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Kelly Kwalik Country

from Curious by My Friend The Chocolate Cake

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Kelly Kwalik is the Central Region Commander of the OPM, the Resistance Movement of West Papua, who have been fighting for independence since the 1960s. Kwalik’s command area takes in the vast Freeport Copper and Gold Mine, the largest gold mine on this earth.

The morning star is the name of the West Papuan Independence flag.

The West Papuans’ fight for independence parallels the East Timor struggle and, again, neighbour Australia but are largely ignored.



The dark valley glides out from the rain clouds
Come late in the afternoon end of the day
Can you hear the murmuring the fire talk
the whispering of his name
This is the country that belongs to him
The fighters are out mostly young boys and dreamers
They slide and they stumble they sing as they go
The Morning Star shines from the flag that they carry
And it leads them to hopefulness against the odds

In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country

See the old woman they whisper though caked mud
Watch them all gesture they know where they are
These are the gardeners the planners and thinkers
Been working these mountains for thousands of years

In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country

Kick box Bahasa spit polish and blades
The discipline wanders away from the town
The Free Lease gold mine and the Coal mine protection
Punchak Jaya Mountain the blood Massacre

In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country


from Curious, released January 1, 2002


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Their name alone should have ensured a quiet life. No one dreamed of ARIA awards, two years of sold-out Edinburgh Festival dates or the kind of ageless and eternally devoted audience. Somewhere within the unlikely union of kitchen sink piano tales, vivid chamber orchestration and hell-raising instrumental shenanigans, the Melbourne band has carved out a 20 year, seven album history. ... more

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