Firies' Song

by Les Thomas

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Firies’ Song is a Country Fire Authority fundraising track written by Melbourne singer-songwriter Les Thomas on the 31st of December, 2019 while this summer’s horrific bushfires were at their peak in Southern NSW and Far Eastern Victoria. What started with a few simple lines of verse, has grown into an authorised volunteer firefighters fundraiser, expressing deep gratitude and admiration for the work being done on the front lines.

All proceeds from the song will go to The Trustee for Country Fire Authority & Brigades Donations Fund
www.paypal.com/au/fundraiser/112574447199339912/charity/3509988

“I’m hoping as many firies hear this song as possible, because I know I’m not the only person who feels profoundly grateful for the sacrifices they make to keep people safe. In a lot of ways they exemplify the best of us in their generosity, courage and commitment and we I feel we need to honour that now more than ever”, says Les Thomas.

“If this song can help celebrate their contribution and be part of inspiring people to rightly donate to firefighting services, it will have fully achieved its purpose. As we sing in the chorus: We’re glad you’re here.”

“During this bushfire crisis, a lot of us have asked what can we do to help? So I’m especially proud to have worked with such a dedicated team in bringing this song to life. Brooke Russell, Damian Cafarella, Lachlan Dorse, Justin Bernasconi and Christopher Sprake have all generously and thoughtfully donated their time and exceptional talents without hesitation.”

Firies’ Song will be available on all digital platforms and airit.org.au from Friday, 16 February. The officially approved fundraising period (Registration Number AA049) extends until 9 May, 2020.

lyrics

Fire warnings, It’s time to go
Dispatch signals on the radio
It’s not the first time, you’ve been called in
But it’s the worst time there’s ever been

Tankers take you to danger zones
Among the embers you’re saving homes
Silhouetted by the flames
Mourning losses and counting names

To all you firies out on the front
Who stare down danger, who bare the brunt
The men and women who form the ranks
You give your utmost and we give our thanks

When the sky goes dark, we’re glad you’re here
When the fire roars, we’re glad you’re here
In the heat and ash, we’re glad you’re here
When there’s no way out, we’re glad you’re here

This great inferno, so hard to tame
So many lives now won’t be the same
The toll on creatures, on mortal men
How will we head off the same again?

It’s late December, no end in sight
Through hot and dry winds we see you fight
We can’t imagine what you’ve been through
But we’re so grateful for what you do

To all you firies out on the front
Who stare down danger, who bare the brunt
The men and women who form the ranks
You give your utmost and we give our thanks

When the sky goes dark, we’re glad you’re here
When the fire roars, we’re glad you’re here
In the heat and ash, we’re glad you’re here
When you stand so brave, we’re glad you’re here

credits

released February 13, 2020
Written, recorded and produced by Les Thomas
Mixed and mastered by Christopher Sprake

Les Thomas: voice and acoustic guitar
Brooke Russell: harmony vocals
Damian Cafarella: bass, Nashville guitar, drums and additional percussion
Justin Bernasconi: electric guitar
Lachlan Dorse: piano

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Les Thomas Melbourne, Australia

Les Thomas is a Melbourne singer-songwriter and storyteller, known for his compelling lyrics, catchy melodies and engaging live performances.

“Les Thomas makes me want to be a better person . . . he’s a bloody good singer-songwriter.”
— Timber and Steel

"It's people like Les Thomas that keep the origins of folk forefathers alive and true." — Lauren Duiker, The Orange Press
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