Intervention Pay Back

23 September 2015

I love my wife she right skin for me pretty one my wife young one found her in
the next community over across the hills little bit long way not far

And from there she give me good kids funny kids mine we always laughing all
together and that wife she real good mother make our wali real nice flowers and
grass patch and chickens I like staying home with my kids

And from there I build cubby house yard for the horse see I make them things from
the left overs from the dump all the left overs from fixing the houses and all the
left overs I make cubby house and chicken house

And in the house we teach the kids don’t make mess go to school learn good so you
can work round here later good job good life and the government will leave you alone

And from there tjamu and nana bin tell us the story when the government was worse
rations government make up all the rules but don’t know culture cant sit in the sand
oh tjamu and nana they got the best story we always laughing us mob

And from there night time when we all aslepp all together on the grass patch dog and
cat and kids my wife and me them kids they ask really good questions about them olden
days about today them real ninti them kids they gunna be right

And from there come intervention John Howard he make up new rules he never even
come to see us how good we was doing already Mal Brough he come with the army
we got real frightened true thought he was gunna take the kids away just like tjamu
and nana bin tell us

I run my kids in the sand hills took my rifle up there and sat but they was all just lying
changing their words all the time wanting meeting today and meeting tomorrow we
was getting sick of looking at them so everyone put their eyes down and some even shut
their ears

And from there I didn’t care too much just kept working fixing the housing being
happy working hard kids go to school wife working hard too didn’t care too much
we was right we always laughing us mob all together

But then my wife she come home crying says her money in quarantine but I didn’t know
why they do that we was happy not drinking and fighting why they do that we ask
the council to stop the drinking and protect the children hey you know me ya bloody
mongrel I don’t drink and I look after my kids I bloody well fight ya you say that
again hey settle down we not saying that Mal Brough he saying that don’t you watch
the television he making the rules for all the mobs every place Northern Territory
he real cheeky whitefella but he’s the boss we gotta do it

And from there I tell my wife she gets paid half half in hand half in the store her
money in the store now half and half me too all us building mob but I cant buy
tobacco or work boots you only get the meat and bread just like the mission days
just like tjamu and nana bin tell us

And from there I went to the store to get meat for our supper but the store run out
only tin food left so I asked for some bullets I’ll go shoot my own meat but sorry
they said you gotta buy food that night I slept by hungry and I slept by myself
thinking about it

And from there the government told us our job was finish the government bin give us the
sack we couldn’t believe it we bin working CDEP for years slow way park the truck at
the shed just waiting for something for someone with tobacco

The other mens reckon fuck this drive to town for the grog but I stayed with my kids
started watching the television trying to laugh not to worry just to be like yesterday

And from there the politician man says I’ll give you real job tells me to work again
but different only half time sixteen hours but I couldn’t understand it was the same
job as before but more little less pay and my kids can’t understand when they come
home from school why I can’t buy the lolly for them like I used to before I don’t want to
tell them I get less money for us now

And from there they say my wife gets too much money I gunna miss out again I’m getting
sick of it don’t worry she says I’ll look after you but I know that’s not right way
I’m getting shame my brother he gets shame too he goes to town for drinking leaves his
wife behind leaves his kids

And from there I drive round to see tjamu he says his money in the store too poor bloke
he can’t even walk that far and I don’t smile I look at the old man he lost his smile
too but nana she cooking the damper and the roo tail she trying to smile she always
like that

And from there when I get home my wife gone to town with the sister in law she gone look
for my brother he might be stupid on the grog he not used to it she gotta find him
might find him with another woman make him bleed drag him home

And from there my wife come back she real quiet true tells me she went to casino them
other kungkas took her taught her the machines she lost all her money she lost her
laughing

And from there all the kids bin watching us quiet way not laughing round so we all go
swimming down the creek all the families there together we happy again them boys we
take them shooting chasing the malu in the car we real careful with the gun not gunna
hurt my kids no way

And from there my wife she sorry she back working hard save the money kids gunna get
new clothes I gunna get my tobacco and them bullets but she gone change again getting her
pay forgetting her family forget yesterday only thinking for town with the sister in law

And my wife she got real smart now drive for miles all dressed up going to the casino with
them other kungkas for the Wednesday night draw

I ready told you I love my kids I only got five two pass away already and I not
complaining bout looking after my kids no way but when my wife gets home if she spent all
her money not gunna share with me and the kids I might hit her first time

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