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Gurindji Blues


Poor bugger me, Gurindji
Me bin sit down this country
Long time before Lord Vestey   
Allabout land belongin' to we
Oh poor bugger me Gurindji.
Poor bugger blackfeller this country
Long time work no wages we,
Work for the good old Lord Vestey
Little bit flour, sugar and tea
For the Gurindji, from Lord Vestey
Oh poor bugger me.
Poor bugger me, Gurindji,
My name Vincent Lingiari
Me talk allabout Gurindji
'Daguragu place for we,
Home for we, Gurindji
But poor bugger blackfeller, this country
Government boss him talk long we
'We'll build you house with electricity
But at Wave Hill, for can't you see
Wattie Creek belong to Lord Vestey'
Oh poor bugger me.
Poor bugger me, Lingiari
Still me talk long Gurindji

'Daguragu place for we,
Home for we, Gurindji
Poor bugger me, Gurindji
Up come Mr Frank Hardy
ABSCHOL too and talk long we
Givit hand long Gurindji
Buildim house and plantim tree
Longa Wattie Creek for Gurindji
But poor bugger blackfeller this country
Government lawyer him talk long we
'Can't givit land long blackfeller, see
Only spoilim Gurindji'
Oh poor bugger me Gurindji
Poor bugger me, Gurindji
Peter Nixon talk long we:
'Buy you own land, Gurindji
Buyim back from the Lord Vestey'
Oh poor bugger me, Gurindji.
Poor bugger blackfeller Gurindji
Suppose we buyim back country
What you reckon proper fee?
Might be flour, sugar and tea
From the Gurindji to Lord Vestey?
Oh poor bugger me.

AIATSIS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community.

We pay our respects to elders past and present.

Gurindji Blues | Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


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