Monday, April 17, 2006

2006 or 1870?

Hat tip to Independent Country

John McCain supports forced relocation of Navajo and Hopi indians; land to go to strip-miner.

Perhaps John Prine could write a song about this. Oh wait, he did. Well, sort of.

Paradise
By John Prine

When I was a child my family would travel
Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born
And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn.

Chorus:
And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

Well, sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill.

Repeat Chorus:

Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.

Repeat Chorus:

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am.

Repeat Chorus:

2 Comments:

Blogger Brian Duffy said...

Fear for politicians is normal; fear of the oligarchs must be ever vigilant.  McCain is as scary as Clinton. Repeal the 17th Amendment!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Vache Folle said...

The US reckons it can abrogate its treaties at the drop of a hat (full of mining lobby money), but if the Hopi or Navajo tried it they would be murdered.

2:42 PM  

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