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Stolen Land

Bruce Cockburn
Language: English


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Una canzone scritta da Cockburn a supporto dellle rivendicazioni dei nativi Haida, il cui territorio d'origine era costituito dall'attuale arcipelago delle isole Queen Charlotte ("Haida Gwaii", ossia "Islands of the People" in lingua haida), in Canada, e dall'isola Prince of Wales, in Alaska.

"We were about to do a benefit in Vancouver in support of the Haida land claims in the Queen Charlottes, or Haida Gwaii, as the islands should be known. I wanted a dramatic song which touched on Native issues. I had partial lyrics and a pretty good head of steam built up about the Haida situation, and that in Arizona at Big Mountain, where government industrial hanky panky was forcing people off traditional lands."
Bruce Cockburn, da "Rumours of Glory 1980-1990" (songbook, Ottawa 1990)
From Tierra del Fuego to Ungava Bay
The history of betrayal continues to today
The spirit of Almighty Voice, the ghost of Anna Mae
Call like thunder from the mountains -- you can hear them say
It's a stolen land

Apartheid in Arizona, slaughter in Brazil
If bullets don't get good PR there's other ways to kill
Kidnap all the children, put 'em in a foreign system
Bring them up in no-man's land where no one really wants them
It's a stolen land

Stolen land -- but it's all we've got
Stolen land -- and there's no going back
Stolen land -- and we'll never forget
Stolen land -- and we're not through yet

In my mind I catch a picture -- big black raven in the sky
Looking at the ocean -- sail reflected in black eye --
Sail as white as heroin, white like weathered bones --
Rum and guns and smallpox gonna change the face of home
In this stolen land...

If you're like me you'd like to think we've learned from our mistakes
Enough to know we can't play god with others' lives at stake
So now we've all discovered the world wasn't only made for whites
What step are you gonna take to try and set things right
In this stolen land

Stolen land -- but it's all we've got
Stolen land -- and there's no going back
Stolen land -- and we'll never forget
Stolen land -- and we're not through yet

Contributed by Alessandro - 2009/5/26 - 11:15



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