Carmel Charlton

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Precious Water - 2003

 

 

 

CD INFORMATION

 

Track 1   Water, More Precious Than Gold

Track 2   C Y O’Connor, I Wish You Were Here

Track 3   Water In Our Lives

Tracks 4,5 and 6

are backing tracks for you to sing along to.

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Acknowledgements:

Water, More Precious Than Gold

Vocals:  Carmel Charlton with Our Lady of Grace Primary School Choir, North Beach, WA.  Recorded and mixed by Andy Priest at Shelter Recording Studios, Wanneroo. WA.

C Y O’Connor, I Wish You Were Here

Vocals, guitar, Keyboards:  Carmel Charlton.  Electric Bass: Toni Italiano.

Electric Guitar: Stephen Mancini.  Drums: Bruce Fraser.  Recorded and mixed by Toni Italiano at Pet Rock Studios, Beechboro, WA

Water In Our Lives 

Vocals:  Isalyn Bessell-Browne, Briony Smith, Grace and Priscilla Gardner and Grace Cooper.  Harmony Vocals:  Carmel Charlton and Grace Gardner.  Guitar and Keyboards:  Carmel Charlton.  Electric Bass:  Toni Italiano.  Electric Guitar:  Stephen Mancini.  Drums:  Bruce Fraser.

Recorded and mixed by Toni Italiano at Pet Rock Studios, Beechboro, WA.


WATER MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD
Words and Music Carmel Charlton

Where would we be without water my friend?
Where would we be if God didn’t send the rain to make the rivers flow;
rain to make the grasses grow?
Young and old we know it’s MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD.

C. Y. O’Connor he knew what it meant.
He built a pipeline and water was sent to people in the dry outback;
people on the goldfields track.
Thirsty miners know its MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD.

Chorus
So treat it with care, let us all share.
Then there’ll be enough for everyone.
More precious than gold in a land so dry,
Let’s treat it like a treasure MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD.

The dams and the weirs are very low.
Still the need for water grows and oh, our underground streams
are getting lower it seems.
To every living thing they’re MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD.

There are gardens to water and showers to take; big swimming pools,
but for goodness sake, don’t waste a drop, (don’t waste it) we haven’t got a lot.

Chorus
So treat it with care, let us all share.
Then there’ll be enough for everyone.
More precious than gold in a land so dry,
let’s treat it like a treasure MORE PRECIOUS
THAN GOLD.
Where would we be without water my friend?                                                        
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C.Y. OCONNOR

Words & Music Carmel Charlton              

 

The Goldfields Pipeline carries fresh water from Mundaring to the Eastern Goldfields.  It was designed by Engineer-in Chief C Y O’Connor and completed in 1903. It is still the longest fresh water pipeline in the world today. 

 

Water was scarce, people couldn’t go on

Searching for gold in the blazing sun

Goldfields life was at its worst

Many died from typhoid, some died of thirst

 

C.Y. O’Connor delivered a plan

To build a pipeline through rocks and sand

Helena River would be the start

Where water would flow to the goldfields heart

 

Chorus

What would he say if he came back today that great engineer?

Having no doubt his plan would work

C.Y. O’Connor, I wish you were here

To see water pumped from Mundaring Weir

 

The longest pipeline the world had seen

In bygone days it was just a dream

People said: ‘It couldn’t be done!’

But O’Connor and his men proved them wrong

 

From Mundaring on through Southern Cross

Reaching the reservoir at Mt. Charlotte

Days were long, rewards were few

Somehow they would see, see it through         

 

Came that memorable day in nineteen hundred and three

When water, clear water flowed endlessly

To O’Connor now we pay our due

He made that goldfields dream come true

 

Chorus

What would he say if he came back today that great engineer?

Having no doubt his plan would work

A final note made it clear

Saying: ‘Put the wing walls to Helena Weir!’

A final note made it clear

Saying: ‘Put the wing walls to Helena’

‘Put the wing walls to Helena … Weir’.   I wish you were here                                 BACK TO TOP


WATER IN OUR LIVES
Words and Music Carmel Charlton

Listen to the rain falling from the clouds
Bringing welcome relief to thirsty ground
Life giving water, making rivers run
Some evaporates in the sun

Turn on a tap, water runs so clear
It’s been treated and purified on the way
Our water catchments, keep them litter free
We’ll make a difference in our community

Chorus
We value water, we need it everyday
All living things need water to survive
It’s the lifeblood of our land
Our future’s in good hands
Because we value water, water in our lives

No fertilizers please, where stormwater flows
It can run to rivers where algae blooms can grow
Our natural environment we’ll treat with care
Wetlands and oceans ‘cause lots of things live there

Spoken … Many people in our world don’t have enough to drink
Sung …. No running water pure and clean
Spoken … Let’s use water wisely, save every precious drop
Sung ….. We appreciate that we’re so lucky here

After it is treated, wastewater safely flows
Onward to the ocean or to inland ponds
Anywhere that water drains – be careful what goes down
In our homes and factories, in city, bush or town

Chorus
We value water, we need it everyday
All living things need water to survive
It’s the lifeblood of our land
Our future’s in good hands
Because we value water, water in our lives
Because we value water, yes we are water wise                                
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