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What Happened to the Red Man, song lyrics

Song: What Happened to the Red Man
Lyrics: Jaribu Hill & Ngoma Hill

Music: Jaribu Hill & Ngoma Hill
Year: 1982
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


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What happened to the red man,
Didn't this used to be his land?
What happened to the red man,
Didn't this used to be his land?

Why don't you sit yourself down,
I'm gonna tell you a story 'bout the Red man.
Why don't you sit yourself down,
I'm gonna tell you a story 'bout Indian Land.
Sit yourself down,
I'm gonna tell you a story 'bout Native Land.
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History books they never tell the truth,
They cover it with lies to keep it from you.
Sit yourself down,
I'm gonna tell you a story 'bout the Red Man.

They took his land and this life,
They killed his children and raped his wife,
What happened to the red man,
Didn't this used to be his land?
What happened to the red man,
Didn't this used to be his land?

Now the Indian was kind,
The indian was good,
He gave those settlers, Everything he could.
Showed them how to plow the land, And how to till the soil,
He gave them a helping hand Many years ago.

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Now what did those settlers have to say,
When they came on their boats
from so very far away,
We wanna be friends with you,
We wanna be neighbors too,
We want to learn from you,
We want to civilize you.

Give us your corn and some land
Won't you give us a helping hand
We wanna be friends with you,
We wanna be neighbors too
We want to learn from you,
We want to civilize you.

Give us your silver,
Turquoise and diamonds,
We've got cheap labor and we
can mine them,
We wanna be friends with you,
We wanna be neighbors too,
We want to learn from you,
We want to civilize you.

Now this is the story 'bout
the rich and the greedy,
How they made a pact,
With a phoney treaty,
How they stole the land
from the Red Man,
There is blood all over their hands.

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Notes:

1 - From the band Serious Bizness and their 1982 album For Your Immediate Attention!