Spiritual

words by Paul Spencer 2016
music adapted from “Wade In The Water”  traditional Negro spiritual

1. If for any reason you want it to look,
Like you weigh a lot less than you do by the book,
Well it may not be honest or completely correct,
But you can take advantage of that buoyancy effect.

And get weighed in the water,
Get weighed in the water, children,
Weighed in the water,
God that’s a terrible word-play.

2. When you’re locked up in a prison cell,
You don’t get to know the guards that well,
But one introduced himself all the same,
He said “Pleased to meet you, Waiden’s my name”.

He was Waiden the Warder,
He was Waiden the Warder, children,
Waiden the Warder,
God that’s a terrible word-play.

3. Just the other night in a restaurant,
We’d all decided what we want,
But the waiters seemed to all be gone,
So I’m tryna tell the kids what’s goin’ on.

We’re waitin’ to order,
We’re waitin’ to order, children,
We’re waitin’ to order,
God that’s a terrible word-play.

It’s All For a Job

traditional Australian tune “It’s All For My Grog”
first parodied by John Patten (John’s chorus lyrics used here)
these verses by Paul Spencer

                       D                                      G                       D
1. Well they offered me a try, at a dealership nearby,
D                                                    A
Just washing cars and polishing the tyres,
D                                               G                        D
But the starting pay was nil, just to show I had the will,
D                              A                      D
And when I questioned that I wasn’t hired.

Chorus
And it’s all for a job, a poxy fuckin’ job,
You’ve nearly had enough of jobs forever,
But you have to pay the rent, and you’ve spent your final cent,
And you’d like to keep your felsh and soul together.

2. Well I followed up a lead, giving care to those in need,
And when they gave me training I was cheering,
But on the final day, instead of offering me pay,
They signed me up for months of volunteering.

chorus

3. Well the Job Network mob is meant to help you find a job,
But every single question I could bring them,
They hadn’t got a clue, and the best that they could do,
Was say “you tell me the number and I’ll ring them.”

chorus

4. Well there’s jobs in social change, but the way it works is strange,
The salaries they pay are just outrageous,
The entire funding cheque goes to paying one exec,
While the rest of us are off in search of wages.

chorus

When Coal Seam Gas Was New


The Carbon Canaries learning this song

traditional English tune “When Jones’s Ale Was New”
new words by Paul Spencer and John Spencer 2012

1. On grazing land that was priceless, a company sought a gas licence,
A company sought a gas licence, they’d have a jolly good spree,
They quickly came up with a marvellous plan,
To frack for gas all over the land,
And sell it to China and Japan,
When coal seam gas was new, my boys,
When coal seam gas was new.

CHORUS:
And they called for more wells and more land and more leases,
And oh the expansion it just never ceases,
And nobody mentioned all these increases,
When coal seam gas was new, my boys,
When coal seam gas was new.

2. Well at first it’s just exploration, a simple investigation,
A simple investigation, if only it were true,
For once the company passes the gate,
You’re likely to find you’ve left it too late,
With all their sweet-talking you’ve taken the bait,
When coal seam gas was new, my boys,
When coal seam gas was new.

CH

3. Well the next to come in is the drilling, no chance of anything spilling,
No chance of anything spilling, if only it were true,
There’s sodium hydroxide, ammonium persulfate,
Or muriatic acid or sodium borate,
Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate,
So drink your chemical brew, my boys,
So drink your chemical brew.

CH

4. When drilling down past the water, they seal it just like they oughter,
They seal it just like they oughter, if inly it were true,
The water flows out from the basin cracking,
And mixes with chemicals used in the fracking,
And all of it’s done with government backing,
The profits will go to a few, my boys,
The profits will go to a few.

CH

5. And when the mining is over, the land will go back to clover,
The land will go back to clover, if only it were true,
We can’t use the water, the poison’s still there,
The methane’s still leaking into the air,
And the company’s gone with never a care,
When coal seam gas is through, my boys,
When coal seam gas is through.

CH