For the sake of a song

Be Bangany-nyaya

CD 1, Track 10

TRACK 10 (Moy68-05-s11) Song 7: Be Bangany-nyaya

                                   
Sung text  Free translation 
be bangany-nyaya  Be! Song-nyaya 
nga-bindja-aya  I sing-aya 
bangany bangany-nyaya  Song, song-nyaya 
nga-bindja-ya-nyaya  I sing-ya-nyaya 
bangany-nya  Song-nya 
yine nga-ve me-nüng  What am I going to do? 
be bangany-nye-nye  Be! Song-nye-nye 
bangany-nye  Song-nye 
nga-bindja-nye  I sing-nye 
bangany-nyaya  Song-nyaya 
ii be bangany-nyaya  Ii! Be! Song-nyaya 
nga-bindja-ya-nyaya  I sing-ya-nyaya 
bangany-nya  Song-nya 
yine nga-ve me-nüng  What am I going to do? 
be bangany-nye-nye  Be! Song-nye-nye 
bangany-nye  Song-nye 
nga-bindja-nye  I sing-nye 
bangany-nyaya  Song-nyaya 

In the first part of this song (text phrases 1-5), Barrtjap plays creatively with the phrase ‘bangany nga-bindja’ (I’m singing a song), splitting it into separate elements and re-combining them with the text phrase-final vocables -nyaya and -aya to create a series of short rhyming text phrases. Text phrase 6 comprises the same ghostly question that was found in ‘Yagarra Nga-bindja-ng Nga-mi’(tracks 7 and 8)—namely, ‘yine nga-ve-me-nüng’ (what have I come to do?). This is answered (text phrases 7-10) with further use of elements from ‘bangany nga-bindja’ (I’m singing a song),’ now combined with rhyming text phrase-vocables ending in –nye. All ten text phrases are sung to the same melodic section, that is, within one descent. The structure of text and rhythm set to melodic section 2 is a truncated version of melodic section 1 (it omits text phrases 3 and 4 of melodic section 1). Significantly, Barrtjap renders the two vocal sections of this song identically in every performance.

We have only one recording of Barrtjap singing this song. More recently we have heard Roger Yarrowin sing it, but have not yet analysed the extent to which he conforms to Barrtjap’s model.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-2

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
be  bangany  -nyaya 
SW  song  SW 

Be! Song-nyaya

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
nga  -bindja  -aya 
1MIN.S  sing  SW 

I sing-aya

Text phrase 3

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
bangany  bangany  -nyaya 
song  song  SW 

Song, song-nyaya

Text phrase 4

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
nga  -bindja  -ya  -nyaya 
1MIN.S  sing  SW  SW 

I sing-ya-nyaya

Text phrase 5

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
bangany [63]   -nya 
song  SW 

Song-nya

Text phrase 6

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
yine  nga  -ve  me  -nüng 
what  1MIN.S  comeIR  do  PURP 

What am I going to do?

Text phrase 7

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
be  bangany  -nye  -nye 
SW  song  SW  SW 

Be! Song-nye-nye

Text phrase 8

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
bangany  -nye 
song  SW 

Song-nye

Text phrase 9

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
nga  -bindja  -nye 
1MIN.S  sing  SW 

I sing-nye

Text phrase 10

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
bangany  -nyaya 
song  SW 

Song-nyaya

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 11

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
ii  be  bangany  -nyaya 
SW  SW  song  SW 

Ii! Be! Song-nyaya

Text phrase 12

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
nga  -bindja  -ya  -nyaya 
1MIN.S  sing  SW  SW 

I sing-ya-nyaya

Text phrase 13

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
bangany  -nya 
song  SW 

Song-nya

Text phrase 14

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
yine  nga  -ve  me  -nüng 
what  1MIN.S  comeIR  do  PURP 

What am I going to do?

Text phrase 15

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
be  bangany  -nye  -nye 
SW  song  SW  SW 

Be! Song-nye-nye

Text phrase 16

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
bangany  -nye 
song  SW 

Song-nye

Text phrase 17

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
nga  -bindja  -nye 
1MIN.S  sing  SW 

I sing-nye

Text phrase 18

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

   
bangany  -nyaya 
song  SW 

Song-nyaya

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

CODA

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

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