I was very excited to hear about this piece of musical political
activism, the anthem written by Kev and Paul by a waterhole,
around a camp fire in the early 90's, has been transformed
under the direction of Urthboy from the herd, into a inspirational
anthem for this country to move forward.
I know its never that easy, but music can change attitudes.
The apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February 2008 marked a
place in Australian history that The GetUp Mob -
featuring Kev Carmody, Paul Kelly, Urthboy and Missy Higgins,
have commemorated with the release on April 21 of the new GetUp
StandUp version of
'From Little Things Big Things Grow'.
This is the first step, in a new beginning for Australia as a nation,
to mature, denial of the past makes the future a lie - through
history the victors have written the history of the vanquished...
this contemporised version of the song transforms us from a
negative concept of the past to the positive possibilities
of the future...as someone once said
'from little things big things grow'.
From Little Things Big Things Grow has its roots in songs like
Woody Guthrie's Deportees and The Lonesome Death
Of Hattie Carroll by Bob Dylan.
And those songs grew out of the soil of other older songs.
The Get Up Mob just added another branch to the tree.
Long may it fruit.
Paul KellyI see 'From Little Things Big Things Grow' as a soundtrack
to positive change in this country. If it serves to accompany �
regular Aussies� in pursuing their own form of practically
reconciling - then we're in business. As plain as the day
itself we need to close the health and access gap between
indigenous and non-indigenous people.
Tim Levinson - Urthboy
Some moments in a nation's history are so significant,
so uplifting and so unifying they become the inspiration
for artists, thinkers and dreamers.
They turn those moments into the food which nourishes
the nation's soul - this song captures the hopes and
dreams of a nation; a vision for a shared future and
a desire for that moment to become a springboard
Brett Solomon - Executive Director, GetUpSee the video here