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Lyrics inspired by Big Bill Broonzy, “A Worried Mind” recorded 1957. Story of me and my people, stuck in some Kimberley towns, can’t get away because alcohol, drugs and bad fast food is keeping and crippling us down here. One day we shall get up and decide to go back to our beloved land and country no longer to be weighed down by these crippling realities.

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Siddaan heya jinkini baad blaa kantri.
(Sitting here, thinking about country)

Sumting puddu waid laa mi.
(Something is weighing me down)

Grog an gunyja an noogud one mangarri puddu waid laa mi.
(Alcohol and gunja, and bad food are weighing me down)

Mind naad jingini baad gud wai an clia.
(My mind is not thinking clear)

Ayi garra girrup an goobaik laa kantri.
(I will get up and go back to country)

Naad garra lirrim baad grog an gunyja an noogud one mangarri purru waid laa mi.
(Will not let alcohol and gunja, bad food weigh me down)

credits

from Heroes & Laments: Walmatjarri Stories, released April 1, 2015
Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) - Vocals, Guitar
Lucky Oceans - Pedal Steel
Rob Findlay - Bass
George “The Bull” Mil - Drums
Dave Mann - Mandolin
Richard Watson - Harmonium
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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