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Paul Kelly – From Little Things Big Things Grow lyrics

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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    Taylor
    This song brings out the message of Aboriginal rights and their ownership of land. It explains about an Abriginal man [Vincent Lingairri] that stands up for Aboriginal rights.
    The story is basically about a man that visits Sydney to talk to politicians about their rights.
    The last line of the ninth verse tells us that the 'stranger' (presumably representing the government) has given back the land.
    This is a song/poem that tells us briefly of how a man stood up to his land rights and how he succeed: "from little things to big things..."
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    fitzloy
    Like Jesus, like Gandhi. Like Rosa Parks. This is a song about a man who made a difference to his people. It's about standing strong for what you believe, for what is right and for what is fair. Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody tell this story so well, this song is a tribute to the inspiring tale of Vincent Lingiarri. It seems a little thing, to stand on principle, but from little things, big things grow. Australia's Aboriginal land rights movement was born from this moment.
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    azure
    Macisking you goose - you say "this song has no meaing at all. it is an absoloute joke and a disgrace to a song it is bloody disgusting and there is no way i would download this crap off limewire an absolute joke"
    You don't know what you're talking about! No meaning? Wtf? Goose! Or are you a racist fascist pig?
    Our Indigenous nations thank Paul Kelly & Kev Carmody for a beautiful song.
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    Unregistered
    From Little Things Big Things Grow is a song composed in the late '80s about an aboriginal man named Vincent Lingiari and the events of the Wave Hill Walk-off. After listening to the song I feel as though I learnt something I wouldn't have if I had attempted to learn it through a text or anything besides a song.

    Some people wouldn't notice the way the song tells a story of courage and determination. In the beginning it tells that Vincent Lingiari and the British Lord Vestey were two different men on two different sides. Vestey was larger than the average man and had lots of people to back him up in anything he did, whereas Vincent was small and only had his tribe on his side. The Gurindji’s were forced to work on the land they once called their own for barely anything at all, this is what started the wave hill walk-off. Vestey offered to give them each eighteen quid a week instead of nine if they backed down, but Vincent refused. The strike continued and Vincent flew out to Sydney, and as well as sharing his story, he spoke to big politicians who told him to back down because his people were hungry, but he said, and I quote, "No thanks, we know how to wait." He flew back and, after eight long years of waiting, Gough Whitlam poured threw his fingers a handful of sand, symbolizing that the land was once again owned by their tribe.

    I think that the tone of the song was calm and relaxed, making it more informative than maybe a rock of heavy metal song would be, especially because you can understand more than three words. The wording was not too complex, making it so younger people knew what he was talking about, but the way the words were used make the song sound important, but not so much that it sounded too smart for a kid in primary school. I think Paul Kelly’s reason for writing the song was both to inform people and to show that he was proud of his Australian background.

    Taylor from LyricsMode quoted "This song brings out the message of Aboriginal rights and their ownership of land. It explains about an Aboriginal man [Vincent Lingiari] that stands up for Aboriginal rights." And I agree with her! This is a beautiful song and is well written, it also sends a message…

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