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Ya[garra] Nga-bindja-ng Nga-mi

TRACK 8 (Moy68-05-s09) Song 5: Ya[garra] Nga-bindja-ng Ngami

               
Sung text  Free translation 
yagarra  Yagarra! 
nga-bindja-ng nga-mi  I’m singing 
yagarra yine nga-ve-me-nüng  (Yagarra! What have I come to do? 
nga-p-pindja-ng nga-p-pur-ing-djü-nüng  I’m going to sing and then go back) 
yagarra nye-bindja-ng nya-mu  Yagarra! You sing 
yagarra  Yagarra! 
dawarra wagatj-maka nga-bindja-ng nga-mi ni  I was sitting on the curve of the beach singing ‘ni’ 
yagarra nye-bindja-ng nya-mu  Yagarra! You sing 

This version lacks the introductory vocal section and associated instrumental section of the previous performance but is otherwise identical (a musical transcription of vocal section 2 of this performance is given in Marett, 2005, p 163).

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-2

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
yagarra 
EXCL 

Yagarra!

   
nga  -bindja  -ng  nga  -mi 
1MIN.S  sing  SIM  1MIN.S  sit 

I’m singing

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

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

Yagarra! What have I come to do?

Text phrase 3

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
nga  -p  -pindja  -ng  nga  -p  -pur  -ing  -djü  -nüng 
1MIN.S  IR  sing  SIM  1MIN.S  IR  go IR  IR  CONT  PURP 

I'm going to sing and then go back

Text phrase 4

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
yagarra  nye  -bindja  -ng  nya  -mu 
EXCL  2MIN.IR  sing  SIM  2 MIN.IR  sit.IR 

Yagarra! You sing

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 5

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
yagarra 
EXCL 

Yagarra!

   
dawarra  wagatj  -maka  nga  -bindja  -ng  nga  -mi  ni 
belly  beach  PERF  1MIN.S  sing  SIM  1MIN.S  sit  SW 

I was sitting on the curve of the beach singing ‘ni’

Text phrase 6

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
yagarra  nye  -bindja  -ng  nya  -mu 
EXCL  2MIN.IR  sing  SIM  2 MIN.IR  sit.IR 

Yagarra! You sing

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5d (fast uneven triple)

CODA

Rhythmic mode 5d (fast uneven triple)

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