Project Description

October 2013 -Uncle Alfred’s Men’s Group – ‘Spear of Destiny’

‘Spear of Destiny was written, recorded and shot in just four days in Townsville, QLD as part of the Song Nation 2013 storytelling tour of Australia.

Uncle Alfred Smallwood is an Indigenous elder and community leader in Townsville, QLD who is creating real change for young men in his community.

Uncle Alfred’s Men’s Group is a volunteer service for young men caught up in the justice system, and who are trying to re-engage with community, culture and country and break the cycle of sentencing.

There is a focus on cultural mentoring, on ‘reclaiming your spear’ and taking responsibility for yourself and your family. This song and music video was created over four days in October 2013, to help spread Uncle Alfred’s important message.

We would like to pay our respect to the people of the Bindal & Wulgurukaba, traditional owners of the country upon which this song was made.

Special thanks to Uncle Alfred Smallwood and Aunty Gail Mabo, Jane Westlake, Joel Westlake, Toby Finlayson, and of course all the Warriors from Uncle Alfred’s Men’s Group.

LYRICS

Wadda Mooli — Maiem we the warriors, yep
With a spear and a whap we was destined to rep
Before time — to my very last breath
‘The blood of the warrior beats in my chest’

My spear is my knowledge, tip to drive through
From my ancestors passed down to me and you
We the warriors — yep, got spirit within
Pride in my people — colour of my skin

Genocide, rations, Centrelink, jail
Stood up in court and shown how you fail
I am the lost warrior, father, man
Once held a spear, replaced by a tin can

Bound by tradition I’m that man on a mission
I’m a listen to the rhythm of my ancestor’s vision
My ambition, the warrior, born and bred
In the name of my children I’m a use my head

CHORUS

Callin’ all my backup — I represent/present
The black trackers, the grandfathers
The black brothers, the headhunters
The big balas, the baby mamas
Blood of the warrior

Callin all the murris, I represent — present
The father, the role model, the lore maker
The leg shaker, the groundbreaker
Blood of the Warrior

L to the O to the R to the E
My lore, my life, my culture is me
L for my land O for original
R for respect for my fellow Aboriginal

E for my elders that show me the way
That made me the warrior I am today
To all my young Murris we in this together
Time to man up bruz – now or never

BREAK

CHORUS

The black trackers, the grandfathers
The black brothers, the headhunters
The big balas, the baby mamas
Blood of the warrior

Callin all the murris, I represent — present
The father, the role model, the lore maker
The leg shaker, the groundbreaker
Blood of the Warrior

CREDITS

Toby Finlayson – Director/ Co-Writer/ Cinematographer/ Editor
Joel Westlake — Music Director/ Co-Writer
Roy Weiland — Motion Graphics/ Grading
David Nicholas — Audio Mixing
Bob Scott — Audio Mastering