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Yothu Yindi Treaty Lyrics

Last updated: 08/25/2014 07:16:18 AM

Well I heard it on the radio
And I saw it on the television
Back in 1988
All those talking politicians
Words are easy, words are cheap
Much cheaper than our priceless land
But promises can disappear
Just like writing in the sand

Treaty Yeah Treaty Now
Treaty Yeah Treaty Now

Nhima Djatpangarri nhima walangwalang -
Nhe Djatpayatpa nhima gaya nhe-
Matjini.... Yakarray - nhe Djat'pa nhe walang - Gumurrtijararrk Gutjuk -

This land was never given up
This land was never bought and sold
The planting of the Union Jack
Never changed our law at all

Now two rivers run their course
Separated for so long
I'm dreaming of a brighter day
When the waters will be one

Treaty Yeah Treaty Now Treaty Yeah Treaty Now
Treaty Yeah Treaty Now Treaty Yeah Traty Now

Nhima djatpa nhe walang
gumurrtjararrk yawirriny Nhe gaya nhe matjini
Gaya nhe matjini Gaya gaya nhe gaya nhe
Matjini walangwalang Nhema djatpa nhe walang - Nhe gumurrtjarrk nhe ya-

Promises - Disappear - Priceless land - Destiny -

Well I heard it on the Radio - And I saw it on the Television
Just like writing in the sand

Treaty Yeah
Treaty Now ...

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I Love Burgers | Reviewer: Damian King | 8/25/14

I love burgers because my mums dead and i am fat so i eat just to not remind myself that i am fat and i get more and more fat one day i just might burst.

An Assignment about this song with particular emphasis on their portrayal of Australian beliefs and values. | Reviewer: Oliver Friendship | 6/11/13

Yothu Yindi are one of the most famous Aboriginal bands there has ever been. They are so famous because their challenged the way we think about indigenous Australians. They highlighted there mistreatment by the white man and they were a voice for their people. There most well-known song is called ‘Treaty’ and is named after the treaty Captain Cook tricked them into signing. The purpose of this song is to raise awareness of how their land was stolen from them. Also this song conveys the beliefs and values of a modern day Australia as it tells the listener about how the Aboriginals want equality for all as well as freedom of speech. Those two qualities are what Australian society is built on.
Firstly, I bet your wondering how and why a song written and sung by an Aboriginal could convey equality for all. Well let me explain how by using extracts from the song to help me. There is a verse in the song that goes like this ‘Now two rivers run their course, separated for so long, I’m dreaming of a brighter day, when the waters will be one’. If you take this verse literally then it really makes no sense at all however if you interpret it as one river being the white man and one river being the Indigenous Australians the verse tells you that Yothu Yindi dream that all Australians will be equal. Also in the song there are some Aboriginal words being sung. This this widens Yothu Yindi’s audience as his music now caters for not only the white man but also his own people. This makes them equals in his eyes.
Secondly, this song includes another Australian belief, that everyone has the right to freedom of speech. This whole song proves that Australia is different to other countries because, in some countries if people were to write a song that state ‘All those talking politicians, Words are easy, words are cheap’ they would be in serious trouble with the law. However because Australia is still has a very democratic society songs like this one can be recorded and are allowed to challenge our thinking and are allowed to potentially start change.
To conclude, I believe that Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’ has portrayed the beliefs and values of all Australians as well as any Australian could have done. Their song epitomizes the Australian values of: Freedom of speech, equality for all and respect for democracy. And those values are some of the most important that any country could ever have.