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"The Delta 5" song (complete) by Sharon Abreu

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Published on Jun 23, 2016

The Pacific Northwest is fast becoming a corridor for fossil fuel development. In September 2014, five citizens placed themselves in the way of that system, declaring it necessary to avert climate catastrophe. On January 11-15, 2016, they were tried in Snohomish County South District Court and convicted of trespassing. Their trial was historic in that they were allowed to argue for the "necessity defense", that is, that disobeying the law was necessary to prevent a greater harm. This song tells the story.

For more information, see http://delta5trial.org

words and music by Sharon Abreu
copyright © 2016 by Sharon Abreu
http://www.irthlingz.com

Lyrics:

The Delta 5
Sat down on the tracks,
Said no to the trains -
Now we have their backs.
The Delta 5
Knew what they had to do.
It's not just up to them -
It's up to me and you, too.

CHORUS:

Oh-ho- the Delta 5
Brave and loving souls
Keeping hope alive,
Oh-ho- the Delta 5
Said no to the trains
And the crude oil they drive.

The Delta 5
Got hauled off to jail,
But they had a mission
And they did not fail.
And when it was time
For them to go to court,
They found that they had more
Than a little support!

CHORUS

Their tripod descended,
Four seated at the base,
And up at the top
Abby was in place.
They stayed for eight hours,
A cell phone in mid air,
And on it Abby shared
Why they were there.

CHORUS

Trespass was the charge,
In the second degree,
And blocking a train -
They derailed the company.
The judge was fair,
Reconsidered their defense:
Necessity allowed -
A historic precedent!

CHORUS

The courtroom was full
Each and every day
Supporters there to hear
The defendants have their say.
The experts told of dangers -
Explosions and of deaths
Inflicted on the public
By corp’rate negligence.

CHORUS

The five-day trial made legal history -
As experts told of threats
To our community.
Then the judge denied
The necessity defense –
A disappointing blow
Handed down from the bench.

CHORUS

The judge said that he
Favored the defense,
But sadly he was bound
By legal precedents.
The judge felt bad
Delivering the punch,
So he gave them all
Ten extra minutes for lunch.

CHORUS

The five found guilty
Of trespass, though
Acquitted of the charge
Of not letting trains go.
And when the trial was over,
The judge agreed
The defendants are the kind of folks
Our country needs.

CHORUS

The trial a success,
The defendants stood tall.
Then they and the jurors
Hugged out in the hall.
Two of the jurors
Then joined the climate crew.
“Welcome to the movement!”
Said Mr. Minchew.

CHORUS

If you trespass to pull
A child from the flames,
The law says that you
Cannot be blamed.
The Delta 5
Said this is just the same –
With oil trains and climate change,
Our kids are in the flames.

CHORUS

The necessity defense
Was not to be
But the potential allowed
For public testimony.
The Delta 5
Taught the world a great deal.
Probation and small fines –
Now onto appeal!

CHORUS

The Delta 5
Are just like you and me -
They’re hard working people
With a family.
The Delta 5
Put themselves on the line
‘Cause the climate is in crisis
And we’re running out of time.

CHORUS

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • Sharon Abreu, Michael Hurwicz
  • Album

    • Songs to Save the Salish Sea
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • CD Baby (on behalf of Irthlingz Productions); CD Baby Pro (Publishing), CD Baby Sync Publishing, BMI - Broadcast Music Inc.

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