For the sake of a song

Karra-ve kanya-verver

CD 4, Track 12

TRACK 12 (Moy62-01-s02) Song 4: Karra-ve Kan-ya Verver

   
Sung text   Free Translation  
karra-ve kanya-verver-rtedi kaya-ndhikarra-ve kak-ung-bende badjalarrribene ribene ribene ribene ribene ribene …ii aa üii aa ükarra-ve kak-ung-bende badjalarrribene ribene ribene ribeneya ya, ya ya  It [a breeze] is forever cooling my backAway now to Badjalarr foreverRibene ribene, ribene ribene, ribene ribeneii, aa, üii, aa, üAway now to Badjalarr foreverRibene ribene, ribene ribeneYa ya, ya ya 

Track 12 is a performance of ‘Karra-ve Kanya-verver’ recorded by Alice Moyle in 1962. Here the singers, Lambudju and Douglas Rankin, structure the song slightly differently. While the melody, text and rhythmic mode are essentially the same as Lambuju’s 1986 performance (track 11), this performance repeats text phrase 3 and in melodic section 2 replaces a repeat of text phrase 1—karra-ve kanya-verver-rtedi kaya-ndhi—with a repeat of text phrase 2—karra-ve kak-ung-bende badjalarr. Careful listening suggests that the full form of text phrase 1 was sung on this occasion.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 4c (moderate uneven triple)

   
karra  -ve  kanya  -verver   -rtedi  kaya  -ndhi 
SW  forever  3MIN.A.IR.make  cool  back  3MIN.S.IR.lie  towards speaker 

It [a breeze] is forever cooling my back

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 4c (moderate uneven triple)

   
karra  -ve  kak  -ung  -bende  badjalarr 
SW  forever  away  PURP  now  place name 

Away now to Badjalarr forever

Text phrase 3

   
ribene  ribene  ribene  ribene  ribene  ribene  ribene  ribe 
SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW 

ribene ribene, ribene ribene, ribene ribene

Melodic section 2

Text phrases 4-5

Rhythmic mode 4c (moderate uneven triple)

   
ii  aa  ü 
SW  SW  SW 

ii, aa, ü

Text phrase 6

Rhythmic mode 4c (moderate uneven triple)

   
karra  -ve  kak  -ung  -bende  badjalarr 
SW  forever  away  PURP  now  place name 

Away now to Badjalarr forever

Text phrase 7

Rhythmic mode 4c (moderate uneven triple)

   
ribene  ribene  ribene  ribene 
SW  SW  SW  SW 

ribene ribene, ribene ribene

Text phrase 8

Rhythmic mode 4c (moderate uneven triple)

   
ya  ya  ya  ya 
SW  SW  SW  SW 

ya ya, ya ya

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-3

Rhythmic mode 4c (moderate uneven triple)