For the sake of a song

Thali-ngatjpirr

CD 7, Track 24

TRACK 24 (Tre08-1-s17)Song 10: Thalhi-ngatjpirr

   
Sung text  Free Translation 
meri ngalvu-kinyil kani na nidin kaddi devin kisjimeri ngalvu-kinyil kani na nidin kaddi devin kisjikaddi-gu kirriminggi thalhi ngatjpirr kirriminggi(repeated)  Lots of people like to go to our country which is just for us, like thisLots of people like to go to Nadirri, which is just for us, like thisAs for us, we say, only we do it [i.e., fish] at Thalhi-ngatjpirr. 

In 2008, Sally Treloyn recorded Frank Dumoo, backed up by Colin Worumbu Ferguson, singing a version of ‘Thali-ngatjpirr.’ Dumoo slightly alters the word order in the first text phrase of each vocal section, as well as the form of the song, replacing the couplet form of the original with the AAB text form most characteristic of the Walakandha wangga. There are a number of other alterations, including a change of melody (which probably simply results from the didjeridu being too high).