For the sake of a song

Karra yeri-ngina

CD 6, Track 34

TRACK 34 (Mar99-04-s08) Song 21: Karra yeri-ngina [144]

   
Sung text   Free Translation  
karra yeri-ngin-aka-rri-yitjip-wandhi-nginanga ka-ni dhenggi-diyerri nidin-ngin-akarra yeri meri yigin-ga djindja-wurrikangi-nginanga yenmungirini na pumut pumut kurzi  My dear children!They keep appearing in the distance behind me at the mouth of the Moyle River, my dear country!You boys, come hereI’ve got to stay here at Yenmungirini where the Headache Dreaming is 

This song was given to its composer Philip Mullumbuk by the ghost of Wagon Dumoo following his death. Wagon’s spirit has returned to Yenmungirini, the site of his Dreaming, Pumut (Headache), where he must remain. He can see his male descendants only faintly as they gather at the mouth of the Moyle River. At this time the Dumoo family were living in Philip Mullumbuk’s country at Nadirri near the Moyle mouth, some distance away from their clan estate near Perrederr.

The recording was elicited by Allan Marett at Wadeye in 1999.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
karra  yeri  -ngin  -a 
SW  child  1MIN.O  PERF 

My dear children!

   
ka  -rri  -yitjip  -wandhi  -nginanga  ka  -ni  dhenggi-diyerri  nidin  -ngin  -a 
3MIN.AR  use hands  appear faintly  behind  1MIN.ADVERS  3MIN.S.R  walk  place name  country  1MIN.O  PERF 

They keep appearing in the distance behind me at the mouth of the Moyle River, my dear country!

Melodic section 2

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)

   
karra  yeri  meri  yigin  -ga  djindja  -wurri 
SW  child  people  1MIN.PRO  TOP  here  towards speaker 

You boys, come here

   
kangi  -nginanga  yenmungirini  na  pumut  pumut  kurzi 
1MIN.SRsit  1MIN.ADVERS  place name  LOC  headache  headache  3MIN.SRsit 

I’ve got to stay here at Yenmungirini where the Headache Dreaming is

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-2

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)

INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 3

Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)