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Broken Promise Land

Marty Stuart
Language: English


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[2005]
Album: Badlands - Ballads of the Lakota

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Well an eagle flew high above Red Shirt Table
Over Marvin Helper's place
As Air Force One flew President Clinton
To Ellsworth Air Force Base

He brought with him from Washington
A bag filled with dreams and cake
To spread among the poor and
The poorest county in the whole United States

One mile long, a big black car
And whirleybirds did a jig
As they moved across the prairie
To the planet of Pine Ridge

Where the FBI and the CIA,
The AIM, the BIA, the IRS and GOD
All had their eyes set on the master plan
But it all turned out to be, just another shattered dream
In a broken promise land

The president said to the people
We know the failings of the past
You've been patronized, tyrannized
But help Is here at last

Our nation, she is mighty,
These are good and prosperous times
I offer you an America where no one is left behind

Your courage leads to commerce,
prosperity and loans
I see housing for the homeless
coz everybody needs a home

Majestic people of the plains like you
deserve Security
As founders of our country
You've already paid for the land of the free

Where the FBI and the CIA,
the AIM, the BIA, the IRS and GOD
All have their eyes set on the master plan.
But it all turned out to be, just another shattered dream
And a broken promise land

Well the prez on the res sold some powerful words
Of how the native life should be
He watered the spirits of the people
The crop came up dust and wheat

And in the distance of the harvest
The only thing that changed
Was the color of the leaves on the hawthorn trees
The rest is still the same

In July 1999, the president went door to door
Staring down the barrel of the cold hard truth
On his American poverty tour

Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Was to be empowered on command
But it all turned out to be
Just another shattered dream
And a broken promise land

Contributed by adriana - 2012/9/22 - 11:33



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