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Beds Are Burning
song by tck tck tck
Released 1 October 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, Rock
Length 1 track
Label The:Hours
Producer The:Hours
video featuring Simon Le Bon
cover song

"Beds Are Burning" is a cover song by tck tck tck featuring Simon Le Bon, released by The:Hour record label on 1 October 2009.

About the song

The song was originally released in 1987 by the Australian rock band Midnight Oil, who in 2009 updated the lyrics. The reworked song was part of a mass media campaign on the threats of climate change organised by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, headed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The song was supported by over 60 musical artists with many appearing in the video including Simon Le Bon, the Scorpions, Amadou and Mariam, Andre, Brazilian Girls, Mark Ronson, Jamie Cullum, Melanie Laurent, Marion Cotillard, Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Lily Allen, Manu Katche, Bob Geldof, Youssou N’Dour, Yannick Noah and many more. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and French actress Marion Cotillard also added their voices to the cover version.

The track was first presented to the public at a launch in Paris (France) on 1 October, with the song and video promoted as a kind of musical petition to demand climate justice at the UN’s Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December 2009. The promoters also hoped the song would become the soundtrack of the Climate Justice movement, which is about linking the dangers of global warming and those who will be most affected, namely the world's poor.

This version of "Beds Are Burning" was produced by The:Hours record label, and was made available on all major music download platforms for free. Every download was to be considered a unique digital petition, with people adding their names to "demand world leaders reach an ambitious, fair and global deal at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen." More than 1.3 million people signed up to the campaign.

The movement for Climate Justice is focused on uniting and mobilizing people from around the world to raise awareness about Climate Justice and the human impact of climate change. The song by tck tck tck was part of the greater TckTckTck project, which symbolizes that (in the projects opinion) time is ticking down and urgent action is needed.

tck tck tck lyrics

Kofi Annan speach

Climate change is having a real impact on the lives of the individual 
and communities around the world

We must do something about it

In december in Copenhagen our leaders will have an opportunity to come 
up with a robust post-climate agreement

That is viable and we help make this planet a better place

Down at the river bed
The earth is cracked and 
dry instead
Farms are failing, cities baking
Steam in 45 degrees

The time has come
To take a stand
It’s for the earth
It’s for 
our land
The time has come
A fact’s a fact
The heat is on
No turning back

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

Heaven hopes we’ll find a cure
From Bejing west 
to Timbuktu
The global village lives and breathes
In 45 degrees