Friday, 28 December 2007

Anywhere but here

I noticed a few articles in newspapers about wind farms being built in different areas and different objections to them so it begged for a song.

Listen to The Jack Stafford Foundation - Anywhere but here

By Jack Stafford

I had my epiphany
Under an English apple tree
Seeing the wind through the branches
I called it renewable energy
Finally to all men’s wrangling
I had the solution
I ran down the hill with sketched out plans
To show mum and dad what I’d done
They said, we both agree it’s a great idea
But you can’t build it here

VERSE 2 – house prices
OK said I, I’ll got to the village
Where they’ll welcome me with open arms
The gift of cheap electricity
Poor people are without qualms
So I was shocked to hear their unanimous cry
Are you out of your mind?
Do you know what it will do to house prices?
We don’t like your kind
We’ve all agreed it’s a great idea
But you can’t build it here

VERSE 3 - aesthetics
So I perfected my plans and searched the land
For a place for my designs
I’ll get somewhere far away from folks
And send the power back down the lines
So began my adventure
I went high to a mountain top
Far into the wilderness
Where only tourists stop

I was putting up my tent when
Conservationists sprang from behind a rock
This thing will sully the view my friend
Its construction we will block
We all agree it’s a great idea
But you can’t build it here

[Lead break]

VERSE 4 - light
Fine I said I’ll put it out of harm’s way
And build a farm for the wind
I bought up tracks of unwanted land
With no rights they could rescind
But the neighbours clubbed together
They’d read of flickering sunlight
It’ll worry our precious dairy cows
We’re going to put up a fight
We all agree it’s a great idea
But you can’t build it here

VERSE 5 - noise
Enough I said indignantly
I’m gonna take this to the city
There no one has the right complain
They use most of the electricity
So I made the acquisitions
And the appropriate submissions
But the local council said it will be too loud
We’re denying you planning permission
We all agree it’s a great idea
But you can’t build it here

From its flashing blades
I hear ice comes off

And from all the wear
Even the blades break off

Your dangerous propellers
Will cause too much fear

Instead we are
Going to go, for nuclear

VERSE 6 - birds
Even more determined now
I took the train to the coast
A deserted spot for miles around
Here I’d build my post
But then a gang of ornithologists
Surrounded me and said
This thing will cause carnage son
Go somewhere else instead
We all agree it’s a great idea
But you can’t build it here

VERSE 7 – carbon dioxide
Oh my God this is to save the planet
Fine I’ll go off to an island
There’s a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis
They’re sure to need the money
But environmentalists met me off the ferry
With tales of the carbon store
That building on this precious land
Would release into the atmosphere
We all agree it’s a great idea, yes
But you can’t build it here

VERSE 8 - dolphins
Exhausted I gave it one last shot
And out to sea I swam
Drilling into the ocean bedrock
Finally I’d see my plan
It was going well until these marine biologists
Dropped down their demands
The rumble will damage dolphin’s sonar
Head on back to land
We all agree it’s a great idea
But you can’t build it here

VERSE 9 – denmark
My body battered by the disappointment
My soul drained by the fight
I was only kept afloat by a vision
And the knowledge I was right
I drifted with the current
Unconscious with the fish
Until I was finally awoken
By a language I learnt was Danish
We hear you’ve a great idea