Don't Go Frackin' Round in My Backyard

03:11 Download
Singer: Joe Crookston
Song by: Lisa Ann Wright

Story

I wrote this song when gas companies wanted to exploit landowners to lease their land for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) -- which in its entirely is bad for everyone, bad for people, communities, water quality, the environment, even financially it was detrimental to landowners. The only ones who benefitted would be the corporations, and their slick salespersons, the landmen.

Lyrics

DON’T GO FRACKIN’ ROUND IN MY BACKYARD

Landman went to see old Farmer Dan
Landman went to see old Farmer Dan
Said “Let’s sign a lease on all your land,
Get all the natural gas we can!”
Landman went to see old Farmer Dan

 

Now Farmer Dan is smarter than a fox
Knows he’s got what the landman hasn’t got
Said “I’ll sign your lease if it’s fair and square
An’ you leave me plenty clean water to spare.”
Farmer Dan’s got the landman in a box

 

And he said:
Don’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
Don’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
If you ain’t gonna keep my water clean
And try to pull a fast one on me, then
Don’t go frackin’ round in my backyard

 

The landman said “Now come on, Farmer Dan
Trust me, cause I’m an honest man
Trust the EPA, trust the DEC, and trust my Big Gas company
I tell ya true, I’m an honest man!”

 

Now Farmer Dan said “Wait a minute, son
I ain’t so keen on trustin’ anyone.
Ya gotta clean up any mess you make
And put back any ol’ water you take
I ain’t so keen on trustin anyone!”

 

Don’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
Don’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
If you ain’t gonna keep my water clean
And try to pull a fast one on me, then
Don’t go frackin’ round in my backyard

 

Well, the landman had enough of this charade
Gulped down the last of Dan’s lemonade
Said “You don’t have a choice and this is why,
Compared with us, you’re just small-fry!”
He left and cried “We’ll take it anyway!”

 

Farmer Dan jumped up and off his chair
Made a vow to himself then and there
“I’m gonna fight for what is right,
Get some honest to goodness oversight
And force them little snakes to start dealin’ fair!”

 

They won’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
They won’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
If they ain’t gonna keep my water clean
And try to pull a fast one on me
They won’t go frackin’ round in my backyard

 


They won’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
They won’t go frackin’ round in my backyard
They won’t go frackin’ round in my backyard