TRACK 6 (Moy62-27-s10) Song 4: Happy (lerri) song No. 3
Happy (lerri) song No. 3 was recorded by Alice Moyle at Bagot in 1962.  Like the preceding happy songs, this performance is fast (in rhythmic mode 5a (fast even beating)) and predominantly in ‘ghost language’ (vocable text), though in vocal section 5, melodic section 1 bears the following text in Emmi: karra ka-me-ngana-yi gidji-djedjet-mandha-ya ‘This [i.e., the vocable text] is what he sang when he gave me this song’.  Despite many hours working with native speakers, we have not been able to arrive at a reliable version of the text, so have decided not to include a text transcription here, but can make some statements about the form (see further details in music analysis section).