White man, white law, white gun

In 1982, ten years before Paul Keating’s Redfern speech, the song Solid Rock by Goanna became a hit, reaching number two on the Australian singles charts. Young Australians, for the first time, were asked to imagine the injustice of European settlement on Indigenous Australians.

Well they were standin’ on the shore one day
Saw the white sails in the sun
Wasn’t long before they felt the sting
White man, white law, white gun
Don’t tell me that it’s justified
Cause somewhere someone lied
Yeah, well someone lied
Someone lied
Genocide
Well someone lied oh
— Shane Howard

 

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