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Welcome to Message Stick. Hello, I'm Miriam Corowa. is a Darwin-based singer/songwriter Shellie Morris and awards for the past seven years. who's been winning over audiences of earthy and honest acoustic songs She describes her music as a mix

with contemporary instrumentation. often performing as the support act And while Shellie's and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, for bands like Yothu Yindi, Grinspoon hold her own onstage too. she can certainly As you'll see in today's program, recent performance featuring Shellie's

at the Sydney Opera House. FOGHORN BLOWS HUBBUB APPLAUSE Hello, everyone. I'm from Darwin, Northern Territory. My name's Shellie Morris.

And... ..it's really good to be here. for us mob up there. And thank you for your support GUITAR STARTS UP

# And everything looks beautiful # Through the eyes of a child, yeah one big playground # The world looks like

# Through their little eyes

# So full of love # So full of life # The tears washed away # So easily

# Through the eyes of a child # When everything looks wonderful # Through the eyes of a child, yeah

one big playground # Through their little eyes # So full of love # So full of life # The tears washed away

# So easily # Through the eyes of a child # Death don't know what it is # And everything looks beautiful # Everything looks wonderful # Through the eyes of a child, yeah # So full of love # And so full of life # The tears washed away # So easily # Through the eyes of a child

# Death don't know what it is. # APPLAUSE friend of mine from Yirrkala This song is written for a dear called Myrrhki. they kept calling me over, And when I first went there, I'm going, "Me?" "Shellie, Shellie?" You talk language?" "Shellie, Shellie. "Well, we'll teach you." I go, "Nothing." I go...I was working then.

till about...a couple of hours." I said, "I haven't got a break You gotta sit down now, Shellie." They said, "No, yaka. of language and I feel very proud. So they taught me a little bit a dear friend of mine. And this song is for Myrrhki, tears fall from our face Every time we see each other cos we're so happy. It's called Water Falls.

# Water falls # Yeah, it falls from my eyes washes the dust away # Just like the rain

# Yeah, yeah # Washes the dust away

# Yeah, yeah # You've been telling me that story # Didn't show me the way # Of love and of laughter

# You take my blues away-ay # And water falls # Yeah, it falls from my eyes

# Just like the rain # Washes the dust away # Yeah, yeah # Washes the dust away # Yeah, yeah

# No words can say # What I'm feeling today # And no-one can take away you brought my way # The beautiful things # Water falls # Yeah, it falls from my eyes

# Just like the rain # Washes the dust away # Yeah, yeah # Washes the dust away # Yeah, yeah # You take my blues away # And water falls # Yeah, it falls from my eyes # And just like the rain # Washes the dust away # Yeah, yeah # Washes the dust away # Yeah, yeah # Water falls. # APPLAUSE

who lives in Kakadu National Park. I have a sister 11 years ago. And I was reunited with her in the Hunter Valley. But I was working he been come from Kakadu, And one man, and he looked at me. being corporate and all. I was working for Avis, SCATTERED LAUGHTER I was good at that. doing here?" I said, "Working." And he said, "What are you "But I just saw you in Kakadu." I said, "No." He said, "Do you know where that is?" Territory. Have you got a twin?" And he said, "That's in the Northern I was adopted." I said, "I don't know. she lives in Kakadu National Park." He said, "You've got a sister and AUDIENCE EXCLAIMS And he was right. to find my family So it then took me on my journey same walk, same talk. who has the same face,

LAUGHTER country and they speak Matngele. And...so she lives on her mother's how to hunt... So she's been teaching me ..and fish. LAUGHTER (I still haven't gone fishing yet.) It's all good. But anyway I can catch snakes. Um... And I feel really proud, you know, to have in your life. and it's such a beautiful thing wrote this song together And so her and I

in her family's language, and in language, it says, "I've found my sister, language and culture." and we're teaching her So this is a story from her side. Cos I'm the oldest one, you're important to the family, and as the oldest one so this is what that song means. It's called Mandy's Song. It's a little bit country. (SINGS IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE)

# Then we're together # Not forever

# From here on # And on # I was sad we weren't together

# To play side by side

# Where were you when I needed you? # I felt sorry inside # And I know it wasn't your fault # Oh, yeah # That you grew up far away-yay # But now that you're here # It makes everything OK # And we're together # Not forever

# From here on

# And on (SINGS IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE) # And we're together # Not forever # From here on # Yeah, and we're together # Not forever. # APPLAUSE Thank you. to learn those five lines. It took me five hours around that You try and get your tongue good English, all your life. when you talk English, You know, I just went to London last week, right? And they said, "Oh, you don't talk with an Australian accent." I felt like saying, "I'm not a yobbo." (BROAD AUSTRALIA ACCENT) "How are you going, mate?" This is a song I wrote from remembering living in Sydney here and catching a train from Shire to...where was that place? Town Hall, eh? Town Hall. And I was on the train for two weeks!

And I obviously... like to smile at people.

It comes quite naturally, on and off stage. And I thought, "Well, everyone's in the same cabin every day. Maybe they'd like to smile back." LAUGHTER So I get on the train and go, "Hello." And they go... They're there again. "Hello." LAUGHTER So this is a song I wrote about that. It's called 40 Hours. # Work 40 hours # Just to get paid # Paying the house and the car rent # Got another babe

# You're here and I # Just want to relieve my pain # And I # Just want to relieve my

# Day to day, yeah # The same old faces just another day

# Same old people on the train and they're going the same way # You're here and I # Just want to relieve my pain # And I # Just want to relieve my

# Day to day # Work 40 hours # Oh-ah, just to get paid # I'm paying the house and the car rent # Got another babe # And I # Just want to relief my pain # I # Just want to relieve my day to day

# My day to day

# Would not know what day # My day to day. # APPLAUSE

My life's quite hilarious, really. I went and bought new shoes today. LAUGHTER Fancy shoes. But I came home with two left feet. LAUGHTER It didn't quite... I was nearly going to wear them tonight... This is for the women here. One shoe going this way and one going that way.

You would have noticed, hey? Totally.

You would have said, "Hey, you've got two left feet on." But this is another song. All my songs go from my family. And it's called Swept Away. And I've been lucky enough to sing this with a show called The Black Arm Band, murundak. And we've just performed in London and we performed here at the Opera House in January, so I hope you like it. And I was opera-trained, which is another funny story. How did that happen? I don't know. But it did. It's very hilarious. She'd get back from behind the piano. (POSH ACCENT) "And, Shellie, what nationality are you again?" And I'd say, "Aboriginal." "That's fantastic." And we'd do the scales and then she'd pop up from the piano. "And what nationality are you again?" LAUGHTER I said, "Aboriginal." "That's fantastic." And she said, "And how did you hit that note?" And I said, "Because you told me to." (LAUGHS)

# Nothing ever added up # Without you # Oh, yeah # The rubbish just heaped up # Without you # And I'm so # Swept away # With your love

# And I'm so # Swept away # With your love # My love # Get down now What's your name? # Love # The pieces have been picked up # Because of you # Oh, yeah # The puzzle's been linked up

# Because of you # Hold up by my neck Say I'm so

# Swept away # With your love # And I'm so # Swept away # With your love # My love # You don't know what's-her-name # My love

# The grass looks greener # Because of you # The breeze smells sweeter # Because of you # And I'm so # Swept away # With your love

# And I'm so # Swept away # With your love

# My love

# You don't know her what's-her-name

# My love # And I'm so # Swept away # With your love # And I'm so # Swept away # With your love # My love. # APPLAUSE Thank you very much. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Thank you, Tim.

That's the program this week. But be sure to join us again next week when we take a look at Shellie's personal journey in exploring her family roots and the influence this has had

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"One will arrive there in the capital, along wide avenues containing the Triumphal Arch,

the Pantheon of the Army, the Square of the People  things to take your breath away! Let it be built on such a scale that St Peter's and its Square will seem like toys in comparison. Those who enter the Reich Chancellery should feel that they stand before the lords of the world." 'This was Adolf Hitler's grandiose vision for Germania  a kind of hyper-Rome, to be built on top of Berlin as the new capital of his thousand-year Reich. In the end, Tempelhof Airport was one of the few of these edifices actually to be built here.

It gives us a glimpse of an empire that might have been. From here, Hitler intended, the Aryan race would rule over vast tracts of Lebensraum - 'living space'. Scheduled flights would allow the elite of the master race to fly from the capital to the Ukraine in a matter of hours. Thousands of miles to the east, Hitler's allies, the Japanese, were busy building their own version of Lebensraum, carving out a vast new empire in China and South-East Asia. Together, Germany and Japan were creating a new world order in which the Aryan and Yamato peoples would be the masters. Their megalomaniac visions came much closer to being realised than most people like to admit.' (SOLDIERS YELL ORDERS IN JAPANESE)

BUGLES PLAY MILITARY HYMN

'Between 1937 and 1942, no army seemed able to withstand them. The 20th century was a 100-year conflict - a war of the world. By its mid-point it was these bold new empire-states with their racial theories and totalitarian methods that seemed poised to win it.'

1942 was the year the world teetered on a knife-edge. It was the year the whole map of Eurasia appeared to have been redrawn. From the Rhine to the Volga, from Manchuria to the Marshall Islands,

huge tracts of land had changed political hands. Now, in the name of 'living space', they were to change populations too. But the methods the Axis powers used to build their empires meant that living space soon turned into killing space. SOLDIERS CHEER THEME MUSIC

This is the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which houses the souls of the 2.5 million service personnel who have died in battle since the 1860s. Every year, 6 million Japanese come here to worship those who laid down their lives for Emperor and country.