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Lyrics written while touring through Kiwirrkurra Community. Momma earth is mourning the fact that fracking is coming to the canning basin to destroy her. It is a song about the potentially devastating consequences, the aftermath of our children’s heritage cleaning up the mess of this careless deed by huge mining companies.

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Baby, don’t cry for momma, don’t cry for me,
They are coming with their money & their greed.

Gonna drill holes in me baby, gonna suck the life outta me,
Crushin and a-grindin’ and poisinin’.

Fixin’ what’s left offa me baby, fixin’
Your children’s children, will be their heritage.

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from Heroes & Laments: Walmatjarri Stories, released April 1, 2015
Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) - Vocals
Lucky Oceans - Pedal Steel, Dobro
Steve Pigram - Harmonica, Vocals
Rob Findlay - Bass
George “The Bull” Mil - Drums, Percussion
Dave Mann - Mandolin
James Newhouse - Percussion
Richard Watson - Organ
Produced: James Newhouse

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Olive Knight Saint George Ranges, Australia

Olive, from the small and remote community of
Wangkatjungka. A Walmatjarri woman born in the desert, Olive Knight’s traditional name is Kunkuwa. She remembers nullanullas thumping the bare earth, clap sticks and boomerangs, and the rhythmic songs of her forefathers. Now working on her second album, Olive has a vision to see her people heal and believes music is an integral part of this process. ... more

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