On Country (Single)

by Selekt Few

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(Verse 1: Shareef) Isn’t it supposed to be twenty first century, but government abandonment's leaving communities bleeding original peoples treated like second class citizens Colin Barnett still has the gall to say to all of them "Put yourself in my shoes for just a minute", rich white man, nice house, inner western city limits Premier of a state established on stolen lands exactly the kinda guy who reaps all of the benefits thousands at parliament standing screaming at him that it always was always will be again Aboriginal lands he's trying to take them away same game being played since seventeen eighty eight a circuit break; what we hope and need to be we need to see a switch in, the basics of policy from racism to sovereignty; a treaty in our time we better when we’re one, united we survive! Hook: (Della Rae Morrison, Ronnie Smith & Charley) my feet stand on this country we're connected to the core like the roots of a tree land keeps me strong more and more and more we have a spiritual connection it's our heart it's our soul don't break my heart, my family don't destroy our home (Scratch Bridge) We will not stand for the dismantling of the dreams of our elders our communities are our home (Verse 2: Bryte MC) Closing our indigenous communities is lunacy they drive us in and kick us out and strip our opportunities call me a whinging abo ay yo that ain't freakin' new to me I rep it musically at your funeral for a eulogy the importance of purity, of culture and unities human communication and justice no matter who you be the destruction of sacred sites to dig for jewelry uranium or coal, to poison the place of beauty see all of my dope family they grow and support with each eye open we climbing over slowing reports we know it's a rort cos tony talks slow and distraught after cohorting with his mates in the courts on funding reforms living the Gatsby life, see 'em connive and probably swap wives at a chateau in the Forbes spinning the lies and cutting cultural ties they fucking multiple lives in the shadow of resource dead shits claim we take tax money and get pissed but check this governments friends list and fighter jet fix there's stolen land under every house you can buy least they can do is afford the basic human rights. (Hook: Della Rae Morrison, Ronnie Smith & Charley) my feet stand on this country we're connected to the core like the roots of a tree land keeps me strong more and more and more we have a spiritual connection it's our heart it's our soul don't break my heart, my family don't destroy our home (Scratch Bridge) We will not stand for the dismantling of the dreams of our elders our communities are our home (Verse 3: Percuss) Here we are now in the place I call country some people are being racist and it's obvious they can't see the bigotry, the irony, in the things that kickstart these fiery debates, like I don't wanna hear it, I'm done pleeaaaase who the hell are you and who the hell am i to sit and and deny anyone their cultural rights especially when that culture was here before mine and if you can't respect that we're gonna argue for nights! it's simple and plain to me, the ripples insane to see all across the nation the people are arguing over the lives of other people they hardly ever really met or probably give a shit about takes some clout, to remove them from their homes multiple times like you're the boss of their own makes me doubt, if you understand the throes communities closing downs not something we condone (Outro) It was their dream to go back to country we will fight this every step of the way until we can say our communities are safe from the threat of forced closures our land is our home our communities sit on our lands and our law is in that land and we shall not accept anything to do with forced closures we will fight this every step of the way
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‘On Country’ is a clean and enjoyable musical experience. But it's also a strong call to action against forced community closures, named for its emotive chorus featuring local singer-songwriters Della Rae Morrison, Ronnie Smith, and Charley.

With Rob Shaker producing the beat and Bryte MC, Charley and Della all on board from very early on, we knew we were on to something unique.

The end result is a strong political statement denouncing racism, and calling for human rights, a treaty and sovereignty for Aboriginal people. But most importantly it is an act of solidarity with all people living ‘On Country’.

ALL OUR PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS SONG WILL BE DONATED TO #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA - www.sosblakaustralia.com

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released November 26, 2015

Cover artwork by: Julie Dowling
Written by: Shareef, Percuss, Bryte MC, Della Rae Morrison, Ronnie Smith & Charley
Produced by: Rob Shaker
Recorded by: Rob Shaker @ Shake Down Studios, Ruxton (scratches) & Brody Simpson @ Underground Recording Studios (marching snare)
Mixed by: Ruxton
Mastered by: Joe Carra @ Crystal Mastering
Vocals by: Shareef, Percuss, Bryte MC, Della Rae Morrison, Ronnie Smith & Charley
Scratches by: DJ Tek
Spoken word by: Mitch Torres
Marching snare by: Brody Simpson
Horns by: Brendan Scott Grey & Matt Smith

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Selekt Few Perth, Australia

Selekt Few are a Perth based hip hop band.

Our sophomore release ‘#1 Solace Lane’ - available now - is the first in a four-part vinyl series and was released on November 11, 2019.

We make music we enjoy and deliver personal and political messages we relate to.
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