Indigenous Interlude

While not an Indigenous band, Goanna did have a big hit in the early 80’s with “Solid Rock”, a song about Indigenous land rights

http://youtu.be/KV_0Mf9YcyA

LYRICS:
Out here nothin’ changes, not in a hurry anyway
You feel the endlessness with the comin’ of the light o’ day
We’re talkin’ about a chosen place
You wouldn’t sell it in a marketplace, well
Well just a minute now

Standing on solid rock
Standing on sacred ground
Living o-on borrowed ti-i-i-ime
And the winds of change are blowin’ down the line
Right down the line

Round about the dawn o’ time, When dreamin’ all began
A croud o’ people came
Well they were looking for their promised land
Were running from the heart of darkness
Searching for the heart o’ light
Well it was their paradise

But they were standin’ on – solid rock
Standing o-on sacred grou-ound
Living o-on borrowed ti-i-i-ime
And the winds of change were blowing cold that night
Oh

They were standin’ on the shore one day, Saw the white sails in the sun
Wasn’t long before they felt the sting, white man, white law, white gun
Don’t tell me that it’s justified, ’cause somewhere, someone lied
Yeah well someone lied, someone lied, genocide
Well someone lied, oh, ahh

And now you’re standing on – solid rock
Standing o-on a sacred grou-ound
Living o-on borrowed ti-i-i-ime
And the winds of change are blowin’ down the li-ine

Solid rock, Standing on sacred ground
Living o-on borrowed ti-i-i-ime
And the winds of change are blowing down the line
Solid rock, Standing o-on sacred grou-ound
Living o-on borrowed ti-i-i-ime
And the winds of change are blowing down the line
Oh-oh-oh no, NO-O

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Robbo

Robbo is a pharmacist working with a very remote Aboriginal Health Service in the deserts of Western Australia. + Andrew Robbo Roberts

One thought on “Indigenous Interlude”

  1. In the middle of 2010, I went to see Shane Howard’s first concert in a long, long time. What a night 300+ people packed into the performance space at Oakleigh RSL here in Melbourne. Everyone was there – his former wives, Sally Dastey from Tiddas, and heaven knows who else. I was in tears by the end of the night thinking what a wonderful nation we might be if only we had the mind set of those in that room on that night. We were at one. Whitefellas don’t lose anything of themselves singing about this land and its first peoples. Blackfellas don’t lose anything by singing about the values we all share. Why, oh why, does this country have to be filled in the way it is with such hatreds and negativity?

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