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The Children Came Back

Briggs
Language: English


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2014

In celebration of 2014’s Naidoc Week, Briggs, along with Gurrumul, Dewayne Everettsmith and B2M performed “The Children Came Back” live on Australian radio-station Triple J as part of their long running segment ‘Like A Version’.

A year later in lead up to Naidoc Week 2015 and the release of Archie Roache’s 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Charcoal Lane,’ a studio version was released of the song.

The song is somewhat of a triumphant sequel to Archie Roach’s deeply sad “They Took the Children Away

The first verse of Brigg’s version makes references a number of successful contemporary indigenous people including Gavin Wanganeen, Anthony Mundine, Adam Goodes, Patty Mills and Cathy Freeman. The second verse delves a little deeper into past figures such as Doug Nicholls, Lionel Rose & William Cooper. The third verse finds Brigg’s bringing it back a closer to home. In this verse he makes reference to places of importance to him, close to his mob and upbringing, such as Rumbalara, Cummera & ‘the flats that birthed Archie’. He also sketches a family tree, mentioning Briggs family members.

Every Indigenous person referenced on this track is prefixed with ‘I’m’. This in my option is what makes this song so special. I don’t believe this song is about Wanganeen’s Brownlow medal, nor is it about Lionel Rose’s world championship, I don’t think it’s about Patty Mills winning the NBA championship or even about the Cummeragunja walk-off. I believe the song is Briggs boldly stating the oneness of Indigenous Australia. That through the most horrific of circumstances, there is still a heartbeat, through unforgivable injustices, there is still a heartbeat, through near genocide, there is still a heartbeat. That it is in fact one heart beat, a dead hearts, heart beat.
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I'm Fitzroy(1) where the stars be
I'm Wanganeen in '93(2)
I'm Mundine(3), I'm Cathy Free-
Man(4), that fire inside-a-me
I'm Adam Goodes, and Adam should
Be applauded when he stand up
You can look to us when that time stop(5)
I'm Patty Mills(6) with the last shot

I'm Gurrumul(7), I'm Archie(8)
I'm everything that you ask me
I'm everything that you can't be
I'm the dead hearts, heart beat

The children came back
The children came back
Back where their hearts grow strong, back where they all belong
The children came back

I'm Doug Nicholls(9), I'm Jimmy Little
With a royal telephone(10)
I'm the world champ in '68
Boy I'm Lionel Rose(11)
I'm William Cooper(12), I take a stand
When no one even knows
I'm the walk off, I'm the sound of
The children coming home

Boy I'm Gurrumul, I'm Archie
I'm everything that you ask me
I'm everything that you can't be
I'm the dead hearts, heart beat

The children came back
The children came back
Back where their hearts grow strong, back where they all belong
The children came back

Let me take it home, I'm Rumba
I'm the sand hills on Cummera
I'm Les Briggs, I'm Paul Briggs
I'm Uncle Ringo with all them kids
Im Uncle Buddy, everybody loves me
Ain't none below, ain't none above me
Im the carvings outta every scar tree
I'm those flats that birthed Archie
Now Mr Abbott, think about it
Me and you we feel the same
That might sound strange, I'm just sayin'
We both unsettled when the boats came

I'm Gurrumul, I'm Archie
I'm everything that you ask me
I'm everything that you can't be
I'm the dead hearts, heart beat

The children came back
The children came back
Back where their hearts grow strong, back where they all belong
The children came back
The children came back
The children came back
Back where they understand, back to their mothers' land
The children came back
The children came back
The children came back
Back where their hearts grow strong, back where they all belong
The children came back
(1) ?
(2) Gavin Adrian Wanganeen (born 18 June 1973), giocatore di football australiano, nel 1993 vinse la Brownlow Medal come miglior giocatore del campionato.
(3) Anthony Mundine (Sydney, 21 maggio 1975) è un pugile e rugbista a 13 australiano
(4) Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman, dettaCathy (Mackay, 16 febbraio 1973), è un'ex velocista australiana, specializzata in particolare nei 400 metri piani: campionessa olimpica ai Giochi di Sydney 2000 e due volte campionessa mondiale.
(5) Adam Roy Goodes (8 January 1980), giocatore di football australiano, spesso fischiato e insultato per motivi razziali

(6) Patrick "Patty" Mills è un cestista australiano, professionista nella NBA con i San Antonio Spurs. 
(7) Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (22 gennaio 1971, Elcho Island, Australia - 25 luglio 2017, Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, Australia)
(8) Archibald William "Archie" Roach musicista, autore di They Took the Children Away, di cui questa canzone è un sequel
(9) Sir Douglas Ralph Nicholls (9 dicembre 1906– 4 giugno 1988) è stato un presbitero laico protestante, politico e in gioventù giocatore di football australiano proveniente dal Nuovo Galles del Sud, che ricoprì la carica di governatore dello stato dell'Australia Meridionale.
(10) James Oswald Little, AO (1 March 1937 – 2 April 2012), musicista, "Royal Telephone" del 1963 è il suo maggior successo

(11) Lionel Edmund Rose (21 June 1948 – 8 May 2011), pugile campione mondiale dei pesi Gallo nel 1968
(12) William Cooper (c.1860 – 1941) politico e attivista per i diritti degli aborigeni


Contributed by Dq82 - 2017/10/2 - 22:51



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