My Brown-skin baby they take him away

Apropos of nothing – possibly the government’s policy/attitudes toward indigenous people being – rightly – labelled assimilationist by former Family Court chief justice Elizabeth Evatt.

I give* you Bob Randall‘s masterpiece, My Brown-skin Baby.

UPDATE: the .mp3 file is gone, now. Email me if you want it (my email address can be found on my staff page, here)

Also Ted Egan – master songwriter, poet and storyteller, and whose work you really ought to support – and a poem by Bruce Simpson, Assimilation.

Finally, a very fine (and, by me, very favoured) poem by actress, writer, teacher, artist and campaigner for Aboriginal rights, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, My People:

No more woomera, no more boomerang,
No more playabout, no more the old ways.
Children of nature we were then,
No clocks hurrying crowds to toil.
Now I am civilized and work in the white way,
Now I have dress, now I have shoes:
‘Isn’t she lucky to have a good job!’
Better when I had only a dillybag.
Better when I had nothing but happiness.

You can find more of Oodgeroo’s poetry here and here.

*”give” not actually defined according to the meaning of give. You can keep this on your harddrive for 30 days, then you must delete it, buy 100 copies of the album and send the RIAA a cheque for a hundred gazillion golden dubloons.


4 comments so far

  1. Ben Sibson on

    Hi there,

    I would dearly love if you could send me the “Brown Skin Baby” mp3. I’m looking to buy the CD that has the track but I’m not sure if it is this one or another version by “Tiddas”. Anyway, if you could, would be very grateful.

    bsibson”replace with at symbol”


  2. Kate on


    I’ve been searching for the complete lyrics to Bob Randall’s ‘Brown Skin Baby’ but without any luck. If you are able to forward them to me I’d be extremely grateful.

    Kind regards.

  3. alex on

    i was wondering if i could please have the lyrics to brown skin baby

  4. Anonymous on


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