Three Children Standing

from by Olive Knight



Lyrics written in honour of my sister’s grandchildren, removed because they could not see any other way of amending issues, removal was the only option, they are my little heroes, they have had to endure such careless action and pain, torn apart mentally and physically, but remain strong throughout.


Three children standing with sad, sad hearts,
Tears in their eyes very soon to part.

Removed for their protection, so the system says,
So-called wisdom, better they don’t stay.

Part of a number, in a cold, cold house,
Away from their country, in a strange, strange town.

Many months goes by, until their return,
Back to their family, whose hearts still yearned.


from Heroes & Laments: Walmatjarri Stories, released April 1, 2015
Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) - Vocals
Lucky Oceans - Pedal Steel
Emily Minchin - Viola, Violin
Richard Watson - Harmonium, Cello
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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