INDIAN LESSONS

I generally stay away from politics on my music blog page but … hearing and reading about how Native American’s are being denied the opportunity to vote in North Dakota due to the lack of fixed residential addresses on the reservations brings to mind a song I wrote a few years ago called INDIAN LESSONS. The general premise of the song is, if us Earthlings arrive on another planet some day and there are beings on that planet who have inhabited it for eons and they do things differently than us Earthlings … have we learned anything from the way the power people have treated indigenous people here on Earth over the centuries?

Will we kill all their “buffalo”, tell them they have to act and think like us, introduce them to alcohol and drugs, fence them in far away from their homelands … then as we see today deny them the right to participate as citizens? I hope not but really our record speaks for itself and it’s nothing to be proud of for sure.

Anyway this song has not been recorded and I have only played it live a few times over the years but I am going to add it in to the solo set list and start playing it on stage whenever I get the chance. That is what Folk Rock is all about laying it on the line, delivering something, getting the message across and giving pause for thought.

The song looks long on paper, which is not unusual for me, however long it takes … Folk Rock is not limited to 3:40, however when it is performed it comes out just short of 5 min. If you like it you will have to come along to one of my local shows to hear it or wait till I show up at a pub, club, bar, dive or coffee shop near you … you never know.

INDIAN LESSONS … a Folk Rock song by Bob Crain

We built ourselves a spaceship travelled over the dark sea of space

Like Columbus we sailed off in to the night hoping to find a new place

We look off in to the distance and hoped that space is not flat

We’re off to see by the light of the stars if there is any life on Mars

If and when we get there and there are little green men

If those Martians are nice treat us right and they accept us as friends

Will we kill all their buffalo and then take and fence them in

Make them accept our strange beliefs put their ways in the bin

Ah we’ve done it all before and it was a just a shame

We did in the Indians treated the Hawaiians just the same

We are white and were strong you’re brown and you’re wrong

We brought you disease then took all you had and it was all for free

Will we introduce them to alcohol and drugs oh those Martians they can’t hold their liquor

Will we steal the best of their land round them up leave them nothing but bitter

If we are stronger and have bigger guns if our God is the only one

Does that mean we the right to keep them down and send them all on the run

Don’t you worry about those little green men they will surely be happy again

They will learn to love our God and in the White Man they can trust

We’ll make treaties and sit on the ground bust every one if gold is found

We can give them blankets, bibles and beads you know that’s just what they need

Ah we’ve done it before we took it all in good God’s name

We did in the Incas and gave the Maoris just the same        

We are white and were strong you’re brown and you’re wrong

We took your freedom nomadic ways and brought you welfare oh happy day  

Trade what we brought for all the land we can see it seems fair to me

Don’t own the land they just live here ya know they ‘ave no houses no seeds to sow

Oh those Martian women they’re such a nice shade of green so quaint so lean

And the children of all those little green men teach them to be white in the end

I am not sure I want to be part of that game think we should leave Mars just the same

If we get up there and there are little green men let’s just turn and come back again

And all those families their ways and their land maybe this time we should just let it stand

Our white culture has not turned out so damn hot why should we destroy what they got

Ah we’ve done it all before and it was a just a shame

We did in the Indians treated the Koories just the same

We are white and were strong you’re brown and you’re wrong

We brought you disease then took all you had had for oh so long

Oh we’ve done it all before and it was a just a shame

We did in the Indians treated the Hawaiians just the same

We are white and were mean if you’re brown or if you’re green

We’ll bring you disease take all you have kill your buffalo and steal your land

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2018-11-05T23:03:10+00:00

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