Yil Lull

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"Yil Lull"
Yil Lull 1998.jpg
CD single cover
Single by Singers For The Red Black & Gold
from the album 'Our Island Home'
A-side"Yiy Lull"
FormatCD Single
RecordedSing Sing Studios, Studios 301
GenrePop, World music
LabelWhite Records, Mushroom Records
Songwriter(s)Joe Geia

"Yil Lull" is a song written and performed by Joe Geia. It originally appeared on his 1988 album of the same name. Yill Lull means sing in Guugu Yimithirr.[1] The colours used in the lyrics are the colours of the Aboriginal flag.[2]

"Yil Lull" is considered an aboriginal anthem.[1][3][4][5] It was performed by The Black Arm Band in their murundak concert. It has been covered by Singers For The Red Black & Gold, Paul Kelly and Marcia Howard (ex-Goanna).

Singers For The Red Black & Gold[edit]

In 1998 "Yil Lull" was released as a single by Singers For The Red Black & Gold. This version was sung by Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Christine Anu, Judith Durham, Kutcha Edwards, Renee Geyer and Tiddas with the music performed by Steve Hadley (Paul Kelly Band, Professor Ratbaggy) (bass), Bruce Haymes (Paul Kelly Band, Professor Ratbaggy) (keyboards), Spencer P. Jones (guitar), Peter Luscombe (drums), Shane O'Mara (Paul Kelly Band, Rebecca's Empire, Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union) (guitar). This version also appeared on a compilation for the 2000 Olympics called Our Island Home (2000, Festival Mushroom Records).

Track listing[edit]

CD single (MUSH01731.2)
  1. Singers For The Red Black & Gold - "Yil Lull" (Joe Geia)
  2. Christine Anu - "Island Home (The Chant Mix)" (Neil Murray)
  3. Blackfire - "Got To Be A Chance" (Grant Hansen)


  1. ^ a b Green Left Weekly issue #58 - 3 June 1992 Hidden Things worth looking for
  2. ^ Lawe Davies, Chris (1993). "Aboriginal Rock Music: Space and Place". In Tony Bennett (ed.). Rock and Popular Music: Politics, Policies, Institutions. Routledge. ISBN 9780415063692.
  3. ^ The Age 4 May 2006 Dream team assembled for footy's Dreamtime at the 'G
  4. ^ The Age 27 May 2006 My dream of real reconciliation
  5. ^ The Age 2 June 2007 Crying for the place we could become