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Yagarra Tjine Rak-pe

CD 1, Track 23

TRACK 23 (Mar86-03-s06) Song 17: Yagarra Tjine Rak-pe

         
Sung text  Free translation 
yagarra tjine rak-pe  Yagarra! Where is my eternal country? 
karra tjine ka-yewe  Where does it lie? 
karra tjine ka-yewe  Where does it lie? 
karra tjine ka-yewe  Where does it lie? 
yagarra tjidja ka-bindja-ng ka –mi  Yagarra! This [man/wunymalang] is singing 

This song refers to Barrtjap’s distant ancestral country near the Daly river mouth. It expresses the pain that people feel when, as is the case of the Wadjiginy at this time, they have lost contact with the country of their forefathers. Note that, as is often the case with songs that use rhythmic modes 1 or 2 for the vocal sections, the coda is in a fast rhythmic mode. This is to facilitate the dancing, which is most prominent and energetic in this section of the song.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 2 (slow even)

   
yagarra  tjine  rak  -pe 
EXCL  where  country  forever 

Yagarra! Where is my eternal country?

Text phrases 2-4

Rhythmic mode 2 (slow even)

   
karra  tjine  ka  -yewe 
SW  where  3MIN.S  lie 

Where does it lie?

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 5

Rhythmic mode 2 (slow even)

   
yagarra  tjidja  ka  -bindja  -ng  ka  -mi 
EXCL  3MIN.M.DEIC  3MIN.S/A  sing  SIM  3MIN.S/A  sit 

Yagarra! This [man/Wunymalang] is singing

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-3

Rhythmic mode 2 (slow even)

CODA

Rhythmic mode 5d (fast uneven triple)

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