Thoughts Within is Ruby Hunter’s debut album. Its release marks not only the first Aboriginal woman to be signed to a major label but also the first time a cohesive collection of songs, telling of common trials and tribulations experienced by Australia’s First Nations women, were shared within mainstream music. The stories are a mixture of bitter, sweet and confronting truths, each with its own powerful message from the insightful and sometimes brutally honest voice of Hunter.
'Kurongk Boy Kurongk Girl' is a gentle looped ballad that speaks of the family and country where Hunter was born: Coorong, South Australia. It paints a picture of timeless love and life, connected through the unbreakable bond of music and Indigenous culture.
'A Change is Gonna Come' presents the harsher truths of Hunter’s stories. Framed in stark tales of brutalities against Australia's First Nations women, the song delivers stern words of warning. Hunter's voice tells of the injustices but with a strength of tone that speaks no shame, no weakness and a resolve to tackle these issues without compromise.
NFSA title (image): 499351. Photographer: Ilana Rose.