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Gulaga Dreaming (version 1)


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Part of my work involves long drives up and down the coast between Pambula Beach, where I live, and Wollongong, near Sydney - around five hours each way. I usually stay in Batemans Bay on my way home, in a motel overlooking the Clyde River, then pass by Gulaga as I head back through Narooma. Gulaga is a place of great significance to the local aboriginal people (members of the Yuin tribe), and is considered to be the “mother mountain”, the source of life in their legends. Gulaga the mother – Najanuga (a smaller hill at her feet) and Barranguba (Montague Island out to sea) are her sons.
These long drives are a time of meditation of sorts, and a time when I write and review songs – this song was written on the last trip I’ll do in this job.
I wanted to write something more like my earlier songs – my recent posts have been a bit far away from what I really love: guitar, bass, drums and percussion behind three part harmonies.
As usual, play it loud.
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Lyrics
Gulaga Dreaming
© Neil Porter 5/2006

Another breakfast on the road
In my bower above Batemans Bay
Watching the river boats
Strain against the tide to get away

Who owns these hands?
Who owns the face behind the mirror?
Whose thoughts are these?
That drift around inside my head?

I try to see things differently
It seems the more you look
Sometimes the more you see
Small things say so much to me
Sometimes a different light
Can lead to better sight

Gulaga watches out to sea
The mother mountain sees me passing by
Najanuga at her feet
Barranguba playing in the ocean free

These Yuin lands
What history played out in my garden?
These stolen shores
These remnants of a dreamtime song

Can hardly wait to get back home
Too many hours on this lonely road
Too much time to think
Too much time to be out here on my own

These timeless days
These hours of hope and meditation
Your warm embrace
My old man’s hands, this ancient place

I try to see things differently
It seems the more you look
Sometimes the more you see
Small things say so much to me
Sometimes a different light
Can lead to better sight

Another breakfast on the road
In my bower above Batemans Bay
Watching the river boats
Strain against the tide to get away

Who owns these hands?
Who owns the face behind the mirror?
Whose thoughts are these?
That drift around inside my head?
Song Stats
Hits: 4601
Comments: 35
Fans: 8
Plays: 422
Downloads: 149
Votes: 13
Uploaded: Jun 07, 2006 - 06:13:27 AM
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2007 - 11:53:50 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 03:52:49 AM
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Hardware:
Seagull S6 acoustic guitar
Fender Precision bass
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iMac G4
Software:
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Comments
Tadashi Togawa said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Mellow time
Drums of the start is more powerful than that always.
Impressive.
The slide guitar tells a good sense.
As for the singing voice, it thinks of mellow time.
Is this photograph the vicinity?
Very fantastic rock.
Check out my latest song called Mexican taste
jiguma said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Mellow time
Thank you Tadashi. I'm glad you liked the slide - I was worried about it : )
The photo is taken at the top of Galaga, where there are large granite rocks
which have spiritual significance to the Yuin people. I have climbed here and
it is very beautiful.
Neil


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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Galaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Tadashi Togawa said 4152 days ago (June 8th, 2006)
Mellow time
Also in Japan, there is a rock with very old history.
It is scattered in some places all over Japan.
There is a reason respectively.

"Married couple rock" can be seen in a live image on this site.
This rock is a sacred rock.
It is worshiped, and it is familiar from old times.

Please see.
http://www3.eco.pref.mie.jp/avon/shizen/marugoto/meoto/meoto.html
Check out my latest song called Mexican taste
jiguma said 4152 days ago (June 9th, 2006)
Mellow time
These Japanese rocks are also very beautiful Tadashi!
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
renecalvo said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Sea worthy
I can feel the ocean mist as I stand by the side of the road. Once again I hear the Beatles influence. Great lyrics. Very beautifully balanced and layered mix. Why not use a female for the harmonies? There seem to be plenty around on macjams. It would add another dimension.
Check out my latest song called Mumbo Jumbo
jiguma said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Sea worthy
Thanks Rene - the main reason I do the harmonies myself is that I really
enjoy doing them. I suspect I'd also enjoy doing harmonies with someone
else too (and did on Unobtainable Remedy with Nolan), and maybe that's
something for a bit later on - some of my songs are almost too personal to
expect someone else to sing.
Beatles comment is appreciated.
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Galaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
What a nice way...
to begin my day. Lovely tune. I especially love the vocal harmonies. I very
much enjoy the philosophical musings. And the raw yet understated
slides are a treat.

I just burned a 6 hour long "Best of Macjams" MP3. Quite a few of your
tunes are on it. I wish I'd waited a day---this belongs on it as well!

Take care Neil!
jiguma said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
What a nice way...
Hi Mike, thanks for visiting, listening and leaving a comment. The vocals are
first takes - I tried to make them smoother, but every time I re-did them,
although my voice sounded better, the combination lost enthusiasm, so I left
it raw. It's a relief that the slides sounded OK - I was really unsure about
whether they were up to scratch. "Understated" is a very kind word for it : )
The lyrics were written over dinner and breakfast in Batemans Bay and on the
road that day - fun to sit writing songs with your bacon and eggs.
Cheers,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Galaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
thetiler said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
interesting lyrics , the music embellishes
Haunting lyrics
Thanks for sharing your thoughts through text and music.

Interesting approach to your lyrics.
You've created a nice folk sound for yourselff and the words are toppings
on the cake.

Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
jiguma said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
interesting lyrics , the music embellishes
Thanks Bill,
I'm really glad you noticed the lyrics - I think they might be my best so far,
and they still send chills up my spine when I read them. As they say, "small
things say a lot to me", and I'm starting to look at the detail in everyday life
and really take notice of what's around me more and more.
I have to apologise here for not getting to some of your recent songs - I've
been a little distracted : ) I hope Peach Tree City is working out for you guys.
Take care,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Galaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
musicmarket said 4154 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
small things say so much to me
oh neil. its a wonderful song.... very very peaceable... production is not
too big, not too small.....!!!!! it sounds so easy, so airy.....
for grandpa and grandchild:: another breakfast on your road.
GREAT RESPECT. best from berlin
olaf
Check out my latest song called Rauhes Lied (Rough Song)
jiguma said 4153 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
small things say so much to me
Vielen Dank Olaf - really pleased to get your comment. I think you would
enjoy the area I live (and work) in. Compared to Berlin it is indeed
"peaceable, easy and airy", and inspiring in quite a different way to Berlin (a
city I love by the way).
Alles gute!
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Galaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Scott Carmichael said 4153 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
great writing Neil
they say I'm 50 now... I'm compelled to believe them because they have
paper work to prove it... it's odd aging, you do see things different,
and time is speeding up... at least gravity isn't variable... I love the line
"what history played out" to think of them give us fresh perspective on
our own timelines... provocative song here... and the guitar sounds
great
Check out my latest song called Dogwood
jiguma said 4153 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
great writing Neil
Thanks Scott - that line you mentioned hit me when I wrote it down - we live
on the edge of bushland - and I mean bushland for a very long way - miles
and miles - and in an area with a fairly significant aboriginal history. With
our outlook down to the sea in a spot sheltered from southerly winds, I
imagine local people over many centuries using what is now our garden as a
vantage point to see the area around. European history has buildings and
books and paintings to show what it was like - our aboriginal culture left
none of these, so one has to imagine "what history played out in my garden".
Sorry about the convoluted explaination - I'm sure I could have said that
more simply : )
Time does seem to go faster, and gravity certainly seems relentless from
where I see it!
Appreciate you dropping by for a listen.
Neil

---
<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 4153 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Gosh...
So many thoughts and feelings in this song. Neil, this is very Donovan,
except with harmonies which are so warm and inviting. The guitar lede
break is shades of G. Harrison. And as Mike stated... some wonderful
lyrical musings. This is a winner tune... back to roots, back to basics.

cheers,

Jack
said 4153 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Gosh...
btw, I D/L-ed and fav'd this baby. This is a comeback-to-again tune.

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Dadai / latest song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21502">Drawn Into The Light</a>
...making melody with your heart
jiguma said 4153 days ago (June 7th, 2006)
Gosh...
Glad you liked this Jack - it's a special one for me. I was listening to some of
my earlier songs (especially Thin Man Dreams) and thought I'd like to head
back there. Reasonably successful I suppose. The slides were something of a
leap of faith as I have never really learnt how to play slide properly , but love
the sound it makes. I would never have picked Donavan, but now you
mention it ......... I loved Atlantis.
Cheers,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 4153 days ago (June 8th, 2006)
Gosh...
Atlantis was exactly the song I was thinking of... and I love lthat one too.

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Dadai / latest song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21502">Drawn Into The Light</a>
...making melody with your heart
perceptualvortex said 4153 days ago (June 8th, 2006)
Vibe
is great as usual; the guitar, the laid back groove and your nice understated singing give this a very smooth, philosophical feel. Which goes with the lyrics, I spose. I like the harmonies and slide guitar as well. I played this loud, but I'm not sure that was necessary; this seems to fill a room at any volume. Great stuff, Neil.
Check out my latest song called Mercury (RPM 6)
jiguma said 4152 days ago (June 9th, 2006)
Vibe
Thanks for the visit and kind comments David - I really like doing these laid
back songs, and am beginning to enjoy writing lyrics at last too.
Cheers,
Neil

---
<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Macaudion said 4152 days ago (June 8th, 2006)
I really love this song Neil
What I really like about your last two post, Neil is that you seem to be
emerging from within yourself, musically and personally - I don't know
if I'm saying it right, cause it didn't read exactly like I wanted - The
quality of your music, your presence..., everything seems to be more
simple and clear and CLEANER - you just sound more and more self-
assured too, or something - And it's not that I ever once thought that
maybe it should be be a focus - So it's like a bonus treat when
listening to your music - I like your voice when it's closer to natural
and promise not to mention this again - Your writing is as beautiful as
it always is - I'm sure that I've already used up my shares of listens for
this tune - I can't seem to hear it enough - This is truly a wonderful
piece my friend - Thank you for sharing you - Dion
Check out my latest song called Picture country living
jiguma said 4152 days ago (June 9th, 2006)
I really love this song Neil
Hey Dion!
As always, your comments are a treat - thanks for all the positives. I'm really
starting to feel more comfortable doing this MacJams thing, especially the
vocals, so I think you've nailed it when you mention me sounding more self-
assured. It's kind of like "OK, I can do this" and enjoying the ride, whereas up
until recently, I've been uncertain that I'd be able to pull songs off. I'm just
really loving writing and playing, and maybe that's just showing up more
these days.
Appreciate your ongoing support - "Pacific Moments" is up next (I think!).
Feel free to play this one as often as you like : )
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Ed Hannifin said 4152 days ago (June 9th, 2006)
I think I understand....
...what people are saying about the emerging Neil/jiguma sound...

This song again sounds jiguma-ish, but there's MOTION, and it's
motion in the direction of more you coming out at each iteration...

So, one can make comparisons, and they are good comparisons, to bits
of a Donovan sound, and definitely a George Harrison sound, and, to
my ears, still, a Bruce Cockburn travelogue thing between the loping
beat and chord progression and the lyrics...

And one can be aware of the differences. Your vocals seem a little more
forward in the mix, maybe less smoothed or less doubled... The
opening drum beat is a twinge harder...And that slide bit isn't like
anyone else's slide playing in my experience...

By the way, that opening drum beat SO reminds me of the drum beat I
used to use to write or practice to on my old Boss BR-8...I just
completely went 'awww' when it appeared, and welcomed it with open
arms just for that....

My meditative music absorbing and reflecting time is walking to work
and back, and this one goes to the iPod for that purpose
immediately...I think that like so many of Cockburn's songs, the lyrics
here are going to continue growing on me...

Ed
jiguma said 4152 days ago (June 9th, 2006)
I think I understand....
Evening Ed - saw you lurking in "who's online", and pleased to get your
comment. As usual,
I'm very pleased with the Bruce Cockburn comparison. As I've said above, I'm
getting more and more confident - proof of the pudding will be if I get up the
courage to play live (a retirement plan). Impending retirement (14 days to go)
and becoming a
grandpa have also had an effect in that I'm feeling a real sense of change at
the moment and really liking it. I'm also starting to feel like a musician again
after maybe 30 years of being something else, and that feels good. The lyrics
are a reflection on change in a way - my own personal changes and the
"bigger picture" of historical/cultural change.
Hope they get into your head.
Cheers,
Neil

---
<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Einarus said 4152 days ago (June 9th, 2006)
Nice trip
It's always kinda hard coming up straight after a comment from Ejh - feel
like I have outwrite him, which is quite the task...

Anyway,
this sounds pretty good. The vocals sound a tad off key at times, but I
really don't mind - it just adds more to the reality of it, if you know what I
mean.
Nice progression and good recording/performance.
An enjoyable listen, for sure!

-E
Check out my latest song called "I Hate Goodbyes"
jiguma said 4152 days ago (June 9th, 2006)
Nice trip
Thanks for the listen Einar! I was goinf to put this up with some pitch correc
tion, but every time I listened to that version, it just sounded fals (same thing
when I tried re-resording the vox). I've decided I'll never be a singer who hits
the right note every time, but that that's what makes my songs a bit more
personal. I really appreciate this comment, as it was something I was aware
of.
Cheers,
Neil

---
<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Doadars Uncle said 4151 days ago (June 10th, 2006)
Nice
Teachings from the art of Nature, a reflection of the self.

Nice feel to this song!
Check out my latest song called Don't Leave (remix)
jiguma said 4150 days ago (June 11th, 2006)
Nice
Thanks for dropping by Doug,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
TobinMueller said 4147 days ago (June 14th, 2006)
Authentic and artful
The more I study your music, the more I dig it. Another exceptional
textual foray, wonderfully rhythmic groove, authentic and unique vocal
performance, great layering. The slide guitar solo is a great touch, altho
its lazy pitch and note choices really thru me. Mellow and outside time,
just like you wanted.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
jiguma said 4146 days ago (June 14th, 2006)
Authentic and artful
Thanks for the listen Tobin. I really appreciate your visits to my songs
and your comments because I know my style probably catches you a
little off guard sometimes. Your music is usually so tightly performed
and thoughtfully produced, while mine is often raw and loose. This
makes your enjoyment of what I do even more satisfying. Your
comments on some of my earlier songs ("Occidental Sun" was the first I
think) gave me confidence, as does your comment here, to continue to
develop my new found skills in music. I hope my excitement at being
able to do this still comes through in my music.
Thanks again,
Neil

---
<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Mcboy said 4143 days ago (June 18th, 2006)
kool.....
extrapolation of nature to thoughts and feelings....and well delivered....!
Check out my latest song called Bluesphemy (MJRF 2010)
selters said 4138 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
GREAT!
I havent been around much lately, so there are a lot of your tunes that i have missed, However i am trying to catch up a little today! This song was a great one to start, I think this might be the song of yours that i like the best. You still have the mysterious Jiguma sound, but i think i hear a little difference in this song. Is it a slideguitar i hear? It was really cool. Your voice sounds very good, and so does your harmonies. However i seem to sense a few tones a bit out of key. Anyway the song sounds great and its a download and Fav!
Check out my latest song called The Callous Way You Act
jiguma said 4138 days ago (June 23rd, 2006)
GREAT!
Thanks for the visit Magnus - glad you liked it. I was in a bit of a rush with
this and left some vocal glitches in which probably should have been
removed. I think the fact that I have the vox so loud in the mix didn't help
much either.

I always appreciate these late comments - makes me feel like the song is still
"alive".

Thanks again, Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21517"> Gulaga Dreaming </a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/21013"> Northern Road</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Nikos said 4119 days ago (July 12th, 2006)
I listen
I listen to this track somtimes 2 or 3 times in a row just cause I enjoy
it so much and also its a way to keep it playing in my head throughout
the day. Thank you for making the music you make, you've enriched
my life.
-Nikos
Check out my latest song called Perspectives (Solo Guitar)
Dennis James said 4025 days ago (October 14th, 2006)
Oh boy!
This stuff is all too much for a homesick boy staring out at the snow!!!!
Check out my latest song called All Dried Out.
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