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Gather round people let me tell you're a story
An eight year long story of power and pride
British Lord Vestey and Vincent Lingiarri
Were opposite men on opposite sides

Vestey was fat with money and muscle
Beef was his business, broad was his door
Vincent was lean and spoke very little
He had no bank balance, hard dirt was his floor

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Gurindji were working for nothing but rations
Where once they had gathered the wealth of the land
Daily the pressure got tighter and tighter
Gurindju decided they must make a stand

They picked up their swags and started off walking
At Wattie Creek they sat themselves down
Now it don't sound like much but it sure got tongues talking
Back at the homestead and then in the town

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Vestey man said I'll double your wages
Seven quid a week you'll have in your hand
Vincent said uhuh we're not talking about wages
We're sitting right here till we get our land
Vestey man roared and Vestey man thundered
You don't stand the chance of a cinder in snow
Vince said if we fall others are rising


From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Then Vincent Lingiarri boarded an aeroplane
Landed in Sydney, big city of lights
And daily he went round softly speaking his story
To all kinds of men from all walks of life

And Vincent sat down with big politicians
This affair they told him is a matter of state
Let us sort it out, your people are hungry
Vincent said no thanks, we know how to wait

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

Then Vincent Lingiarri returned in an aeroplane
Back to his country once more to sit down
And he told his people let the stars keep on turning
We have friends in the south, in the cities and towns

Eight years went by, eight long years of waiting
Till one day a tall stranger appeared in the land
And he came with lawyers and he came with great ceremony
And through Vincent's fingers poured a handful of sand

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

That was the story of Vincent Lingairri
But this is the story of something much more
How power and privilege can not move a people
Who know where they stand and stand in the law

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow



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    UnregisteredAug 23, 2012 at 12:47 am
    Figureight! N. G. This aint a racetrack, did you draw that? In blood or? Dare me to eat the whole apple?
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    UnregisteredMay 14, 2012 at 2:27 am
    Paul kelly's fltbtg is about a key momment in the australian aboridginals strugle for equality and land rights, taken place in a cattle station in darwin
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    angel_darkfyreNov 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm
    It mean that if you know your worth and are willing to wait for and ask for what you deserve you will eventually receive it.
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    UnregisteredMar 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm
    I am absolutely amazing because this song is about how Vincent lingarriari fought for his people by sitting down and doing nothing at all whilst vestey man also known as lord vestey tried to make deals with Vincent and others to get them to work again but no matter what happened everyone just sat down doing nothing. His mother, his father, brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, grandparents too, friends, other family, neighbours and many many more people just sat there doing nothing what so ever. Come rain and shine that sat there like pigs over feed too stubby and fat to move but no they weren't fat and stubby pigs they were people that wouldn't let go of what is rightfully theirs. The land... I'm am so damn AMAZING
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    UnregisteredAug 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm
    Any major revolution in the history of the world has always begun with baby steps. The potential lies in triggering the start. The rest shall grow.

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