Leading Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly is about to release a powerful new single that tackles Australia’s lack of action on climate change and environmental destruction.

Entitled Sleep, Australia, Sleep,  Kelly says the song is both “a lament in the form of a lullaby” and “a critique of the widespread attitude among humans that we are the most important life form on the planet”.

Kelly told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that he believed we have “reached a tipping point where this attitude is doing terrible harm to all life on earth. I hope the song doesn’t come true but someone of it already has.”

The lyrics of the song, published exclusively ahead of its release on Wednesday, talk of a country that is sleeping its way towards massive destruction of the planet and its species: “Our children might know them but their children will not. We won’t know ’til its gone all the glory we’ve got.”

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