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Milyakburra

by Emily Wurramara

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1.
Lady Blue 02:51
Lady blue I feel the waves in my hair so calm and cool Perfect no despair I wish I could Swim here forever miss lady blue Me and you Run run down the way that we go Pulling up picking up the sand in our toes Pass down the whistling trees Lady blue she is calling me Blue...oh miss lady Blue.. Nana said Don’t ever be afraid of her Her soul is pure Clearer than a crystal and the moon And I believe that she told the truth Cause ever since my heart is in the sea Run run down the way that we go Pulling up picking up the sand in our toes Pass down the whistling trees Lady blue she is calling me Blue...oh miss lady Blue.. Miss lady blue Lady blue lady blue Oh miss lady blue
2.
Milyakburra 04:29
I feel the sea breeze on my face, feel the cool breeze in my hair as I sit here on the shore, this island no other can compare Milyakburra, milyakburra Aramanja (near the point) Yi Yi ngeniyerriya (aah poor thing) Ngardegujenama nganyang arndirra Ngabiyedu kingarenama milykbaroowah (My heart is hurting, when am I gonna see Bickerton Island again?) Rock pools glow all around Family one community All known across the island The waters they glitter like diamonds hot sand in the beautiful sun can you hear the whispering in the trees? oh yes we are one... Oh yo nungua- ngayuwa ngayuwa nungua (oh yes you, and me and me and you) Milyakburroowah (to Bickerton Island)
3.
Ngogudlangwa enena Angalya (We all belong to this land) Ngogudlangwa memena makarda (We all belong to this sea) Ngarrekwujenama nganyang arndirra (My heart is hurting) Ena angalya (This is my home) Merrowiya Mena (this land is bleeding)
4.
We walked red plains Dust in my eyes Sun in the sky and you on my mind Longing for a place A place to call home Soft pearly white sand to call my own My island home She’s so pretty so blue And all the trees Are greener there too On my island home The spirit still strong And I will ask the wind to carry me home Back to my home (Nganyang Angalya ) - “my home” The Sun and the moon She follow me oh Wherever I go Wherever I’ll be Sunrise and sunsets They’re never the same Cause there are different people around the world Sharing my gaze
5.
I’ll be sleeping under stars tonight, not sure exactly where I’ll be? maybe underneath the pale moonlight, or maybe underneath that tree Black smoke, riding in the sky tonight, everything will be alright if you let go. Humans all gathered in the place tonight, everything will be alright if you let go.
6.
Lullaby 05:39
The sunsets and whispered to the sky Be kind my darling it’ll only be a while The sky gets dark But the moon she’s my friend And the stars that filled the sky Tell stories of past and present The trees whistled tunes Only they would know Whispering to the wind As she flies through the air Lullaby where were you when I was down? Beckoning beckon me now Lullaby where were you when I was hurt like before? And now I hide Hello my friend it’s nice to see you again oh We’ve had lots of fun but now our time is up..oh And the birds said to the bees, love me endlessly Memories won’t escape but what is memories when people change? And the heart whispered to the ears listen closely You’ll never know what you’ll hear And the ears said to the mouth Say it slowly slowly So he can hear when you’re gonna go And always always
7.
Hey Love 03:36
She was a young girl from a mission town Spoke a language that was hard to learn and she Didn’t know much about the world of the western society Her mum was the skin of the blanket of the night the stars were inside her so she can, follow the light back home to where she belongs Hey love I know how it feels to be so far away from the life you’ve come to live Hey love I know you want to cry but the winds will guide you back to mother to mother to mother Oh why? Oh why? Oh why? To mother to mother She was in the toilets one after noon these girls walked in older by a few years They told her things that weren’t true because of her mother they hated her too They pushed her around and spat on her face they laughed and mocked her She knew it had to stop Back to back with two of her friends she fought the sadness right through til the end They were laying on the bathroom floor the words they said never left a scar
8.
Tap Sticks 03:01
You fulla what’s the time of the day? Woken to hell will it be okay? Eyes wide shut cause I’m afraid And all these thoughts Invading my brain And the time of the day is night time and the time of the day leaves me awake And the time of the day is scary I’m running from something I’m not supposed to be afraid And the wake of the morning arises me Great spirits come and walk with me And the sound of the tapsticks bring me back home Where I’m protected and I’m not alone Walking around bare feet Reminds me of what freedom felt like o be And roaming the streets I look over my shoulders they judge me stereotypically
9.
Ementha, Yunguba, nungulangwa enemumuwa Little turtle where are your eggs? Papaguneray, suray, suray, salamana atthathaniya, whoa papaguneray Mijelya Munja, ngarrermarkenuma, ngerremebenuma papaguneray, ogwa ementha, eh, yo, murruba Papaguneray, suray, suray, salamana atthathaniya, whoa papaguneray ementha…yunguba..nungulangwa enumumuwa
10.
You had me believe that you changed, you had me think that you weren’t the same, I would have crossed the pacific ocean, I would of swam all them seas to see you smile, to see you happy. I guess you ruined it, when I saw she made you happy blue moon, those bright stars, black sea, it was hard… to swim But I drowned, Mercy…. Help me now I tried running fast but your speed controlled me in a direction, I didn’t want to go, It was just like that in a blink of an eye my world came crashing down, down, down Mercy Mercy please help me now….
11.
Black Boy 04:39
A shy Black boy you came to the city. To learn about life and how its people are. He’s very stubborn. He’s just a child. And now his life is mystified. Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, The color of your skin is your pride & joy. Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Your life is not destroyed. He didn’t know school but they called him Black boy. He hardly talked to the girls and boys. Don’t be a fool. Just obey the rules. Cause you’ll just learn the truth. Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, The color of your skin is your pride & joy. Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Your life is not destroyed. And one day you’ll grow up to be a man, To learn and live and understand Sticks and stones may break your bones But names will never hurt you. You’ll be the one who’s having fun. So you just keep learning on. Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, The color of your skin is your pride & joy. Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Black boy, Your life is not destroyed.

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Debut album by celebrated young artist from Groote Eylandt. This album charts a personal history as well as a continuing celebration of family, culture and the land.

"The songs on this album have been written over time. ‘Tapsticks' was my second song to ever be written on guitar. I was 12 years old when I wrote it. These songs have grown out of my own experiences, the stories and dreams I’ve been told from the people I love and of course my love for our Earth and all the mystery and mystical beings she holds. During my career so far as a songwriter and as a musician I have met so many wonderful, kind and beautiful human beings along the way that have kept faith in my stories and my music. I am forever grateful for their friendship, advice and love. I’ve come across diversity. I’ve come across pain. I’ve come across freedom. I’ve come across the unknown, but music has always been my drive and passion for life. It has allowed me to discover my love for my people, for my culture, and a responsibility to archive my language and my stories through the universal language of music."
Emily Wurramara

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released June 1, 2018

All songs written by Emily Wurramara (Mushroom Music Publishing) except for Black Boy (Bunna Lawrie).
Produced by David Bridie with Nao Anzai
Recorded at Torurua Studios by Nao Anzai and at PSI-FI Studios (Brisbane) by Chris Neehause.
Milyakburra Children and Uncle Enoch recorded on Groote Eylandt.

“Black Boy” mixed by Chris Neehause.

Emily Wurramara - vocals, guitar, piano
Saraima Navara - backing vocals
Alice Skye - backing vocals, piano
Uncle Enoch Wurramara - vocals on Tapsticks
Milyakburra children’s chorus on Milyakburra
Benny Walker - guitar
Michael Jude (Sunjay) - keys
Guy Drory - drums, cajoun
David Bridie - piano, melodica, keys
Amy Chapman - bass
Greg Sheehan - percussion
Helen Mountfort - cello
Yarum Sandy - didj and tapsticks
Rohan Jones - acoustic guitar on Hey Love
Phil Wales - guitar

Mastered by Nao Anzai

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Emily Wurramara Anindilyakwa, Australia

Emily Wurramara is a young Aboriginal woman who has been writing songs since she was 6, singing in both English and Annandilyakwa, the traditional language of her home, Groote Eylandt. She is a prolific song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, piano and ukulele. ... more

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