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Bury me

~ Ngunawal interpretations provided by Jai Bell 

 

Ngunawal

 

Wandiny Indegee Birag Gamaari Nganiny Yabang Yaradhang
Bagiiny Indegee Bur
Bur
Ngurungal  
 
Ganan Indegee Bundaa
Gawar Barabi Gaway Djambari
Bandu Naga Djirang
Yarabanali Binyin Gulanggaya Balu
 
Bird Bird Yarabanali Yambiri
Wagulan Indegee Ganan Wirinun
Ngadyinggal Gulunggaya
Yayin Guruba Gaway  
 
Magara Yarabanali Badjiin Gabin 
Barandu Dhan Gana
 
 
Naga Bambuli
Gamaari Indegee Nganiny Yaradhang
Gurubang
Gamaari Indegee Ngurumbang
 
Ngala
Gulunggaya Yaray Birag Ganan 
Nganiny Daoure Dagurugurag Wiyag Bura
Gulunggaya Gulunggaya Naagula Yarabi
 
Bagiiny
Miga Ngoonawal Narawan

 

 

English

 

When I die bury me under the crown of that big gum tree
with its spirit I will intertwine
vibrate as one until
the end of time
 
Hear me sing
gymea lilly’s heart bleed red in spring 
winds are waterfalls amongst leaves
come, find my shade a place to grieve
 
Budjan, Budjan, come and rest
blue eyed crows I know, the cleverest
let the drought dry my roots
insects feast on the blood red sap produced
 
Winters come, stand the chill
morning frost glistens on the hill
 
For, waters crash and fall easily
bury me under that old gum tree
made wrought of iron and stone
bury me somewhere close to Home
 
The old tree will stay and grow,
my restless spirit we never know
under the earth white bones lay
my being my essence will scatter away
 
Spirits remain untouched unchanged

Lighting cracks loud over Noonawal Plains

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