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1.
Crossover 05:39
Blissfully true Honestly real An admiration For my lonely days without you Second to none A love big enough to measure all the stars Larger than Life A smile so bright To light up all my days When all of the while I couldn’t see You building devotion and delight If there is that place Now I gotta run It’s here, you’re looking back on me You were the sugar and the cream Gluing the family dream You were a healer of hearts Our matriarch Second to none A love big enough to measure all the stars Larger than Life A smile so bright To light up all my days When all the while I couldn’t see you Building devotion and delight If there is a place I wanna run It’s here, you’re looking back on me I know you're close Not far from me When I cross over You'll be calling out to me
2.
I don’t know if he’s the one for me Cause he that fire, then that evening breeze we been through all the walls Been through it all Never thought we end up this free Wasn’t easy You, you never gave up on me Baby don’t stop loving me You know, I’m not that easy to please Baby don’t give up on me Don’t, don’t give up on (x 2) See I was the once jealous And made feel ashamed Never felt respected Needed to get up and change my way Looking for that head strong Just looking for the right one Challenge me for all my days Make me change my ways It wasn’t easy Cause you never gave up on me Baby don’t stop loving me You know I’m not that easy to please, yeah Bridge: Wanna really make it Wanna stop fighting Boy I wanna try this time Need to really make it Wanna be your woman Babe I’m ready for this life (It’s more than enough Need you to ease my trouble mind) Don’t give up, don’t give up Don’t give up Don’t give up ooh
3.
Hold On 04:25
Boy you know I’m into you Do all the things we wanna do Cause you treat me the way I like it It’s not about making a fuss It’s all leading right back to us Try to take your time Like the way you take your time Hold on, hold on taking time Wanna take time, wanna take time you know it Hold on, hold on taking time I’m lovin’ the way you’re taking your time You show it Now wouldn't you agree with me Things they happen naturally When we never have to fight it We took the time that we both had That time we’ll never get back We went round and round but we tried it We went round and round but we tried things Bridge Slow it down baby we got nowhere to go in a hurry Hold it on baby we got no place to be When we get there baby, It will be the right time you know it Hold it on baby, hold on, hold on
4.
Mob March 05:42
Get on ya feet We're takin it to the streets Walk that beat Get up and be New leaders we need Be the voice that now speak Shouting your language free Marching it through the streets Wearing our colours proud Red, Yellow and Black Screaming Land Rights Reclaiming everything back Walk that beat Ain’t gonna turn back now Let nobody put us down Bring it back right through this town Marching on and on Get up on your feet We're gonna take it to the streets Remember we have survived Walk for our black lives Walk for who paved the way Remember we’re here today Walk ‘cause you believe In what will always be People will come for days Walking the old ways We’re sick of the talk Walk, brother walk Gonna walk that beat Ain’t gonna turn back now Let nobody put us down Bring the power back through this town Marching on sacred ground solo We want Justice for all, for all of the lies We don’t want no more, racist prejudice Bring back our strength Just here on the streets Get the real message we need Re-writing our history Walking through the streets Always was Always will be Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land Sacred Land Mother Land Home Land
5.
Pink Skirt 05:09
Seven o’clock in the morning That train would roll in A country-link from Macksville Looking for my nannas pink skirt and brown skin Daddy would take my brother and me And we'd start running Up the platform through the people Scream when called her name Standing there with a pillow case and a few things for the weekend Was our Nanna, was our Nanna Mumma tell me them stories ‘Bout when you were young ‘Bout how are we all connected Whos name do we carry and who’s my blood See I've been thinking ‘bout Nanna And her Dhangatti ways Up Tarooka and Turners Flat Fishing out in the rain Standing there patiently waiting With a bobby cork and fish jumping Was our Nanna, was our Nanna Now I’ve got my daughter Standing strong like a Jirriga tree See I’ve been Passing on these stories Passing on my mother’s knowledge and Nanna’s things If there is one thing I can teach her One thing I want to know Remember where she came from A long line of blood so strong These few words I’ll remind her That always came from my mother and from my Nanna, from my Nanna
6.
Yarian Mitji 03:44
Yanan ambi yarian mi: tji Yanan ambi yarian mi: tungari Yanan ambi yarian mi: ruwi Ngapi kurrulun aldan tungari Ngapi kurrulun aldan ruwi Ngapi yanan aldan tungari Ngapi yanan aldan ruwi Ngapi yanan nginti Yarian mi: tji Ngapi yanan nginti Yarian mi: tji --- solo Ngapi kurrulun aldan tungari Ngapi kurrulun aldan ruwi (X2) Ngapi yanan nginti Yarian mi: tji Ngapi yanan nginti Yarian mi: tji Ngapi yanan nginti Yarian mi: tji
7.
Leftovers 03:07
How much we got left of the leftovers? How much of the rent, can I spend? See my money’s gone before I got it Paying back still tryin’ to get ahead How much we got left of the leftovers? How much of my rent, can I spend? I’m always the one who got to borrow Paying back still tryin’ to get a head I try to make it last all week long I’m beginning to look so desperate Burning all my bridges See I don’t go to the parties I just pay all my bills I put food in the cupboard Then I got nothing to play with How much we got left from the leftovers? How much of my rent, can I spend? I’m always the one who got to borrow Paying back still tryin’ to get ahead
8.
Widing || Wirraal-wirraada ngaya. pained Warrell-creek.at I Widing || Wirraal-Wirraada ngaya. pained Warrell-creek-at I Widing || gulun-gulunda. pained rain-rain-in Nyuurrgu||-wa bawgi-langmi smoke-in bathe- ?d ngaanya || jumbulbangga; me big-smoke-in biganybada* || nyurram-nyurramba ngaya. lake-at southerly-buster-in I Emma’s translation: Hurting at Warrell Creek was I; hurting at Warrell Creek was I. In the smoke I was bathed; in the massive smoke, on the lagoon, in the sea-storm.
9.
Pretty One 05:05
Who will be that one? That will be with you in this life Go through the ups and the downs But find a way stay above Like rainbows in the sky Hey you caught my eye From everything that could’ve gone wrong that time I never knew you’d come along Who will be that one? That will be with you in this life And who’ll stand by your side Who’ll never back down when things get tough I can’t wait to be with you ‘til the end I call you my love, my friend I call, I call I’ll call, I’ll call no other love Just like the rain That rain that came and poured We were both standing out in that pain But I didn’t care who took them falls I’ll call now, I’ll call I’ll call no other love We all meet that one Who gonna be with you in this life? Go through the ups and the downs But find a way to stay above I call on no other love I call you my friend I call Never back down I call In this life I call I call on no other love I call you my friend I call Never back down I call In this life I call

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Renowned indigenous soul singer and powerhouse vocalist Emma Donovan and critically-acclaimed rhythm combo The Putbacks have released their much-anticipated new album Crossover, defining a new flavour in the feast of Australian music.

With nostalgic songwriting delving into Emma’s childhood, family and her late mother, Crossover is a beautifully honest soulful ride through the past, with relevance to the now.

The personal, yet powerful lyrics throughout Crossover are emphasised by The Putbacks sharp, dynamic and funky rhythms, delivering a swag of soul-defining songs with sentimental hints of Stax and classic Atlantic recordings the whole way through.

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks first burst onto the scene together with 2014’s epic Dawn which won fans all over the world. Since then, Emma Donovan has toured and recorded with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, Paul Kelly and Spinifex Gum, while The Putbacks released their debut self-titled album in 2018.

Following on from the successful collaboration with Dawn, Crossover highlights the band’s shared love for classic American soul and the protest music of indigenous Australia, with a uniquely Australian accent.

Growing up singing church songs with her grandparents on the North Coast of New South Wales, Emma’s grandmother is the focus of the first single off the album Pink Skirt, whilst her mother forms the yearning and heartfelt masterpiece of Crossover; a tribute to memories made, connection and ongoing spirit.

Five-piece combo The Putbacks are veterans of the recording studio, having performed across a variety of festivals and major events for over a decade, establishing themselves as Melbourne’s go-to instrumental funk ensemble.

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released November 6, 2020

Written by Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

Emma Donovan - Vocals
Simon Mavin - Keyboards
Rory McDougall - Drums
Mick Meagher - Bass
Tom Martin - Guitar
Justin Marshall - Percussion

Produced by Simon Mavin
Engineered by Nick Herrera
Additional Recording by Simon Mavin & Justin Marshall
Mastered by Lachlan Carrick
Backing Vocalists: Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan, Abbey Howlett, Hannah Macklin, Simon Mavin, Lachlan Mitchell and Danika Smith.
Choir: Marliya Choir
Special thanks: Paul Bender, Felix Riebl
Photos by Wilk
Design by Kano

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Emma Donovan & The Putbacks first burst onto the scene together with 2014’s epic Dawn which won fans all over the world. Since then, Emma Donovan has toured and recorded with Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter and Paul Kelly while The Putbacks released their debut self-titled album in 2018. The Putbacks have established themselves as Melbourne’s go-to instrumental funk ensemble. ... more

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