Molly Sells Mussels No More

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I was contacted by @Lemonseatron via a tweet requesting a song about ocean acidification after them hearing my song We All Own The Sky on the UNFCCC website. It was an issue I had wanted to write a song about for quite a while so this was the perfect opportunity. Molly Malone is the a well known character from a Dublin song and somehow the ghost of Molly has made it into this song. I added the first verse of the original song for anyone who may never have heard it just as an intro.
I hope it will help with the awareness of ocean acidification ahead of the Paris COP21 in December.

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Molly Sells Mussels No More Enda Reilly 2015
after tweet from @Lemonsea regarding ocean acidification

"In Dublin's Fair city where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheels her wheel barrow
Through the streets broad and narrow
Crying Cockles and Mussels Alive Alive O......" – Ch Fade

Will you stay placid as the sea turns to acid
And the sea shells are no more
The tide is turning the sea is fizzing
And Molly sells mussels no more

Maybe you don't know what's going on,
I’ll try to explain it to you
You may have heard we've been emitting far too much CO2

Well it goes in the air but just like cola
It goes in the water too

This turns the oceans more acidic
And makes seashells shells turn to goo

So, Will you stay placid as the sea turns to acid
And the sea shells are no more?
The tide is turning the sea is fizzing
And Molly sells mussels no more

The Sydney Morning Herald tells me
Krill are being killed by that same CO2
This affects fish, whales, seals, penguins and birds
Because Krill is the most basic food

And will you stay placid as the sea turns to acid
And the sea shells are no more?
The tide is turning the sea is fizzing
And Molly sells mussels no more

And the temperature is rising as well,
Which is causing the oceans to swell
Soon they will rise upon you
Then what will we do?

Will we be happy when the sea turns to jelly
From the surface down to the seafloor
The tide is turning the, sea is fizzing
And Molly sells mussels no more

And will you stay placid as the sea turns to acid
And the sea shells are no more
The tide is turning the sea is fizzing
And Molly sells mussels no more

Molly sells mussels no more
Soon she'll sell no sea shells I'm sure

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from Climate Change Songs, released January 3, 2011
Enda Reilly

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Enda Reilly Ireland

Enda Reilly is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist drawing influences from the likes of Christy Moore, John Martyn, Nick Drake and Dick Gaughan.
Rooted in the past with songs that strive for a better future, Enda Reilly’s work invites you to see the world from his varied and unique perspective through each new song.
Original songs in Irish and English, WB Yeats' poetry and collaborations.
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