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“Jeff Aschmann’s songs, with his clear, mellow voice, echo the beauty and tragedy of Earth’s living environment in 2016. This musical champion of Australia’s environment sings to our human spirit with an inherent call for action. My experience is that art, including song, is an essential part of campaigning for a better world, and Jeff’s music both urges us on while nailing the wreckers and inspiring the protectors. Sing along. Get active. Vote Green for the environment which makes us all who we are.” Bob Brown 3


Humpbacks sing for the world

Sweet songs resonate through the sea sensual, mystical sound Melody may change from each verse to the next Humpbacks songs help the world spin around, turn around

They come from Antarctica headin’ up north past Narooma towards Hervey Bay They're Australian songwriters, the best on the coast with voices growing stronger each day It’s up there they breed, in warm nurturing waters Young calves play alongside They’re taught the right strokes, rhythm and notes sweet music a language to guide CHORUS Humpbacks they sing for the world sing for the changing times free with their kind, mammals of the maritime singing as they swim along

It’s time to return to that southland again singing songs and jumping for show Listening to the cheers from the headlands they hear “We’re sorry to see you go” CHORUS x 2

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Humpbacks sing for the world sing for the changing times voices of hope, in every sea note Humpbacks they sing for the world Humpbacks sing for the world


The Fish Song

CHORUS

CHORUS Mangroves and seagrasses, sanctuary zones are the nurseries of the oceans Mangroves and seagrasses, sanctuary zones for the fish in the sea.

Mussels, scallops, pipi, oyster, bloodworms, urchins, abalone, periwinkle, octopus, clams and crayfish; have a look. Threats to mangroves they include spills and toxic chemicals, tramping humans, climate change, dredging, building, “that’s insane”.

Mullet, bream, whiting, luderick, flathead, shellfish, crabs and prawns Leatherjacket, sea mullet habitat where fish can spawn

Kingfish, salmon, drummers, taylor, morwong, whiting, mangrove jack, Black cod, grey nurse sharks and rays groper, lobster on display

CHORUS x 2 for the fish in the sea.

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Woodchip chipmill

CHORUS Woodchip chipmill and bluechip stocks if we let them do their thing they’ll chip the lot Woodchip chipmill and bluechip stocks we’ve had enough – it’s got to stop we’ve had enough – it’s got to stop

CHORUS

Chippin’ native forest is such a crime should be using our plantation pine Please listen to what we have to say or we’ll continue with more blockades

Here we are at the old chipmill they’re loggin’ trees and chippin’ ’em still Sending our forest far away our politicians they’ve betrayed

CHORUS

We subsidise this awful gloom silent forest chainsaw doom Let’s stop the chainsaws from their rip by saying goodbye to woodchips

CHORUS

From an ancient forest to a cardboard box this silly practice should get the chop What will our sons and daughters say if we continue to chip their future away?

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CHORUS x 2


Pine for the eucalypt

Many million years ago Gondwanaland, Australian birth Isolation, climate change unique adaptation on the Earth

Woodchip, pinechip, bluechip stocks Memories, koala home Rural life, mum and dad plantation pine, crop unsown

In recent years the scenery’s changed New trees from a foreign land

Let’s pine for the the eucalypt Let’s pine for the the eucalypt Pine for the the eucalypt Pine for the the eucalypt

Boomerang, kangaroo cockatoos fly, lizards roam Eucalypts, Koori man southern land, now their home

Profits before heritage the ultimate sacrilege

Planting pine for the the eucalypt Planting pine for the the eucalypt Pine for the the eucalypt Pine for the the eucalypt

Profits before heritage only for the privileged

Let’s pine for the Eucalypt Let’s pine for the Eucalypt Pine for the Eucalypt Pine for the Eucalypt

Ancient forest forest lost Needle green and wombat gone Acid water, platypus Yabby drowns, no parrot song

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Stop the wrap

Stop the wrap! x 4

Fast junk food is everywhere wrapped in bags and boxes there They’ll eyeball you wherever you are When you're home or when you're far Paper comes from trees grown tall Should we use our forests at all? Stop!

Going to school used to be neat, Apples and oranges kids would eat But now it’s just another show Little packets are all the go Paper, chips and plastic dips Drinks with boxes, straws to sip Stop!

CHORUS

No lunch box or thermos glass Paper bags, oh how crass See them on the schoolyard ground or in the wind just blowing round It’s a sin, a waste of time someone has to clean the grime Stop!

While you’re walkin’ across the street bits of paper at your feet Watching the footy or at the Show seems it’s everywhere you go There's paper packing all around It drives you mad, it's unsound

CHORUS Stop the wrap, we can do it Stop the wrap, if we want to survive Stop the wrap, we can do it, you and I

Travelling is kind of cool flying high and burning fuel Sitting in those jumbo planes one can kind of go insane Paper cup and plastic bowl wrapped up in what? There’s a toll

So come on Aussie, make a stand the time has come, so let’s demand no wasteful packing if we can So the world will understand this way of life we can't sustain It’s time to act to clear our name Stop! CHORUS x 6 Stop the wrap! Stop!

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Save Australia (you and me)

CHORUS

We’ve got dune care, coast care, adoption of a beach Cleanin’ up Australia is really neat There’s stream watch, bird watch, and whale watch too The ACF does a job for you

The Wilderness Society is savin’ the trees Greenpeace sailing on the open seas We’ve got Friends of the Earth and we’re savin’ our seeds Is there anything else we really need?

There’s Australian Geographic and Habitat bird-watcher books and Animal Tracks Animal Hospital and nature shows Our ABC Radio everyone knows

We’re gonna save our place We’re gonna show the world We’re gonna do the right thing We’re gonna save Australia, you and me

CHORUS It’s two steps forward and one step back we’ve got to save Australia she’s lookin’ kinda slack Let’s care for her environment, can’t you see we’ve gotta try harder both you and me

You know it’s two steps forward and one step back We’ve gotta save our country cos she’s slidin’ off the track Yes, we’re gonna save Australia you wait and see Let’s all do it, you and me x2

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She met a mine manager in Darwin

She met her mine manager in Darwin It was a fly-in, fly-out kind of affair Romance on the run No time for any fun Her heart was an open pit over-burdened quite a bit

She moved in with her man out at the minefield Her life became a minefield after that got bull-dozed, nearly drowned she had to hide out underground Hitched a ride out on a coal train before she went insane

Then she moved in with her mother back in Darwin Mum said you didn’t listen to me She said you’re getting’ kind of old for chasin’ the black gold It’s time you changed your ways I’m sorry I must say that She met her mine manager in Darwin She met her mine manager in Darwin... 10


Black gold

There’s a valley north of Sydney everybody knows Dairy farms and vineyards, quiet country roads The horse studs, wine tasting trips, tourists come in droves Then there’s coal – Black gold

Discovered in the Hunter in 1798 Sailors turned to mining the coal to liberate Spread to Muswellbrook and Singleton took over farming holds The spread of coal – Black gold

Large Hunter projects sell out to foreign lands a loss of our autonomy, we’re slaves to their demands How can we fight the greenhouse when we sell our soil for coal – Black gold?

CHORUS How much nature can remain after coal mining claims our future Hunter Valley under overburden soil?

Times they have changed the world is not the same We’re chokin’ on the air can’t you see? Coal has lost its way clean power’s here to stay give me the sun and the wind and the hope for a better day

Let’s export the new, the time for us is now solar cars and panels our technology abounds Let's show the world that we really care We all share our precious air CHORUS x 2

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Give me the sun and the wind and a hope for a better day Give me the sun and the wind and a hope for a better day


El Niňo

He comes from Peru with the Spanish accent The Aussies all know him by accident The Yanks and the Brits, the French know him too He’s familiar to me and familiar to you His name’s on the news most every day He makes a lot of trouble wherever he stays Causes the floods, causes the droughts, cyclones and fires, you’d better watch out, for El Niňo, El Niňo, El Niňo, blame it on El Niňo

El Niňo’s been here for many a year longer than human life appeared so why must we blame it on El Niňo? El Niňo, El Niňo, blame it on El Niňo? Some people build houses close to the sea or near a flooding river, scary indeed We pray for the rain, we pray for the drought We try to manage nature, “things will work out” We’re clearin’ the trees, we're draining the swamps We’re damming the rivers, we do what we want. When things don’t work out, what do we do? Blame it on El Niňo

The cows won't milk, the chooks won't lay bad weather ruined your holiday The dog got lost, what do you say, as well your whole life’s gone astray Your girlfriend left you, who knows why Now you’re feeling mystified Your life appears to be in demise, blame it on El Niňo El Niňo, El Niňo, El Niňo, blame it on El Niňo blame it on El Niňo

El Niňo, El Niňo, El Niňo, El Niňo, El Niňo, El Niňo, El Niňo blame it on El Niňo El Niňo why not blame it on El Niňo? Blame it on El Niňo

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Keepers of the Land

I look around and what do I see? Global problems facing me Seems the planet's crying out She's asking for our help

The only way we're going to last is learning from our distant past Life's been here for many a year Please show us the way

CHORUS Sometimes we have to listen to the ancient voices coming through It's time we have to understand they are the keepers of the land Sometimes we have to readjust the words of wisdom telling us It's time we have to understand they are the keepers of the land

We've got pesticides and herbicides, genetic changes before our eyes No-one wants to take control what are we to do? People have been living here for many thousand years I think it's time to grasp the secrets of the past. The future's in our hands One last time for us to plan Let's all move forward now by looking back

CHORUS x 2 They are the keepers of the land x 2

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Dreamtime Christmas

There’s no drummer boy, no tall Christmas tree by our campfire that I can see Who were the three kings? Where’s Bethlehem? I’ve lived near Alice Springs since I remember when. CHORUS ’Cos in the dreamtime it’s Christmas all year round Peace on Earth and love abounds There’s no reindeer here, only silent nights for 60,000 years before Jesus Christ. We have peace on Earth, goodwill to all in our Dreamtime that I recall CHORUS In the Dreamtime Dreamtime

Don’t need drummer boys Don’t need Christmas trees We have our Dreamtime history In the Dreamtime Dreamtime x3

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The Deua River Dance

In southeast Australia, Yuin country flows a river so clean, no white man did see Came the English and Irish from the old country to settle the Great Southern Land

Bushrangers, goldmining stories were told transporting goods on rough Deua roads The floods and the droughts all tend to enhance the Deua River Dance

She starts from the coast, heads west inland through the ranges and gorges and tall timber stands then turns right around and heads back to the sea The Deua she dances with me

CHORUS

Today in this South Land she makes a last stance Still one of the best throughout the land My wish be my children’s inheritance the Deua River Dance

CHORUS Do the Deua Deua River Dance with luck of the Irish you’ll find romance With the glimmering beauty come take a chance with the Deua River Dance

CHORUS

Do the Deua River, Deua River, Deua River Dance

Francis Flanagan from Galway he came, Moruya’s first settler of Deua fame and Timothy Gannon from Ireland’s shores they began to farm the land 15


All of us are refugees

His father came from across the seas had a similar biography too Many people, colours and race simply searching for a better place

Her mother came from the desert lands riding camels over burning sands Like her grandmother embraced leading family to a better place

All of us are refugees we came from Africa across the sea not so different human kind searching for peace of mind (looking for a little sunshine) (searching for peace of mind)

CHORUS Ooh ooh, what’s wrong with that? Avoiding tragedy Ooh, ooh, what’s wrong with that? Running from misery Ooh, ooh, what’s wrong with that? Looking for an amnesty They had to flee, they had to flee

Soon we’ll be heading to outer space, searching for a better place It's a fitting eulogy once again we'll be refugees

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Ooh, ooh, what’s wrong with that? Searching for peace of mind Ooh, ooh, what’s wrong with that? looking for a little sunshine Ooh, ooh, what’s wrong with that? searching for peace of mind Ooh, ooh, what’s wrong with that?


The Coconut Song

CHORUS I wanna live my life like a coconut I wanna be free I wanna live my life like a coconut living in harmony

Some people seed children of their own far away in a distant home Some of us may lose our way like the coconut that goes astray

Coconut hang from the tall palm tree fall to the ground and float on the sea Pushed by the tide and wind and waves movin’ on to a different place

CHORUS

The coconut rough and dark on the outside sweet and smooth, light on the inside, People have an inside outside too, different colours, different hues

Some coconuts grow into strong palm trees some may die or lose their leaves Livin’ a life far away from where it began yesterday

So the people and the coconut are much the same, livin’ on Earth, part of the game Peace and harmony are overdue, all of us just passin’ through.

CHORUS

There’s a little bit of coconut in all of our lives Some of us sink and some survive Blown to the places and people we love we float through life under stars above

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2 x CHORUS living in harmony.


Music credits

All efforts have been made to include full names and correct spelling. Apologies for any mistakes or omissions.

Humpbacks sing for the world

words and music – Dayle Cryder, Pol O'Shea and Jeff Aschmann vocals – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals – Tracy Flynn choir – Candelo Street Singers guitar, keyboard – Pol O'Shea didgeridoo – Sanket Schmidt drums – Ken Vatche

The Fish Song

words, music, lead vocals and acoustic guitar – Jeff Aschmann debro, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, electric guitar – Col Anderson bass guitar – Pete Tiller production – Jeff Aschmann and Grant Luhrs at Flying Fox Studios 18


Woodchip chipmill

words and music – Jeff Aschmann vocals – Sharon Hendren, T. Bohun, Jeff Aschmann guitar – Jeff Aschmann, Peter Foy production – Phil Phree

Pine for the eucalypt

words and music – Jeff Aschmann vocals – D. Moore. Steve Jackson, Jeff Aschmann didgeridoo – Rod Slockee keyboards – Tony Ferrante guitars – Rod Motbey production – Tony Ferrante

Stop the wrap

words and music – Jeff Aschmann and Peter Squire vocals – Joel Squire and Jeff Aschmann trumpet, keyboard vocals – Peter Squire backing vocals – Jenny Bourne bass, production – Pol O'Shea

Save Australia (you and me)

words, music, lead vocals, ukelele – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals – Tracy Flynn guitar, keyboards, production – Pol O'Shea 19


She met a mine manager in Darwin

words, music and lead vocals – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals – Elisabeth Williamson guitar – Katherine Archer bass, mandolin and production – Lon Williamson

Black gold

words, music, vocals and guitar – Jeff Aschmann violin and mandolin – Andrew Clermont production – Stuart Havill

El Niňo

words, music and lead vocals – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals, hurro, charango, bombo, quenal – Marisol Pacheco bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, production – Pol O'Shea

Keepers of the Land

words, music, guitar, lead vocals – Jeff Aschmann didgeridoo – Rod Slockee backing vocals – Wendy Ford production – Stuart Havill

Dreamtime Christmas

words, music, lead vocals – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals – Tracy Flynn didgeridoo – Sanket Schmidt guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, production – Pol O'Shea 20


The Deua River Dance

music, words, guitar, lead vocals – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals – Ellie Jasprizza and Kate Jasprizza violin, whistle – Alex Mitchell accordion – Joe Baranowksi production – Phil Phree

All of us are refugees

words, music, guitar, lead vocals – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals – Wendy Ford bass – Ross Bruzzese marimba – Russell Fletcher keyboards, production – Stuart Havill

The Coconut Song

words, music, guitar, lead vocals – Jeff Aschmann backing vocals – Rose Brown production – Stuart Havill

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artwork credits Design and artwork (unless otherwise specified) by Catherine Moore Thanks to Paul from Artplan for transposing graphics and lyrics to camera-ready artwork for production front cover and p. 1 crown jewel, 2015, oil and watercolour pencil on circular timber panel, diameter 300mm x depth 20mm; lettering, 2016, watercolour pencil on paper pp. 2,3 traditional custodian, Maningrida, NT, 2014, digital photograph by Jeff Aschmann p. 4 Humpback whale, NSW south Coast, (detail), 2015, digital photograph by Nick Hopkins p. 5 Moruya mangroves, 2016, digital photograph p. 6 native forests chipped, Eden Chipmill, NSW, 2015, digital photograph by Nick Hopkins p. 7 after the pine harvest, Charleys Forest Rd, SE NSW, 2016, digital photograph p. 8 packaging montage, 2016, digital photograph p. 9 environment groups montage, 2016, digital image p. 10 ash-pond open-cut and Bayswater power station, Hunter Valley, 2011, digital photograph by Jeremy Buckingham, Greens NSW MLC p. 11 turbine V, 2009, oil on canvas, 405 x 203mm and coal close-up, digital photograph,(http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/2.0) p. 12 Cracked (detail), 2007, oil on canvas, 305 x 405mm p. 13 Arnhem Land celebration, Numbulwar, NT, (detail), c2011, digital photograph by Jeff Aschmann 22


p. 14 p. 15 p. 16

p. 17 p. 23

large Magellanic cloud, date unknown, public domain and creative commons section, Canberra Astronomical Society website (casastronomy.org.au) Deua River, Moruya Road, 2016, digital photograph Mohsen and me, Tianjara Falls, SE NSW, 2015, phone selfie by Mohsen Pakravan. Mohsen came to Australia from Iran via Indonesia. He has a bridging visa but may be sent back to his country of origin under Coalition policy. If that happens, he is likely to be tortured and maybe even executed as an atheist. As a non-Indigenous Australian citizen, I am also descended from boat people. coconut on Brou Beach, NSW South Coast, 2016, digital photograph ring (detail), from valuables series, 2015, watercolour pencil and oil on gesso on masonite panel, 100 x 100mm To see this booklet online, please visit artandactivism.com.au CD manufactured by madcds.com.au booklet printed on 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper

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“These songs are dedicated to all those who stand up for the Earth and for social justice.”

Jeff Aschmann was born in New York and grew up in Wisconsin. In 1973 he came to Australia on a surfing trip and stayed. He taught Environmental Science and Geography in Sydney and moved to Moruya on the NSW South Coast in 1979, working on many environmental issues and campaigns, including forests and woodchipping, the Upper Deua, Eurobodalla Park, Cullendulla Creek, the Charcoalition and the Majors Creek goldmine. For most of the time he lives on the Deua River, managing a small holding based on permaculture principles, and works for a few months each year teaching music in remote Aboriginal Communities. There he has become involved with supporting the traditional custodians in their opposition to oil and gas mining, fracking, and inappropriate development. In 2016 Jeff was awarded the Tamworth Song-Writing Association “Alternative Country/Blues/Bluegrass Song of the Year” for I don't need no plastic Jesus (I got my GPS). He is a long-time member of The Greens.

© Jeff Aschmann 2016 jeffaschmann@hotmail.com +61 457662000

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1. Humpbacks Sing for the World (3.00) 2. The Fish Song (2.53) 3. Woodchip Chipmill (3.02) 4. Pine for the Eucalypt (3.34) 5. Stop the Wrap (3.14) 6. Save Australia (you and me) (2.45) 7. She Met a Mine Manager (in Darwin) (2.59) 8. Black Gold (3.30) 9. El Niňo (3.00) 10. Keepers of the Land (3.12) 11. Dreamtime Christmas (3.58) 12. The Deua River Dance (4.16) 13. All of Us are Refugees (3.23) 14. The Coconut Song (3.34)

“This musical champion of Australia’s environment sings to our human spirit with an inherent call for action.” Bob Brown “Jeff’s music springs from the heart and soil of our planet. He doesn’t just play it – he lives it too.” Jackie French

“Jeff sings his life through his songs. You see who the man really is through his music, a crusader for environmental and human rights issues.” Vince Jones 25

Songs for the planet  

Here is the 24 page booklet with all the lyrics for Jeff Aschmann's new CD, “songs for the planet”.

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