Songs for the Beeliar Wetlands: Original Songs by Local Musicians (Volume 1)

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A compilation of original songs written by various local artists supporting the campaign to save the Beeliar Wetlands in the south of Perth, Western Australia.

All proceeds go to www.rethinkthelink.com.au, a community-run campaign that believes there is a better solution to the proposed Perth Freight Link and the raft of economic, environmental and social impacts it will have on the WA community.

The entire album is available for $15, but generous donations above this are welcome! Individual songs can be purchased for $1 or more, and the individual song pages have details about each artist.

You will notice that this is Volume 1, because even more songs have been written about this historic community campaign (see Volume 2, alsofor sale on this Musicians for Beeliar Bandcamp page as of March 11, 2017).

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released February 25, 2017

Project Co-ordinator: Ginny Webb
Mastering: Joe Savage - Immersion Studios
Artwork: Marina Lommerse
Graphic Design: Tobias Busch
Tech Support: Dave Robertson

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Musicians for Beeliar Fremantle, Australia

The campaign to save the Beeliar Wetlands and Rethink the Perth Freight Link would not have been as powerful without music. These albums are the fruits of an amazing amount of creativity born of the campaign, by a diverse bunch of musicians passionate about the cause. ... more

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Track Name: Ginny Webb (From Little Strings, Big Strings Grow) - Beeliar Love Song
Beeliar Love Song © Ginny Webb 2017

You’re too precious to lose
I don’t wanna have to choose
Between red-tailed black cockatoos
And a six lane road that splits communities in two!

There’s no excuse
So many share my view
It’s giving us all The Blues so
Let’s tell the government it isn’t cool!

CHORUS
(Oh) Beeliar
How precious you are
Here on Nyoongar Boodja boodja boodja boodja

(Yeah) Beeliar
How special you are
Here on Nyoongar Boodja Boodja

Ancient stones and bones
Leave them alone
They belong to the First Nation
They need preservation

You’re the last refuge
Of the sweet bandicoot
Rainbow bee-eater too
In the wetlands biodiversity rules!

CHORUS
(Oh) Beeliar etc

BRIDGE
Say No to Roe
Let’s take it slow
We just don’t want it
So let’s stop it!

Those pushing this thing through
Haven’t got a clue
From anyone’s point of view
“They’re building a road to nowhere…”

I’d much rather
We fund the outer harbour
Down in Kwinana
Instead of this disaster!

CHORUS + Here on Nyoongar Boodja
“They’re building a road to nowhere…”
Track Name: Dave Robertson and The Kiss List - Oil, Love and Oxygen
Swiftly the ice is conceding defeat
The river of life is commencing retreat
Melting until just a trickle remains
It'll take millions of years to get flowing again
Its a shame

Oil, love and oxygen
Are the things we burn
On which we depend
Is it my concern?
Oil, love and oxygen

Massive extinction, event number six
Another species just drops off the list
When it can't adapt to the rate of this change
The children of men are fanning the flames
We are to blame

Oil, love and oxygen
Are the things we burn
On which we depend
Is it my concern?

The famous north west passage is open at the same time as the passage in the north east
Its the first time this event has happened in a hundred and twenty five thousand years at least
Its gonna cut four thousand miles off the journey from Germany to Japan
But we're still a ship of fools looking for oil, love and oxygen

My silence will not protect me
My silence will not protect me
My silence will not protect me

Oil, love and oxygen
Are the things we burn
On which we depend
Is it my concern
If these things should end?
Track Name: Nick Turner - Don't Build This Stupid Road
CHORUS
Don't Build Don't Build
Don't build this stupid road
Roe 8 so out of date 
Don't build this stupid road 
X2

Let the people have their say
Don't build this stupid road
Building Roe 8s not the way
Don't build this stupid road
X2

CHORUS X2

Stop the clearing right away
Don't build this stupid road
You're bulldozing our EPA
Don't build this stupid road
X2

CHORUS X2

UP TO G

This road to nowheres just so dumb
Don't build this stupid road
The outer harbour has to come 
Don't build this stupid road
X2

CHORUS X2

Billions wasted nothing gained 
Don't build this stupid road
Colin you should be ashamed
Don't build this stupid road

CHORUS X2

Back down to E

Elections coming you're going down 
Don't build this stupid road
So stop the clearing stop it now
Don't build this stupid road

CHORUS X2
Track Name: Simone Keane - A Wise Man
A long time ago, was a man
Oh so old, so wise
A teller of stories
Stories of creation
Stories of life
 He spoke of mountains moving
Of shape shifting earthquakes
He spoke of creatures and of spirits
And ancient sacred lakes
 He could see things nobody else could see
 He walked with animals
As tall as trees
He spoke of constellations
And inland seas
 He was a wise man
 He carried fire in his hand
Across this vast land
He knew when to light it up
And when to put it out
He was a wise man
Such a wise man.