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Lyrics written while on tour through Kiwirrkurra Community in honour of the Pintubi Nine, most of which were my uncle and aunts on my stepfathers side, who lovingly adopted me into his clan, and taught me many life skills of the bush. Left alone in their beloved desert would have been better than being rounded up into communities where most have passed away through acquired illness such as diabetes and kidney failure.
My pain is shared with them.

lyrics

Pain, o pain, stay away from me,
Cryin for the loss, of my destiny.

Reduced to a life, in the community.
No more to roam, wild and free.

Hear the south wind blow, tellin’ my sad tale,
Moanin in my ear, walypa, a mournful wail.

Hear the South wind blow, tellin’ my sad tale,
Moanin in my ear, walypa, a mournful wail.

(Backing vox “walypa” - Walmatjarri for wind)

credits

from Heroes & Laments: Walmatjarri Stories, released April 1, 2015
Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Lucky Oceans - Dobro
Steve Pigram - Vocals
Rob Findlay - Bass
George “The Bull” Mil - Drums
Dave Mann - Lap Steel
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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