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Sweet Child of Mine

June Mills (Gunluckii Nimul)
Lingua: Inglese


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A well-known Larrakia singer and community leader in Darwin, Northern Territory, June Mills blends country and western with her Phillipino/East Timorese musical heritage through use of organ, vocals and acoustic guitar. In her song “Sweet Child of Mine” on her albumI’ll Be the One (2005) she sings of the sorrow of the mother who hopes her child will remember her family and her identity. The song also emphasizes the loss of language, culture, and identity of children who were forcibly removed from their families.
The impact of the Stolen Generation policies has left its mark on Mills’ family as her grandmother was taken from her family when she was 6 years old. Mills states, “My grandmother was taken away from her tribal country when she was about 6 years old and given a new name. She grew up in Katherine and had nine children, she gave birth to all her children at home on her own. She eventually found her way back to her tribe and land of birth by repeating her tribal name to herself every night before she went to bed. She did this so she would not forget her birth name.”
“Singing Trauma Trails”: Songs of the Stolen Generations
Remember your name
Remember your skin
Remember your tribal name
Sweet Child of Mine,
Cause you're going away
Don't know why,
It has to be this way
We tried our best to hide,
Sweet Child of Mine,
Try to hide you away
Don't know where you're going to,
Don't know what you're gonna have to do,
Don't know if you'll live or die,
But before you go,
Remember your name
Remember your skin
Remember your tribal name
Sweet Child of Mine
Cause you're going away
Going away
Sweet Child of Mine,
You're going away

inviata da Dq82 - 8/10/2017 - 20:41



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