TRACK 15 (Mar88-24-s02) Song 4: Walakandha No. 1 
|Sung text||Free Translation|
Nobody can remember who made this song, or of two other songs using the same melody, ‘Nadirri’ (track 19) and ‘Karra’ (track 28).
Even in so simple a text, the communicative function is complex. Because of reciprocal use of the term ‘Walakandha’ by the dead to call the living, and by the living to call the dead, the vocative text karra walakanda simultaneously constitutes a call from the dead to living Walakandha in the act of song creation, and, when sung in ceremony, a call of the living to dead Walakandha. The reciprocal use of the term articulates and enacts themes of intimacy between the two orders of being, so that the song functions as two-way communication—from the dead to the living, and from the living to the dead (see further discussion of this song in Marett, 2005, p 65).
Song structure summary
VOCAL SECTIONS 1-3
Melodic section 1
Text phrase 1
Rhythmic mode 1 (without clapsticks)
INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS 1-3
Rhythmic mode 5a (fast even)
INSTRUMENTAL SECTION 4
Rhythmic mode 5b (fast doubled)