Gȁthu Mȁwula is the third song to feature here from Geoffrey from his debut album Gurrumul. It is the best-selling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music album in Australian history, launching Yunupingu’s international solo career and establishing him as one of Australia’s most significant musical artists. In 2018, the album was inducted into the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia collection of historic recordings.
Now don’t you go forgettin’ O the land that you were born
You got some place to go you got some place to belong
And when you’re feeling lonely put your feet down in the earth
Reconnect with your soul, reconnect with the world
See the the roots of the tree are your family
And if they be the roots then the fruit is me
See the love that they give is the love that’s free
So I know that it can’t be wrong, I feel when we’re apart
My path in my present even though I’m away,
I come back again
In December of 2021, the album was listed at no. 20 in Rolling Stone Australia’s ‘200 Greatest Albums of All Time’ countdown. I just feel lucky to be alive to hear this. You can find more information about Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu in my previous post – Djarimirri.