Let Her Be (Frack Free) – my variant on a classic song

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[EDIT: 1/2/2014: Modified to include embedded YouTube video, and other text changed after the lyrics. The lyrics have also been changed in minor ways, to reflect the recording on 30 January – but only by removing the odd “ah” and “yeah” which were clearly ad libbing in the original Beatles track!]

When the earth finds herself in times of trouble
She doesn’t say to me
Speaking words of madness, frack me
And in this time of struggle
She is lying right under me
We speak words of wisdom, let her be
Let her be, let her be
Let her be, frack free
Whisper words of wisdom, let her be

And when the ordinary people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let her be
For though we are divided
There’ll be many chances for us to see
That we can take over, and let her be
Let her be, let her be
Let her be, frack free
Yeah we can overthrow the frackers, let her be
Let her be, let her be
Let her be, frack free
Whisper words of wisdom, let her be

Let her be, let her be
Let her be, frack free
Whisper words of wisdom, let her be
Stop pollution of the water
There is still a sun that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let her be
We wake up to the sound of drilling,
Mother earth says to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let me be
Let me be, let me be
Let me be, frack free
Oh there could be tidal power, let her be
Let her be, let her be
Let her be, frack free
Oh there will be an answer, let her be
Let her be, frack free
Whisper words of wisdom, let her be

Copyleft Steve Wallis, 26 Jan 2014 (slight modifications 30 Jan 2014 as explained at top).

Watch a music video for this track on YouTube (if you can):

If you want to share the video on a social networking site or embed it within a web page (like I did on this blog), go to the page for the video on YouTube. You can alternatively share the whole of this post via another WordPress blog, Twitter or Facebook by clicking on a link at the bottom of this blog entry (before the comments). I don’t expect the video to go viral, but it could get quite a large number of views…

If you have problems with YouTube (due to censorship or bandwith problems), try listening to the track on SoundCloud. You can find all tracks by the band Fruity Frank and the Frisky Freaks at http://soundcloud.com/fruity-frank.

When I said “copyleft” above, I meant that if other bands want to record it for non-commercial purposes, or if other singers and musicians want to perform it at protests, they are welcome to as far as I am concerned. Hopefully John Lennon’s estate (or Paul McCartney although YouTube prompting suggested he wasn’t the author of this particular Beatles song) won’t raise too strong objections…

One thought on “Let Her Be (Frack Free) – my variant on a classic song

  1. Other posts I’ve placed on this blog about fracking are as follows:

    #bartonmoss Anti-Fracking camp forced Cameron’s council bribe, peanuts for residents, is tidal power a better way?

    Radioactive wastewater, radium 90 times background levels, without treatment facilities, puts fracking future at risk

    For further information and to debate fracking and alternatives (I advocate renewable sources of energy, particularly tidal power in island countries like Britain and concentrating solar power in countries with a lot of sunlight as shown in the video), there are a lot of groups/pages on Facebook, including a page of mine called No fracking worldwide, particularly in or near towns/cities (emphasising the effect on working and lower middle class people).

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