Aussie singer/songwriter legend Paul Kelly has released a new song, complete with video and “pub choir” accompaniment.

Kelly was inspired to pen Sleep, Australia, Sleep by our government’s inaction towards climate change and environmental destruction.

Kelly has also just released an accompanying video, which is equal parts beautiful and horribly heartbreaking. Check out the lyrics beneath it.

Sleep, Australia, sleep
The night is on the creep
Shut out the noise all around
Sleep, Australia, sleep
And dream of counting sheep
Jumping in fields coloured brown

Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?
Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?
Sleep, Australia, sleep
As off the cliff the kingdoms leap
Count them as they say goodbye

Count down the little things
The insects and birds
Count down the bigger things
The flocks and the herds
Count down our rivers
Our pastures and trees
But there’s no need to hurry
Oh, sleep now, don’t worry
‘Coz it’s only a matter of degrees

Fog, Australia, fog
Just like the boiling frog
As we go we won’t feel a thing

Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?
Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?
Sleep, my country, sleep
As off the cliff the kingdoms leap
Count them as they pass on by

Our children might know them
But their children will not
We won’t know ‘til it’s gone
All the glory we’ve got
But there are more wonders coming
All new kinds of shows
With acid seas rising
To kiss coastal mountains
Big cyclones pounding
And firestorms devouring
And we’ll lose track of counting
As the corpses keep mounting
But hey, that’s just the way this old world goes

Sleep, my country, sleep
As we sow so shall we reap
Who’ll rock the cradle and cry?

Paul Kelly at JB Hi-Fi.