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Tears for law

January 22, 2008

Tears for law

Driving down the dusty road
   4 wheel drive locked all the way
   destination Dhanayangala
   passing families on the way
   tonight we’ll be sitting around
   talking till the campfire dies
   feeling the evening breeze
   eating the catch of the day
   just a few miles down the track
   is the Garrathiya run
   Gunumarra country
  
   Wanygurrkurr; Dhamungura; Djulwanbirr
  
   Mystery woman weeping tears of pride and joy
   Sound of thunder in the sky
   Turning into the falling rain
  
   Ganuru gay Milkarri gay Dhakiyanda Barangurrthun
   Ranggurrminythu Djalpinydhu Guyupayu
  
   We know they know all people accept
   Sacred history of the rock
   What has always been ours
   Was determined by the floods
   and the tears the tears they cried
   Madiwirr Liyawanhurr wisdom
   Passed down through the ages
   Mystery woman weeping tears of pride and joy
   Sound of thunder in the sky
   Turning into the falling rain
   Mystery woman weeping tears of pride and joy
   Sound of thunder in the sky
   Turning into the falling rain

World turning

January 22, 2008

World turning

I’ve been looking for you
   Searching for something new
   You keep my feet on the ground
   As you make my world turn around
   Keep sending me signals
   Don’t let me fall by the way
  
   And while the world
   Is turning right
   You show me the way
   To your heart
   ‘Cause when you call my name
   It’s like the worlkd
   Is turning right…
  
   Burrkuwurrkumi
   Raywa raywa raywuyuwa
   Wirrkul madayin
   Gaywagaywa gaywagaywa
   Ditjuman nyaku gayawak
   Raliya dhambal ngayili
  
   And while the world
   Is turning right
   You show me the way
   To your heart
   ‘Cause when you call my name
   It’s like the world
   Is turning right…
  
   Come on show me the way
   There is no turning back
  
   It’s turning right
   Well it’s turning right…
  
   I’ve been looking for you
   Searching for something new
   You keep my feet on the ground
   As you make my world turn around
   Keep sending me signals
   Dopn’t let me fall by the way
  
   And while the world
   Is turning right
   You show me the way
   To your heart
   ‘Cause when you call my name
   It’s like the world
   Is turning right…

Wirrkul girl

January 22, 2008

Wirrkul girl

Milindirri, yaliyali, walkuli munh’weyin
   Galangarr, butjarri malawani bakamana
   Burrut danydany, guwak
   Burrut danydany, guwak
   Burrut danydany, guwak
  
   Lakes of salt
   Hills of sand
   Burning bush
   This is our land
   Murrayana
   Yidaki man
   Guwak
   Holds the string for us
   Nyapililngu
   Roams the sky
   Across to me
   You’ve got to fly
   Wirrkul Girl
   Take me there
   Take me there
  
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   Where you gonna run to
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   Time is on your side
  
   The tide is in
   Rivers high
   Milky Way
   Across the sky
   Murrayana
   Yidaki man
   Holds the future
   In his hands
  
   Wirrkul Girl
   Take my hand
   Hold me tight
   It’ll be all right
   Wirrkul Girl
   Take me there
  
   Burrut danydany, guwak
  
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   With the feather in your hair
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   You’re the meaning in my life
  
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   Where you gonna run to
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   Time is on your side
  
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   With the feather in your hair
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   You’re the meaning in my life
  
   Burrut danydany, guwak
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   Burrut danydany, guwak
   You’re my Wirrkul Girl
   Burrut danydany, guwak
   You’re the meaning in my life

Good medicine

January 22, 2008

Good medicine

Can you dig it – Right on
Can you dig it
In a woman’s world
Can you dig it

Time has come to mention
It has come to our attention
Need good medicine
Got no time for lazy days
Or our artificial ways
Need good medicine

So stop what you’re doing
Put your soul on the ground
We can run this place
Outta space
Only so much land

I have been told
I am a lucky child
And respectfully
I can say
It’s cause I’m a woman

Can you dig it
In a woman’s world
Can you dig it
In a woman’s world
Can you dig it

Part of the attraction
Is to test my own reaction
Need good medicine
Got no time for any games
Minor superficial aims
Need good medicine

So stop what you’re doing
Stop you’re fussing around
We can set it straight
This place is out of hand
I have been told
I’m a lucky child
Confidentially I can say
It’s cause I’m a woman

In a woman’s world
In a woman’s world
Can you dig it
In a woman’s world
Can you dig it
In a woman’s world
Can you dig it
In a woman’s world

Can you dig it
In a woman’s world – Right on
Can you dig it
In a woman’s world – Right on

Part of the attraction
Is to test my own reaction
Need good medicine
Got no time for any games
Minor superficial aims
Need good medicine

I have been told
I am a lucky child
And respectfully
I can say
It’s cause I’m a woman

Can you dig it
In a woman’s world
Need good medicine

Back to culture

January 22, 2008

Back to culture

Back to culture
Take me onto culture
Yirrmal djungguwan
Back to culture
Take me onto culture
Yirrmal djungguwan

When you’re in line with beat
And you’re feeling so fine
And your feet can’t help but move
Join the circle of men
Women, children and friends
In the rhythm of love

Gaywa gaywa gaywa gaywa
Yirrmal djungguwan
Gaywa gaywa gaywa gaywa
Yirrmal djungguwan

The smile of a child
Sends a message of hope
Back to culture yeah
Beware of the storm
Of contradictions
The law is on my side

Gaywa gaywa gaywa gaywa
Yirrmal djungguwan…
Back to culture
Take me onto culture
Yirrmal djungguwan…

Gatju mak yawirriny
Bukmak yawirriny
Gatju mak yawirriny
Bukmak yawirriny
Yawirriny!!
Gaywa gaywa gaywa gaywa
Yirrmal djungguwan

When you’re in line with beat
And you’re feeling so fine
And your feet can’t help but move
Join the circle of men
Women children and friends
In the rhythm of love

Gaywa gaywa gaywa gaywa
Yirrmal djungguwan…
Back to culture
Take me onto culture
Yirrmal djungguwan…
Back to culture
Take me onto culture
Yirrmal djungguwan