’'t nice to get arrested,
It isn’t nice to make demands,
Or to gather by the thousands,
No matter what the law commands,
It isn’t nice, it isn’t nice,
Well, thanks for your advice!
‘Cause if that is freedom’s price,
We don't mind.

Just a Dinosaur ( Can't Get Easy Oil)

Words by Bonnie Lockhart; chorus to Hard Ain't It Hard, (Woody Guthrie); verse to New River Train, traditional
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It's hard, ain’t it hard, ain’t it hard,
Ya can’t get easy oil anymore,
It's hard, ain’t it hard, ain’t it hard, great God!
‘Cause fossil fuel is just a dinosaur.
Darlin’ you can't drill in the sea, Darlin’ you can't drill in the sea,
If you drill in the sea, just remember BP!
Darlin’ you can’t drill in the sea.

Darlin’ you can’t pump the Tar Sands, (2x)
If you pump the Tar Sands you pollute the heartlands,
Darlin’ you can’t pump the Tar Sands.

Darlin’ you can’t drill the North Slope, (2x)
If you drill the North Slope people rise up and say “Nope!”
Darlin’ you can’t drill the North Slope.

Darlin’ you can’t take it from Iraq, (2x)
If you take it from Iraq there is major blow back,
Darlin’ you can’t take it from Iraq.

Darlin’ you can’t frack natural gas, (2x)
If you frack natural gas, that’s a gas we ought to pass!
Darlin’ you can’t frack natural gas.

Darlin’ you can’t drill anywhere, (2x)
You can’t drill anywhere, there’s too much carbon in the air,
Darlin’ you can’t drill anywhere.

Let's Frack

Music: Get Back (Lennon-McCartney) New words: copywrite 2013 Bernard Gilbert        Download printable version
Let’s frack let’s frack,
Let’s frack like fracking is the best.
Let’s frack, let’s frack,
Let someone else clean up the mess!

Big Oil sees the fields, and Big Oil wants a pipeline,
Big Oil’s fracking everywhere.
Big Oil knows that fracking causes global warming
Big Oil really doesn’t care.


Don’t talk about the steam that comes out of your faucet,
Don’t talk about the toxic salts,
Don’t talk about the solvents leaking in the water,
Lets frack along an earthquake fault!


Talk economic growth, don’t mention conservation,
Say our nation must expand,
Say that there are jobs depending on this fracking
Salute the flag, strike up the band.

Chorus (2x)

Red River Frack

Sung to Red River Valley, new words by Mainstreet Moms & Occupella        Download printable version

Please don’t frack up our land in the Valley,
We must leave all that oil in the ground,
Why not use other ways to get power?
Lots of sunshine and wind all around!

Come & sing for this land if you love it,
Come and rally with thousands to say,
“Gov'ner Brown, you had best pay attention,
We must ban fracking, starting today!”

Occidental Petroleum wants profits,
They don’t care if they poison our state,
But if all of us shout out, “No Fracking!”
We can ban it before it’s too late!

Standing Rock

To the tune of "Yellow Rose of Texas"
New words by Nancy Schimmel & Bonnie Lockhart

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The Dakota Access Pipeline
Is a pipeline straight from hell
And where it meets the river
They're bound to have a spill
A lot of Sioux from Standing Rock
Are standing 'gainst the pipe,
They know the safety promises
Are just a lot of hype.

It's a company in Texas
That threatens Standing Rock
Kelcy Warren owns it
Or he owns a lot of stock
This Warren gave Republicans
A million and a half
So in every bill in Congress
He'll own a paragraph

You oilmen down in Texas
It's time to get a clue
Your oil thing is over,
Quit belching CO2
The tribes have come to tell you
From Oneida to Lanai
Leave the oil in North Dakota
And kiss fossil fuel goodbye

Take Me Out of the Big Banks

(Take Me Out to the Ball Game)
Betsy Rose and Nancy Schimmel        
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Take me out of the big banks
Take me out of their game
The credit union can have my dough
I'll cut up my credit cards, pay as I go
And it's root root root for the small banks
Give them our business and thanks
And it's 1, 2, 3 million more and we'll close big banks

Take me out of the big banks
Citibank for a start
They put our money in pipes for oil
That leak in the water and poison the soil and its
Root, root root for the people
Standing up to their claim,
And it's 1, 2, 3, put them out
It's a new ball game!

Valero Oil Trains

Tune: Yellow Rose of Texas       
Words: Nancy Schimmel and Bonnie Lockhart

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Valero Oil of Texas 
Is not the oil for me,
They want to ship explosive crude
But the people disagree
‘Cause the tank cars are not safe enough
For the North Dakota crude
And if a few tip over,
You know we will be screwed.
They plan to send a hundred cars
Each and every day
To their big refinery
In Benicia by the Bay,
This crude makes more pollution
Than we already get
They think they can roll over us
But they ain't seen nothin’ yet.

Valero Oil of Texas 
It’s time to get a clue
That fracked-out oil's a menace
Besides, there’s CO2,
So in every city on the route
And every farm and town
Let's all stand up and holler
“Leave the oil in the ground!”

We Are Gonna Stop the Fracking

Tune: I've been Working on the Railroad, new words by Jack Lucero Fleck, additional words by Occupella
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We are gonna stop the fracking, all the livelong day,
We are gonna stop the fracking in Californ-i-a
Can’t you see the climate changing? Dirty oil your time is done,
Can’t you see the clean solution? Water, wind and sun!

Water wind and sun, water wind and sun,
Water wind and sun, you time has come!
Water wind and sun, water wind and sun,
Dirty oil your time is done!

Someone’s in the backroom with big oil,
Someone’s in the backroom we know---
Someone’s in the backroom with big oil, Sacramento, just say “No!”

And we say
Fee, fie, fracking’s got to go, fee fie, fracking’s got to go-o-o-o
Fee, fie, fracking's got to go, Sacramento, just say “No!”

What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor

Stephen Zunes remembered the Exxon Valdez verse from somewhere and Nancy Schimmel wrote the rest.
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What shall we do with a drunken sailor? (3x)
Earlie in the morning?

Make him the skipper of the Exxon Valdez (3x)
Earlie in the morning.

What shall we do with the tar sands crude? (3x)
Earlie in the morning?

Put it on a train that runs through Berkeley, (3x)
Earlie in the morning.

What shall we do with the fracking water
Earlie in the morning?

Pump it underground and cause an earthquake
Earlie in the morning.

What shall we do with the toxic coal ash?
Earlie in the morning?

Dam it up and spill it in the river
Earlie in the morning.

What shall we do with the carbon profits
Earlie in the morning?

Buy a yacht and a politician
Earlie in the morning.

Zipper Songs

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1. No fracking
2. Big O-il
3. No 1%
4. No Corporations
5. No lobbyists


1. There's no fracking
2. Solar power
3. No fossil fuel
4. There's Climate Justice
5. There's Conservation
6. Jobs & Justice
7. Come & ride with us on the bus


1. No more oil dependence, we shall not. . .
2. No more fracking
3. Fund green jobs
4. Subsidize solar
5. Fossil fuel's a dinosaur
6. Chevron pay your taxes
7. No, no, no nos moveran (x2) Como un arbol, firme junto al rio, no nos moveran
8. Green Power to the people

To the tune of She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain
1. We'll be ending oil dependence when we come
2. Saying "No" to fracking
3. Subsidizing solar
4. Funding green jobs
5. Curbing our consumption
6. Riding in the bike lanes
7. Challenging the power
8. Making peace on earth