For the sake of a song

Wutjelli No. 2

TRACK 3 (Rei74-1-s16) Song iii: Wutjelli No. 2 [107]

   
Sung text   Free Translation  
yene yene yene yene yene yene yene yene yene yene yene yene (number of repetitions varies)karra wutjelli ki-nyi-ni venggi-tit-nginanga-wurri kavulh marzi mungirini  Yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene (number of repetitions varies)Wutjelli always manifests himself, lying down with one knee bent over the other and singing to me (or facing me) in the jungle 

Wutjelli, a ‘grandfather’ of Philip and Stan Mullumbuk (Marett, 2005, p 47), is mentioned in a number of Walakandha wangga songs. Here he appears as a Walakandha, lying down in ‘number four leg’ position, a pose associated with song-giving.

The text of this song is closely related to that of ‘Walakandha No. 6’ (track 2), with the word ‘Walakandha’ being replaced by ‘Wutjelli’ in text phrase 2. The substition of one text phrase or word for another within a textual template is a time-honoured compositional means for generating new songs, and is found frequently in the Walakandha wangga repertory. Here despite the textual similarity, and as if to underline the innovation, we find that the musical treatment, in particular the rhythmic mode, differs significantly from ‘Walakandha No. 6’ (see further details in the music analysis section). The precise number of repetitions of the vocable yene sung in text phrase 1 varies.

Song structure summary

VOCAL SECTIONS 1-5

Melodic section 1

Text phrase 1

Rhythmic mode 2 (slow even)

   
yene  yene  yene  yene  yene  yene  yene  yene  yene  yene  yene  yene 
SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW  SW 

Yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene, yene (number of repetitions varies)

Text phrase 2

Rhythmic mode 2 (slow even)

   
karra  wutjelli  ki  -nyi  -ni 
SW  wutjelli   3MIN.A.R  make  3MIN.REFL 

Wutjelli always manifests himself,

   
venggi  -tit  -nginanga  -wurri  kavulh  marzi  mungirini 
knee  bend  1MIN.M.ADVERS  towards speaker  3MIN.S.R lie  inside  jungle 

lying down with one knee bent over the other and singing to me (or facing me) in the jungle

INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-5

Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)