Saturday, April 18, 2015

'Water Underground'

Water still a potential graveyard for politicians it seems.

This post content through from an ex-Lincolnite, promoting a song by Anthonie Tonnon...

"We're used to vocal (often artistic in one way or another) individuals like Sam Mahon who have been highly critical of the removal of the democratically elected Councillors in 2010 and the associated 'grab' for Canterbury's water. In recent times there has emerged another artist who has joined the fray  - though from a different perspective. Former Dunedin singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon, who I'd argue is also a great storyteller having seen him play live recently, has written and sung about arguably the core the government's 2010 decision Canterbury's groundwater, the Water Underground..."



I'm still in awe 
at how you pulled it all off 
and driving through the drylands 
seeing irrigators installed 
I think about the coup 
you turned the rules on themselves 
you engineered that miracle 
to free the water underground 

they said you'd never take the council down 
but you just found your way around 

called it a national crisis 
you were in bed with the press 
you understood from experience how to 
make it fast and hard to digest oh you 
left them dumbfounded, unemployable 
chose their replacements yourself 
all their science from the cities couldn't keep you 
from the water underground 

they said you'd never take the council down 
but you just found your way around 
nine years out of power 
you had time to think it out 

she was one of those friends 
followed the rabbit hole to its end 
and you knew what it meant 
to get involved 

and the industry couldn't help you 
no, none of the farmers who owed you 
they let you fight in that pit alone 

but with elections still on hold 
with the cattle turning up by the truckload 
you can hear the drills working now 
on that water underground

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