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Took the Children Away by Archie Roach (Nourishing Terrains)

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This story’s right, the story’s true

I would not tell lies to you

Like the promises they did not keep

And how they fenced us in like sheep

Said to us come take our hand

Sent us off to mission land

Taught us to read, to write and pray,

Then took the children away.

Took the Children away

The Children away

Snatched from their mother’s breast

Said it was for the best

Took them away…

One sweet day all the children came back

The children came back

The children came back

Back where their hearts grow strong

Back where they all belong

The children came back

Said the children came back

The children came back

Back where they understand

Back to their mother’s land

The children came back.

Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)

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