Protest Songs

Climate Action Chants and Songs

"In a mass marketing culture a revolutionary song is any song you choose to sing yourself." - Utah Phillips


Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around (Traditional African-American, words modified)

Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around, turn us around
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around, gonna keep on strikin’, walkin’ and bikin’
Striking to save the world.

Ain't No Power

Ain’t no power like the power of the people (sun), 'cause the power of the people don't stop

Climate Change is Not a Lie

Climate change is not a lie, do not let our planet die

Climate Justice is What We Need

Climate justice is what we need, not billionaires and corporate greed
Climate justice is what we need, not pipelines and oily seas
Climate justice is what we need, not fossil fuels and cutting trees

Earth, Air, Fire and Water by David Greenfield

Earth, air, fire and water, we are Gaia's sons and daughters.
Fire, water, air and earth, let us bring the world to a new birth.
Earth, air, water and fire, a livable future is our desire.
Fire, water, earth and air, climate justice everywhere, climate justice everywhere.

Feel the Heartbeat of Earth
(To the tune of "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" new words by David Greenfield) 

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All the earth is a sacred place, all we see, hear, touch and taste.
CHORUS: Feel the heartbeat of Earth, hold on.
Hold on.  Hold on, feel the Heartbeat of Earth, hold on.
Sacred is each stream that flows, and the rain that falls and the wind that blows. (to chorus)
Love the earth, this blue white ball, Mother and dreamer of us all. (to chorus)
The spirit dances in all things, each forest, lake and river sings. (to chorus)
Let's join our hearts around this Earth, all nature has inherent worth. (to chorus)
Oceans, icecaps, islands, sky, all unite to turn the tide. (to chorus)
All the earth is sacred ground, love and peace keep it turning 'round. (to chorus)

Lead with Love by Melanie DeMore

CHORUS (sing 2x): You gotta put one foot in front of the other, and lead with love
Put one foot in front of the other, and lead with love

Don’t give up hope (don’t give up hope), you’re not alone (etc.)
Don’t you give up, keep movin’ on (to chorus)

Lift up your eyes, don’t you despair
Look up ahead, the path is there (to chorus)

I know you’re scared, and I’m scared too
But here I am, right next to you (to chorus)

No More Coal, No More Oil

No more coal, no more oil; keep that carbon in the soil

One Heart Beating by Sue Kirkpatrick

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1. We are one world, one voice, one heart beating
2. We are one world, we are one heart beating, we are one world, one heart beating
3. Everybody living in this world, everybody’s got a voice, let’s use it
Everybody living in this world, one heart beating

People Gonna Rise Like the Water

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People gonna rise like the water, we’re gonna face this crisis now
I hear the voice of my great granddaughter sayin’ keep it in the ground

Protect the Earth, the Air, and the Water

Protect the earth, the air and the water, the earth, the air and the water (2x)
Rising, rising, rising, we are rising (2x)

Sing for the Climate
(Words by Nic Balthazar & Stef Kamil Carlens, music Italian folk song)

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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

Make it greener (make it greener), make it cleaner (make it cleaner)
Make it last, make it fast, 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 no more lies and do it now now now
We need to build a better future and we need to start right now

Solidarity Forever (New Millennium Lyrics by David Greenfield)

1. Come on and join the movement if there's passion in your soul,
To keep the earth a turning for a million years or so.
Come join your hands in struggle and tell everyone you know
That the movement makes us strong.

CHORUS: Solidarity forever, solidarity forever
Solidarity forever, the movement makes us strong.

2. In the new millennium, we must unite around the earth.
For a just and peaceful freedom we shall fight for all we're worth.
There will be a day of battle before the day of mirth,
But the movement makes us strong. (to chorus)

3. We gathered in Seattle, fought the WTO.
We haunted them from Washington to Prague to Davos.
From Qatar to Quebec City we have met them blow for blow,
For the movement makes us strong. (to chorus)

4. The corporations everywhere are shouting, globalize!
Believing if they're global they'll be out of sight and mind,
But we can mobilize resistance on a global protest line,
For the movement makes us strong. (to chorus)

5. The companies kick our world around like a bloody soccer ball,
But step by step we'll see the day when tyranny shall fall,
And a victory for one shall be a victory for all,
As the movement makes us strong. (to chorus)

6. As our brothers and our sisters join to fight the corporate right,
We are here to say we stand together in the fight.
Workers, farmers, men and women, north and south, let us unite,
For the movement makes us strong. (to chorus)

7. So come on and join the movement if there's passion in your soul,
To keep the earth a turning for a million years or so.
Come join your hands in struggle and tell everyone you know
That the movement makes us strong. (to chorus)

Spreading Deserts

Spreading deserts, rising seas cause climate refugees

They Can't Stop the Revolution

They can’t stop the revolution; we are the climate solution

The Tide is Rising by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Yotam Schachter

The tide is rising, and so are we! (3x)
This is where we are called to be (2x)
The task is mighty...
The land is holy...
The storm is raging...
The sun is shining...
The world is ready...

We are the Rising Sun (by Ravyn Stanfield)

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We are the rising sun, we are the change,
we are the ones we’ve been waiting for, and we are dawning

We are the Rising of the Moon

We are the rising of the moon, we are the shifting of the ground
We are the seed that takes root when we bring the fortress down

We Are the Sun (by David Greenfield)

We are the sun.  We are the wind.
We are the new day, about to begin.
We are the wind.  We are the sun.
We are the new day.  We have begun.

We are Unstoppable

We are unstoppable, another world is possible

We Shall Not Be Moved (traditional African-American, words modified)

CHORUS: We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water, we shall not be moved

Oil and coal destroy the earth but we shall not be moved (2x)
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water, we shall not be moved (to chorus)

They’re fracking here, they’re drilling there . . .
Oil war hawks are swarming . . .
Fossil fuels must stop now...
We march for climate justice...
We’re fighting for the future,
Big Oil will not stop us, cuz...

Which Side Are You On (New Ecology Lyrics) by David Greenfield

1. Come all you good people, good news to you I tell,
Of how the living movement is coming here to dwell.

CHORUS: Which side are you on, which side are you on.
Which side are you on now, which side are you on? 

2. We have a choice of futures, it's up to me and you.
The good of all the earth or the profits of a few (to chorus) 

3. The transnational corporations are stretching far and wide,
Condemning all the planet to a bloody ecocide. (to chorus) 

4. But we're a planetary people reaching hands around the world,
Uniting in one energy that a new day may unfurl. (to chorus) 

5. Nothing that is worth fighting for shall be gained without a fight.
We will not be silent, we'll raise our voices and unite. (to chorus) 

6. Let us have a noisy summer to avoid a silent spring,
And stand up for the dignity of every living thing. (to chorus) 

7. Come people of all nations, men and women, young and old.
We shall weave a new tomorrow with the passion in our souls. (to chorus) 

8. All people of the planet wherever you may be,
Join the fight for peace and justice and sustainability. (to chorus) 

9. So come all you good people, good news to you I tell,
Come join the living movement, forever may we dwell. (to chorus)