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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, song lyrics

Song: Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Lyrics: Buffy Sainte-Marie(1)

Music: Buffy Sainte-Marie(1)
Year: 1990
Genre:
Country: Canada (about American History)


Indian legislations on the desk of a do-right Congressman,
Now, he don't know much about the issue,
So he picks up the phone and he asks advice from the
Senator out in Indian country,
A darling of the energy companies who are,
Ripping off what's left of the reservations.

I learned a safety rule,
I don't know who to thank,
Don't stand between the reservation,
And the corporate bank;
They'll send in federal tanks,
It isn't nice but it's reality.
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Bury my heart at Wounded Knee(2),
Deep in the Earth,
Cover me with pretty lies,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.

They got these energy companies who want the land,
And they've got churches by the dozens,
Want to guide our hands,
And sign Mother Earth over to pollution, war and greed.
Get rich... get rich quick.

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Deep in the Earth,
Cover me with pretty lies,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.
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We get the federal marshals,
We get the covert spies,
We get the liars by the fire,
And we get the FBI's,
They lie in court and get nailed,
And still Peltier(3) goes off to jail.

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee (eighth of the reservation),
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee (transferred it secret),
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee (of murder and intimidation),
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.

My girlfriend Annie Mae(4) talked about uranium,
Her head was filled with bullets and her body dumped,
The FBI cut off her hands and told us she'd died of exposure,
Loo loo loo loo loo.

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Deep in the Earth,
Cover me with pretty lies,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.

We had the Goldrush Wars,
Aw, didn't we learn to crawl,
And now our history gets written in a liar's scrawl,
They tell 'ya ? Honey, you can still be an Indian,
D-d-down at the 'Y'(5),
On Saturday nights?

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Deep in the Earth,
Cover me with pretty lies,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.
Deep in the Earth,
Cover me with pretty lies,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.


Notes:

1 - Buffy Sainte-Marie biography from her website, (Canadian) Governor General's Performing Arts Award history, and and more information on Buffy Sainte-Marie, from The Canadian Encyclopedia.

2 - Wounded Knee, 1973, Occupy Wounded Knee: A 71-Day Siege and a Forgotten Civil Rights Movement, from the Atlantic, October 23, 2012.

3 - Leonard Peltier, from Mother Jones Magazine, May 18, 2016

4 - Who Killed Anna Mae? (Aquash), from the New York Times, April 25, 2014.

5 - The "Y": the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) or YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association).

6 - Additional history: the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, from the History Channel.

7 - And be sure to visit the official Buffy Sainte-Marie website