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Flying… (Smy)

I have a friend, who lives in Bantry Bay,
His lover lives 400 miles away,
…so far by ferry, bus and train…it takes all day

He knows flying is a climate crime,
But he doesn’t have the money and she doesn’t have the time,
And when it’s cheaper to fly than to park at the airport…
What would you do? (x 2)

Chorus:
I will recycle,
I’ll use my bicycle,
I’ll walk into town,
I’ll turn the heating down,
I’ll fill my kettle halfway,
Listen to everything else you say….
But don’t take my freedom away,
Don’t take my holidays,
Don’t take my time away,
Don’t take my wings away….

I always thought I’d be by my sister’s side,
When she gave birth to her first child,
And I’d love to see my Grandma again before she goes…all the way…
Now they live so far away,
Australia and the USA,
What the hell will I say if they need me?
What would you do? (x 2)

Chorus

Spoken
Official sources say that we need to reduce our CO2 emissions to between,
1 and 2.5 tonnes per person per year if we’re to stabilize the atmosphere…
The government, on our behalf, consumes between 1 and 2 tonnes per year
On street lights, hospitals and fighting wars
1 return flight to Sydney Australia produces 10 tonnes of CO2 per passenger

I discovered so much of who I am,
Sitting in deserts in the sand,
Nothing and no-one to get in the way…no bills to pay…
I love lying in the sun and swimming in warm sea,
I don’t want to think about all the places I will never see,
Living is hard and flying is easy….
What will you do…?
What will we do…?

Chorus:
I will recycle,
I’ll use my bicycle,
I’ll walk into town,
I’ll turn the heating down,
I’ll wash my car with rags,
I’ll never use plastic bags,
My clothes are ethically made,
I drink my tea fair-trade,
I’ll offset my carbon debt,
By planting trees in Tibet,
And every 3rd world home will have an energy saving light bulb all of their own!
I’ll fill my kettle halfway,
Listen to everything else you say….
But don’t take my freedom away,
Don’t take my holidays,
Don’t take my time away,
Don’t take my wings away….
DOESN’T ANYONE GET A BREAK THESE DAYS
DOESN’T ANYONE GET A BREAK…

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