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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee : Video-Lyrics



Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee from album "Up Where We Belong"

When people ask, "What happened to the North American Indians in the 1880s?", you can pretty much point to the robber barons of the time who needed to make a fortune in oil, gold and other precious metals. Simple greed in the hands of a powerful few who manipulated the media and politicians. When people ask, "What happened to the Indian movement of the sixties and seventies?", you can pretty much point to the same motives a hundred years later, with uranium added to the list in very big print. The shocking information in this song is not new, but strung together; the events tell a story that most non-Indian people don't know. Dedicated to Leonard Peltier, the memory of Anna Mae Aquash and Joseph Stuntz.

INTRO:
Indian legislation on the desk of a do-right Congressman
Now, he don't know much about the issue
so he picks up the phone and he asks advice from the
Senator out in Indian country
A darling of the energy companies who are
ripping off what's left of the reservations. Huh.

1.
I learned a safety rule
I don't know who to thank
Don't stand between the reservation and the
corporate bank
They send in federal tanks
It isn't nice but it's reality

chorus:
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh.

2.
They got these energy companies that want the land
and they've got churches by the dozen who want to
guide our hands
and sign Mother Earth over to pollution, war and
greed
Get rich... get rich quick.

chorus...

3. We got the federal marshals
We got the covert spies
We got the liars by the fire
We got the FBIs
They lie in court and get nailed
and still Peltier goes off to jail

chorus...

4.
My girlfriend Annie Mae talked about uranium
Her head was filled with bullets and her body dumped
The FBI cut off her hands and told us she'd died of
exposure
Loo loo loo loo loo

chorus...

We had the Goldrush Wars
Aw, didn't we learn to crawl and still our history gets
written in a liar's scrawl
They tell 'ya "Honey, you can still be an Indian
d-d-down at the 'Y'
on Saturday nights"

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh!


8 comments:

Kevin Hancock said...

Great CD...Great Song...What a voice!!

Krzysztof said...

Świetne pod każdym względem.

Sławomir Sobiecki said...

HOKA HEY

Anonymous said...

Buffy, you always have good songs. Truthful songs, which our local radio stations don't play. Hmmm, I wonder why. LOL. No I don't wonder, it is coz they afraid to air truthful songs to make their listeners "think". And I too, miss Anna Mae. May Creator pour sunshine and many blessings to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Well put!!

Mal said...

I don't know how many of you watched "60 Minutes" Sun.09 Sept, but this is what I got from that report. The code word for the seabee's to report to the pres of the usa was, "Geronimo" down to signify that the so called worst hated person? on earth was dead. I took that as a slight on the 1st Nations.... I think it would have been more in keeping, using nixon, reagan, bushes 1&2 as code words, as this was a get rid of a criminal operation.

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember Buffy at the University of Massachusetts strumming and singing out behind the dorm with Taj Mahal...am I right or am I just a crazy old lady.

Jean-Jacques Ardoino said...

This song is first from "coincidence and likely stories", no ?