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Barracks ballad

W. H. Prater
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Barracks Ballad by Private. W. H. Prather, an African-American member I Troop, Ninth Cavalry (Black Buffalo Soldiers). Composed and sung by troops during the "Wounded Knee" campaign of 1890 In honor of the victory at Wounded Knee
Wounded Knee Dec. 29, 1890
Wounded Knee Dec. 29, 1890


Questa non è una canzone contro la guerra, ma una canzone nella guerra. E anche abbastanza tragica. E' una canzone sulla guerra tra poveri. I black buffalo soldiers erano i reparti della cavalleria americana formati esclusivamente da neri. Formatisi nel 1966 durante la guerra di secessione, vennero poi impiegati nelle guerre indiane.
Da un lato usati come "carne da macello", dall'altro, per i neri stessi era in qualche modo una forma di affrancamento, in un paese che fino al 1877 direttamente con la schiavitù, e poi indirettamente fino a giorni più moderni con forme meno dirette, discriminava la popolazione di colore.
Si legga questo articolo riguardo il massacro dei Nativi americani da parte di minoranze a loro volta discriminate negli U.S.A.
The Red Skins left their Agency, the Soldiers left their Post,
All on the strength of an Indian tale about the Messiah's ghost
Got up by the savage chieftans to lead their tribes astray;
But Uncles Sam wouldn't have it so, for he ain't built that way.

They swore that this Messiah came to them in visions sleep,
And promised to restore their game and Buffalos a heap,
So they must start a big ghost dance, then all would join their band,
And may be so we lead the way into the great Bad Land.

They claimed the shirt Messiah gave, no bullet could go through
But when the soldiers fired at them they saw this was not true.
The Medicine man supplied them with their great Messiah's grace,
And he, too, pulled his freight and swore the 7th hard to face.

About their tents the Soldiers stood, awaiting one and all,
That they might hear the trumpet clear when sounding
General call Or Boots and Saddles in a rush, that each and every man
Might mount in haste, ride soon and fast to stop this devilish band

But Generals great like Miles and Brooke don't do things up that way,
For they know an Indian like a book, and let him have his sway
Until they think him far enough and then to John they'll say,
"You have better stop your fooling or we'll bring our guns to play

They claimed the shirt Messiah gave, no bullet could go through
But when the soldiers fired at them they saw this was not true.
The Medicine man supplied them with their great Messiah's grace,
And he, too, pulled his freight and swore the 7th hard to face.

The 9th marched out with splendid cheer the Bad Lands to explo'e-
With Col. Henry at their head they never fear the foe;
So on they rode from Xmas eve 'till dawn of Xmas day;
The Red Skins heard the 9th was near and fled in great dismay;

The 7th is of courage bold both officers and men,
But bad luck seems to follow them and twice has took them in;
They came in contact with Big Foot's warriors in their fierce might
This chief made sure he had a chance of vantage in the fight.

They claimed the shirt Messiah gave, no bullet could go through
But when the soldiers fired at them they saw this was not true.
The Medicine man supplied them with their great Messiah's grace,
And he, too, pulled his freight and swore the 7th hard to face.

A fight took place, 'twas hand to hand, unwarned by trumpet call,
While the Sioux were dropping man by man - the 7th killed them all
, And to that regiment be said "Ye noble braves, well, done,
Although you lost some gallant men a glorious fight you've won.

"The 8th was there, the sixth rode miles to swell that great command
And waited orders night and day to round up Short Bulls band.
The Infantry marched up in mass the Calvary's support,
And while the latter rounded up, the former held the fort.

They claimed the shirt Messiah gave, no bullet could go through
But when the soldiers fired at them they saw this was not true.
The Medicine man supplied them with their great Messiah's grace,
And he, too, pulled his freight and swore the 7th hard to face.

E Battery of the 1st stood by and did their duty well,
for every time the Hotchkiss barked they say a hostile fell.
Some Indian soldiers chipped in too and helped to quell the fray,
And now the campaign's ended and the soldiers marched away.

So all have done their share you see, whether it was thick or thin,
And all helped break the ghost dance up and drive the hostiles in.
The settles in that region now can breath with better grace:
They only ask and pray to God to make John hold his base.

inviata da donquijote82 - 4/2/2014 - 19:48



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