Warm is Not Cool: A Musical Protest

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A Protest Against Inaction on Global Warming

THE GLORIOUS RABBLE, with
THE HORNS OF INFINITE JUSTICE, and
THE DRUMLETARIAT.

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Join us!
Get the lyrics on your mobile – or print them!
The songs and chants, videos and the lyrics, are below.
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The long awaited first public outing was on Sunday 19 June 2016.

A marvellous experiment in public protest, inspired by the New Orleans brass bands, the English football crowds, and Brazilian samba.  We brought our delicious hybrid to the streets.

It was highly enjoyable, highly effective and downright dead, dirty funky. The three contingents of voice, horns and drums intersected in every cool way possible as we protested the woeful lack of attention in these election weeks to the elephant in the policy room: CLIMATE CHANGE.

To get people started, we had a rehearsal in public on the steps outside the Victorian State Library.  Here we are, learning and brushing up our songs, chants, and grooves.

After this warm up,  we strutted our stuff at the old shot tower in the Melbourne Central Arcade.  (Sorry I think you need to be owned by Facebook to see the next two videos.)

A view from ground level
https://web.facebook.com/Nancy.a.casa/videos/10206440165870954

A view from the arcade balcony
https://web.facebook.com/stephen.taberner.9/posts/10154342463273623

Later we were in the Melbourne City Square

Then we did our thing in Federation square.
And then called it a day.

Warm is not Cool: The Sequel: Sunday 26 June:

Video of us in Melbourne Central again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS0b37BoZOw

 

The songs and chants: Lyrics and tunes

Not too many words.  Lots of repetition, harmony and jive
https://soundcloud.com/maninthe17throw

****** Song: Warm is not cool

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos

Warm’s not cool

Warm is not cool
Warm is not
Warm is not
Is not

Yo de aye
Warm is not cool

Did you know that’s the case so
We got to fix up this place

We don’t want to mess up the future

***** Song :  A message to you Turnbull

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos

Stop your messing around
Better think of our future
Time to straighten right out
This problem in town

Turnbull, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull

22 percent of the reef is gone
Turn the coal off.  Turn the solar on

***** Song 3: Malcolm

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos.
Each part: bass, mid and top is separate on sound cloud.

Words:
Malcolm Turnbull’s got a very nice face
So let’s find him a lovely job in another place

***** Whatcha gonna do:  Call and Response Chant

Whatcha gonna do                  What
When the world gets hot      What
Whatcha going to do               Whatcha going to do
What                                                  When the world gets hot
What                                                  Whatcha going to do

Then Repeat

Try this chant while listening to the above video of us outside the State Libary.

***** Chant: Coal Don’t Dig it

Coal don’t dig it
Leave it in the ground
You’ve gotta get with it

Origin

Stephen Taberner taught us these songs and chants
www.stephentaberner.com

He knows how to work a group!
Here he is leading the Spooky Men’s Choir at a folk festival in Shrewsbury, England.  Good song.  You might even laugh.

As you might be able to tell, I’ve borrowed a lot of these “dirty funky” words from Stephen’s event promotion.

Andrew Gunner

3 thoughts on “Warm is Not Cool: A Musical Protest”

    1. Hello Jane
      What a great idea.
      I forwarded your request to Steve Taberner.
      He organised our musical demo
      Some of our audience danced to our music – one of the most positive responses to a demo.
      Andrew G

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