I am this Land, I am my People

 
Image: Emma Donovan. Emma is a passionate single, songwriter and collaborative vocal artist whose musical expression is a fusion of roots, reggae and soul.

Image: Emma Donovan. Emma is a passionate single, songwriter and collaborative vocal artist whose musical expression is a fusion of roots, reggae and soul.

 

I am this land, I am my people

This is what I hold true,

I’ve written words with tunes I’ve dreamt

and sung them all for you

Australia, an untouched virgin once,

Bona fide, organic and pure.

A mineral chest of abundant treasure,

environmental grandeur.

We knew of this beauty a long time ago

made love to her day and night.

By drawing our dreams and history on her,

decorating her with our Light.

We roamed the length, the breadth of this land,

our children, and children ‘on.’

Until one day, there came a change -

original purity gone.

Different perspective. Adaptation.

Laws from the Convict Mob,

To Stolen Generation.

“Who am I?” he asked,

Who are you?

Savage what’s your name?

Your truth’s not true.

Their struggle, a struggle

descended to me.

A birthright unwanted by my family.

But lucky we are to survive this long,

The Original Dwellers,

Children of the Wronged.

I was raised in sound that make ears soft,

right from the womb,

to my first cough.

Connected to a genetic choir.

Voices of water.

Souls of fire.

I stood as ‘I’, I stood as ‘You’

when I first made the stage.

Times were different way back then,

Raw talent in those days.

I sang because I could, I would,

my voice didn’t need a vote,

Music back then survived on dreams,

made on love and hope.

Sydney 2000, she lifted the torch

with pride, she started the Games

2004, I sang to help

the Olympic Flame on it’s way.

I’ve made the albums,

I’ve Won at Deadly’s

and sung for crowds galore.

I’ve travelled to sing with Sisters of Nations

from land, to sea, to shore.

My blessed journey, a walkabout it’s been,

my gift has seen me fly.

But connecting to land and people -

‘I am you are you are ‘I’.

I gather with women, we make a stand,

each year we unite to speak,

it’s here we see the progression of our peoples history.

I stand by these distinguished black women

our spirits connected with pride.

Our ancestors look down lovingly on us,

encouraging us from behind.

I’m one with all, one with our Mother,

the Land, she gives us growth.

Take care of her, so children ‘on’

will live to ‘see and know’.

Ngarraanga

Ngiinundi

Yuludarra

My love extended to you.

‘Remember Your Dreaming’ is what that means

Remember that is your Truth.

I am this land, I am my people

This is what I hold true

Ngarraanga Nigiinundi Yuludarra

You are me and I am You.

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