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Custer Died for Your Sins - Thank You for the World So Sweet

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Thought folks might like this. The interval between Thanksgiving and Christmas (aka THE Holidays) gives us an opportunity to reflect on the founding mythology of what is now the US. I love this song--I still remember it from a concert about 20 years ago where I went to hear Floyd Westerman sing. Incredible song. I added the Thank You Song at the end in memory of my mom...we still sing the same song today at school before lunch...a ritual she started over 40 years ago. Missing her a lot these days. Love you Ma!

For the lies that were spoken
for the blood that we have spilled
for the treaties that were broken
for our leaders you have stilled

Custer died for your sins
Custer died for your sins
Now a new day must begin
Custer died for your sins

For the tribes you terminated
for the myth you keep alive
for the lands you confiscated
for our freedom you deprived

Custer died for your sins...

For the truth that you pollute
for the life that you have cost
for the good you prostitute
and for all that we have lost

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Custer died for your sins...

Thank you for the world so sweet
thank you for the food we eat
thank you for the birds that sing
thank you earth for everything

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(c) 2014 Daniel Patrick Welch. Reprint permission granted with credit and link to Political analyst, writer, linguist and activist Daniel Patrick Welch lives and writes in Salem, Massachusetts, with his wife. Together (more...)

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