i just thought i’d post a video of my favorite recording i’ve found of Jack Charles singing Son of Mine (the song i brought up in class a while back) which he performs in Jack Charles v The Crown.
i’m also going to provide the link to buy the cd with the music from the play. just in case any of you, like me, really loved the music and want to be able to listen all the time!
the poem for the song Son of Mine (below) is transcribed under the video. the poet who wrote the words Jack is singing is called Oodgeroo Noonuccal and she is also Aboriginal Australian. enjoy!
My son, your troubled eyes search mine Puzzled and hurt by colour line. Your black skin soft as velvet shine; What will I tell you, son of mine?
Well, I could tell you of heartache, hatred blind, I could tell you of crimes that shame mankind, Of brutal wrongs and deeds malign, Of rape and murder, son of mine.
But I’ll tell instead of brave and fine, When lives of black and white entwine, And men in brotherhood combine, This will I tell you, son of mine.