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Annotated captions of Bob Randall- Song: "Brown Skin Baby (They Took Me Away)" in English

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Bob Randall: "Brown Skin Baby (They Took Me Away)"

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[♪ guitar strumming throughout ♪] This next song is a story of our experiences of the Stolen Generation.

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The system came into my life.

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Bob Randall Murujula, Uluru, Australia Yankunytjatjara Elder

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Just 150Ks from here to where the sun rises in the east.

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The policeman arrived on his camel, saw me there with my family, and because I was who I was, I was stolen.

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This is a song I composed for that time.

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[♪ Singing in native language ♪]

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♪ My brown skin baby, they take him away ♪

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♪ As a young preacher I used to ride a quiet pony 'round the countryside ♪

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♪ In a native camp I'll never forget, a young black mother, her cheeks all wet ♪

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[♪ Singing in native language ♪]

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♪ My brown skin baby, they take him away ♪

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♪ Between her sobs I heard her say, police been taking my baby away ♪

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♪ From white man was that baby I had. Why he let them take baby away? ♪

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[♪ Singing in native language ♪]

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♪ My brown skin baby, they take him away ♪

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♪ To a children's home a baby came with new clothes on and a new name ♪

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♪ Day and night he would always say, Oh mommy, mommy, why they take me away? ♪

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[♪ Singing in native language ♪]

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♪ The child grew up and had to go from the mission home that he loved so ♪

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♪ To find his mother, he tried in vain. Upon this earth they never met again. ♪

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[♪ Singing in native language ♪]

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♪ My brown skin baby, they take him away [♪ guitar strumming ♪]

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