Yugal – Songs

This page contains links to a number of Gamilaraay songs, most recorded since 2001. In 2002 Yugal, a CD and songbook were published. The book and sound the Yugal songs can be found here and in section 3 of the Moodle site (log in as guest). You can purchase the book and CD here.

The sound and text of some recent songs can be found in Yugal2. Most are song by are by Loren Ryan and one by Kelsey Strasek-Barker, written by Priscilla Strasek and Sophia Brown.

Loren’ s songs are (All Gamilaraay):

Maliyan.gaalay Ngay / My Morning Star
Warraya dhiiyaanda / Stand by your family.
Australian Ngaya / I am Australian.
Bina, mil / Ears, eyes.
Bamba yulugilaya / Really dance (Hokey pokey)

Kelsey sings Yalaguwaay ngaya (in Gamilaraay).

The songs on Yugal are (mostly Yuwaalaraay):

Burrulaa birralii — Lots of children
Bina, mil — Ears, eyes
Dhaygal, walarr — Head, shoulders
Bamba yulugilaya — Really dance (hokey pokey)
Ngiyani milan dhiiyaan — We are one family
Warraya dhiiyaanda — Stand by your family
Gaabu badjin birraliidjuul — Hush little baby
Burrulaa bandaarr — Lots of kangaroos
Bandaarr badjin — The little kangaroo
Baa buluuy dhimba — Baa baa black sheep
Burrulaa murrun yurrula — Lots of living things in the bush
Dhirranbaya — Shake
Yanaaya nhama wiidja — Walk around the campfire
Yulaala bandaarr ngay — Tie me kangaroo down
Maandjil widja — Lovely johnnycakes
Yambuli — Old lady
Giirr biruu nhama wirridha — There’s a hole in the bucket
Gugurrgaagaa — Kookaburra
Dhirrabuu Mari — Outstanding Murris
Ngaya Australian — I am Australian
Ngarranmal — The flag
Bubaa ngiyaningu — Our Father
Dhabiyaan buluuy — Silent night
Gaayndjuul Dhiidju — Little baby Jesus
Ngurrambaagu ngay — To my homeland
Maliyan.gaalay ngay — My morning star
Warraya nganunda — Stand by me
Gugan gaaynggul — Brown-skin baby
Mil gunigu — Mother’s eyes