For the sake of a song

Puliki (Buffalo)

TRACK 3 (Moy62-27-s5) Song 1: Puliki

In 1962 Alice Moyle recorded four boys from Delissaville (Belyuen), Colin Worumbu Ferguson, Robert Gordon, Thomas Gordon and James Gumbuduk singing ‘Puliki’ at the Darwin Eisteddfod. As discussed more fully in the musical analysis section, the boys’ performance shows some confusion in the text performance, and in the second half of the song uses a type of clapstick accompaniment that Muluk himself was never recorded using with this song. This example shows clearly the perils that flexible structures pose for inexperienced performers, and helps to explain why songs tend to become more stable and simple in structure over time—particularly when they are not performed by the original composer.