For the sake of a song

Nyere-nyere Lima Kaldja

CD 1, Track 11

TRACK 11 (Mar88-04-s02) Song 8: Nyere-nyere Lima Kaldja

     
Sung text  Free translation 
nyere nyere lima kaldja  Nyere nyere lima kaldja 
lima bangany-ya lima kaldja  Lima song-ya lima kaldja 
(repeated) 

Barrtjap said that this song refers to Banakula, the red cliffs in his country just south of the Daly River mouth. Barrtjap never included the names of specific sites in his songs, preferring to spell out the associations through verbal exegesis. The song is almost entirely in ‘ghost language’, with the exception of the Batjamalh word ‘bangany’ (song).

This song belong to a category of songs termed in Batjamalh lerri ‘happy’ (see additional discussion in the music analysis section of this chapter for further details).

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-2

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-4 (text phrase 4 is truncated)

Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)

   
nyere  nyere  lima  kaldja 
SW  SW  SW  SW 

Nyere nyere lima kaldja

   
lima  bangany  -ya  lima  kaldja 
SW  song  SW  SW  SW 

Lima song-ya lima kaldja

Melodic section 2

Text phrases 5-7 (text phrase 7 is truncated in vocal section 2)

Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)

   
nyere  nyere  lima  kaldja 
SW  SW  SW  SW 

nyere nyere lima kaldja

   
lima  bangany  -ya  lima  kaldja 
SW  song  SW  SW  SW 

lima song-ya lima kaldja

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)

VOCAL SECTION 3

Melodic section 1

Text phrases 1-4 (text phrase 4 is truncated)

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
nyere  nyere  lima  kaldja 
SW  SW  SW  SW 

Nyere nyere lima kaldja

   
lima  bangany  -ya  lima  kaldja 
SW  song  SW  SW  SW 

Lima song-ya lima kaldja

Melodic section 2

Text phrases 5-7

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

   
nyere  nyere  lima  kaldja 
SW  SW  SW  SW 

Nyere nyere lima kaldja

   
lima  bangany  -ya  lima  kaldja 
SW  song  SW  SW  SW 

Lima song-ya lima kaldja

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 3

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

CODA

Rhythmic mode 5c (fast uneven quadruple)

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