Geoffrey M. Dominy

Sacred Ground

Aboriginal Man

Eight Note

Verse One

You can beg, beg for his forgiveness.
You can hope this all just goes away.
He has paid for the sins of your fathers.
Who took his lands with outstretched hands.

Chorus

One earth, one sky, borne in ancient times.
One day, you will understand, that you stand on sacred ground.

Verse Two

He was taught, throughout the generations.
What was right and what was wrong.
They have stolen, the soul of a nation.
With blood stained hands, they crossed his lands.

Chorus

One earth, one sky, borne in ancient times.
One day, you will understand, that you stand on sacred ground.

Verse Three

Once proud, he is now forgotten.
He was strong, he was free.
He has lived in the shadow of the white man.
Who stole his lands with outstretched hands.

Chorus

One earth, one sky, borne in ancient times.
One day, you will understand, that you stand on sacred ground.

Outro

One earth, one sky, one universe, he cries.
One sun, one moon, one spirit that died too soon.
Born of ancient times (x3), reborn on scared ground (x2)

Words & Music - Geoff Dominy

About the Song

This was an incredibly hard song to write. I started out with two different ideas and then tried to merge them into one. Feeling quite frustrated that it was not moving in the direction I wanted, I turned on the television and watched a fascinating segment on BBC News about Uluru and how the aboriginals were going to ban hikers from climbing on their sacred ground. As it turned out, during her research, the reporter found out that Ayers Rock was actually named after her great-grandfather Sir Henry Ayers, 8th Premier of South Australia. She felt quite uneasy about this discovery and told one of the elders who she was interviewing, seeking his forgiveness. He responded that 'what was past was past' and that they only looked to the future. The line 'One earth, one sky, borne in ancient times. One day, you will understand, that you stand on sacred ground'. suddenly came into my head and I knew then that the song had to be about their plight and how sacred their lands are to them. I added a didgeridoo sampling from a ten hour recording that Dimitri Steyaert uploaded on September 5th, 2013. The cool 'marimba' pattern that continues throughout the song is from my old Yamaha keyboard.