BARKLY DESERT CULTURE

by Barkly Desert Culture

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Desert Cultures is a Barkly Regional Council youth program, focusing around digital media and music to tell stories from the Barkly region of the Northern Territory in Australia.

Mentors and Co-Ordinators:

Sean Spencer
Monkey Marc
Beatrice Lewis
Leo Ortega

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released October 12, 2014

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Track Name: Where You Going? - Ali Curung Community
WHERE YOU GOING ? - ALI CURUNG BOYS


VERSE 1

When I woke up this morning I looked around
I needed a drink but there was none to be found
I looked for money and my keys to go drinking
I had no cash so I started thinking
I found a friend and we jumped in the car
Then we drove down the road to "Wigilimp Bar"
I drank so many green cans my head was spinning
Then I gambled for grog and I started winning
Back at home my family was worrying
That I'd drink to much and I was fighting
Then I got knocked out in a fight
I blacked right out into the night


I fell into a dream, I was travelling fast
Then I saw myself way back in the past
I can see my people in a corroboree
I saw my family in a cultural way
So I started to think to get back to my culture
So I made my choice to leave the grog behind

AND KEEP MY CULTURE STRONG (Repeat)

CHORUS

Where you going? - Angwarla Warla Aleila
“Im going drinking”

Come back home - Pialba Ajurrum Gwinawal
“Come back for your cultur”e

Yo, Listen Up! - Pialba Family Gwinawal
“Come back for your family”

Come together - together we can be so strong

Verse 2

Back in the past a man woke at sunrise
He made a fire and wiped his eyes
He grabbed his boomerang and his spear
He went out hunting and all he could hear
Was bush tucker hopping, it was a kangaroo
So he went after it and knew what to do
He threw his spear and knocked him down
Then he hit it on the head with his boomerang
He took it back home to his family
He started to cook and they had a good meal
They sat around the fire and talked songlines
About a giant dingo in the old dreamtime
He lived in a place called Ali Curung
He sang up the song they felt happy and strong

So he went to sleep and woke with a fright
He realised it was a dream he'd had in the night
he thought of his future to keep his culture strong
He thought of his family and left the grog behind

TO KEEP OUR CULTURE STRONG (Repeat)

CHORUS

Where you going? - Angwarla Warla Aleila
Come back home - Pialba Ajurrum Gwinawal
Yo, Listen Up! - Pialba Family Gwinawal
Come together - Together we can be so strong

BRIDGE

Stop your drinking
Lets start thinking
Come together
Together we can be so strong
Stop your drinking
Lets start thinking
Come together
Together we can be so strong
Give up your drinking
Angawarla mini may
Listen to your elders
What they say
Track Name: Kids on the Run - Ali Curung Community
KIDS ON THE RUN – ALI CURUNG BOYS

KIDS ON THE RUN
LITTLE KIDS ON THE RUN
THEY’RE AFRAID LIKE ALWAYS

VERSE

WE’RE THE BOY FROM THE EAST SIDE OF ALI CURUNG
WE REPRESENT OURSELVES WHEN WE’RE SINGING THIS SONG
AT NIGHT WE WALK AROUND AND ALLS WE SEE
PEOPLE GAMBLING FOR MONEY AND FIGHTS ON THE STREET
SOMETIMES WE LOOK AROUND AND ALLS OUR FRIENDS ARE DRINKING
ALLS WE SEE IS OUR MOB AND THEIR NOT THINKING
LIVING ON THE EAST SIDE IS A HARD LIFE
DOGS GOING CRAZY MAKING NOISE IN THE NIGHT

CHORUS

EAST SIDE ROLLING ALL DAY EVERYDAY
KIDS ON THE RUN AND THEIR RUNNING FROM THE HEAVYWEIGHTS
EAST SIDE ROLLING ALL DAY EVERYDAY
KIDS ON THE RUN, THEIR AFRAID LIKE ALWAYS

VERSE 2

CARS SPEEDING ROUND ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
MUSIC BLASTING OUT LOUD UNDER THE STEET LIGHTS
A LOT OF KIDS DON’T SLEEP COS THERES TOO MUCH NOISE
KIDS ARE HIDING INSIDE COS THEY GOT NOT CHOICE
FAMILIES GET SCARED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
IN THEIR OWN CAMP, “SHUT EM DOWN”, DEAD SILENCE
EVERY PAY DAY THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY ON GROG
THEY DRINK TILL THEIR DRUNK COS THEY’VE GOT NO JOB



:KEVEN, JASON, ADEN, LITTLE KIDS (4 OF THEM), JUNIOR, HESTON, DELTON
Track Name: Stop the Violence - Elliott Community
STOP THE VIOLENCE
“No More Trouble”
THINK ABOUT YOUR KIDS
“Little garu Little garu”
THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE
“Life is precious ”
AND THE WAY YOU GUNNA LIVE
“That’s right my brother”
DON’T DRINK TO MUCH
“hey put the can down”
YOU GOTTA BE STRONG
“Be Strong, Be strong”
LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS
“with you Langa you mob”
KEEP YOUR CULTURE STRONG
“Keep your Culture Strong”

VERSE 1
Domestic violence causes trouble and fights
Grog and gambling playing cards at night
12 o’clock on the dot green can alarm clock
Elders heading up the street to the alcohol shop
Role models disappearing in front of our eyes
Some get drunk some get high
Life out here its hard to survive
We’re trying our best to keep our culture alive

KEEP YOUR CULTURE STRONG REPEAT!!

VERSE 2
Behind closed doors anything can happen
Jealousy, arguing, punching and slapping
Husband and wife screaming at each other
Starting fights with one another
Kids trying to sleep to go to school
But mother and father are acting like fools
They where so drunk and they wouldn’t listen
They didn’t even realise their baby was missing
Drunken people walking round prowling and yelling
Looking for trouble and backstabbing
When pay day comes they head to the scrub
They drink and drink the clock never stops
When the shop shuts they jump in the car
On a grog run to Dunmarra
Drinking and driving all the way back home
Putting lives at risk and leaving kids alone!
GROG RUNS, DRINK DRIVE, PRISON ON THE RISE
WE’RE MAKING THIS SONG TO KEEP OUR CULTURE ALIVE
Track Name: Take a Minute to Think - Elliott Community
TAKE A MINUTE TO THINK

VERSE 1

DRINKING AND DRIVING ITS NOT RIGHT
YOUR LIVES AT RISK THAT ROAD AT NIGHT
CAN BE SO VERY DANGEROUS
WITH YOU LOT AND YOUR DRUNKENESS
DON’T GO SO FAST IN THAT CAR
YOU’LL CRASH AND ROLL AND ROLL SO FAR
BECAUSE YOU MOB WASN’T THINKIN STRAIGHT
YOU KILLED YOUR FRIEND NOW ITS TOO LATE
YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS BACK HOME
ARE CRYING BECAUSE ONE LIFE HAS GONE
THEY LOST A SON, COUSIN OR BROTHER
NOW TROUBLE HAS STARTED BETWEEN EACH OTHER
YOU DRANK AND DROVE ON A GROG RUN MISSION
NOW YOU’VE WASTED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR FRIEND IS MISSIN
BECAUSE YOU WHERE SO OUT OF YOUR MIND
NOW YOUR LOCKED UP AND DOING TIME!

CHORUS

AS YOU REACH FOR THOSE KEYS
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
HAVENT YOU HAD ENOUGH?
WHAT PART ARE YOU FILLING?
ONE ACCIDENT CAN DESTROY A LOT OF LIVES
TAKE A MINUTE TO THINK
AM I TOO DRUNK TO DRIVE

VERSE 2

BE COOL DON’T BE A FOOL
DON’T BE A FOOL DON’T BE A FOOL
THE LAW IS THERE SO FOLLOW THE RULES
JUST FOLLOW THE RULES JUST FOLLOW THE RULES
DO NOT GO! DO NOT DRIVE!
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
JUST BE A MAN AND YOU’LL SURVIVE
YOU’LL SURVIVE AND STAY ALIVE
1-2 DON’T GIVE THE KEYS
DON’T GIVE THE KEYS DON’T GIVE THE KEYS
3-4 TAKE A MINUTE PLEASE
TAKE A MINUTE PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE PLEASE
ASK YOURSELF ARE YOU TOO DRUNK TO DRIVE
TOO DRUNK TO DRIVE TOO DRUNK TO DRIVE
IF YOU STOP AND THINK YOU’LL STAY ALIVE
YOU’LL STAY ALIVE AND YOU’LL SURVIVE

CHORUS
Track Name: Go to School - Elliott Community
GOTO SCHOOL GOTO SCHOOL!

VERSE

MY NAME IS ANTHONY AND I LIKE SOCCER
WHEN I FINISH I PUT MY CLOTHES IN THE LOCKER
MY NAME IS CARLOS AND I LIKE MY TIMESTABLES
MY FAVOURITE NUMBER IS 5 WITH MY MIND ENABLED
HEY IM JAVIN IM A BASKETBALL MAN
I DRIBBLE AND I DRIBBLE AS FAST AS I CAN
IM LEORY JONES AND I LIKE SCIENCE
I LIKE PLAYING SPORTS AND I HATE VIOLENCE
HI IM WALACE AND I LIKE READING
AND AFTER SCHOOL I LIKE TO GO HORSE RIDING

CHORUS

GOTO SCHOOL GOTO SCHOOL
LISTEN TO YOUR MOMMY!
GO LEARN GO LEARN AND DON’T BE A DUMBY!
DADDY AND UNCLE TRYING TO WAKE YOU UP
SHAKING YOU BED LISTEN UP LISTEN UP!

VERSE

I WOKE UP IN THE MORNING AND PUT ON MY CLOTHES
I WALKED OUTSIDE AND IT WAS COLD
MY MOM SAID “HEY BOY PUT ON A JUMPER!”
AND LEARN YOUR TIMES TABLES AND YOUR BOOK OF NUMBERS
WHEN I GOT TO SCHOOL I SAW MY FRIENDS
THEN THE SCHOOL BELL RANG AND THE DAY BEGAN
IT WAS MY FAVOURITE LESSON IT WAS OUTTA SIGHT
SO I OPENED MY BOOK AND BEGAN TO WRITE

CHORUS

VERSE

ONE DAY MY FRIEND WAS BEING BAD
HE WAS KISSING IN THE TOILETS AND MAKING ME MAD
THEN A FELLA I NEW WAS SWEARING A LOT
SO A TEACHER CAME ALONG AND TOLD HIM OFF
THE YOUNGEST KID IN MY CLASS IS ALWAYS LYING
SOMETIMES HE TEASES GIRLS AND NOW THEIR CRYING
SOME KIDS THEY MUCk AROUND THEIR ALWAYS BRAGGING
BUT I DON’T CARE COS IM ALWAYS LEARNING
EVERYDAY AT SCHOOL I COME TO LISTEN
AND LEARN AND LEARN AND LEARN AND GET MORE EDUCATION
IF I COME EVERYDAY I COULD GOTO COLLAGE
MY BRAIN WILL GET BIG WITH SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE

CHORUS