Lateral Love™ Song of the Week 2014

Every Sunday this year we will be posting our Lateral Love™ Song of the Week.

Sunday 5th January 2014

Today we are celebrating Uncle Joe Geia joining us as our newest Lateral Love™ Ambassador, our first for 2014 so we decided to kick off the New Year in his honour!

Joe Geia is a Murri Aboriginal artist from Northern Queensland, Australia. He is the singer of one of Aboriginal Australia’s best loved songs, ‘Yil Lull’, as well as the much loved anthem ‘Uncle Willie’. Joe first came to prominence in the early 1980s as a member of No Fixed Address and went on to release three albums of his own over three decades. Now based in Melbourne, Joe has toured widely throughout his life in Europe and across Australia. Joe is widely regarded as a pioneer of contemporary Aboriginal song and was a key part of the first performances by The Black Arm Band.

Here he is singing his famous unofficial Aboriginal National Anthem back in 1988!

Sing along with Joe …

Yil Lull
I sing for the black, and the people of this land
I sing for the red and the blood that’s been shed
Now I’m singing for the gold, of a new year young and old.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire. Yil-Lullaire.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire.
I sing unto him, of the most high,
I sing so much praises, it makes me want to cry.
Now I’m singing just for you, so all can recognize.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire. Yil-Lullaire.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire.
We’re singing for the black, we’re singing for the red
We’re singing for the black, we’re singing for the red
And the gold, stories told for young and old.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire. Yil-Lullaire.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire.

Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire. Yil-Lullaire.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire.
We’re singing for the black, we’re singing for the red,
And the gold, stories told, for young and old
We’re singing for the black, we’re singing for the red
And the gold, just for you, for young and old.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire. Yil-Lullaire.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire, Yil-Lullaire. Yil-Lullaire.
Yil-Lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire, Yil-lullaire.

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