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Wasichu - You, The Whiteman

You, the white man - You are my friend
When you need help, we give it - As a mother, we take your hand

You, the white man - You are my friend
We work, we feast, we are brothers - together we share this land

You, the white man - Why treat me so
We've signed your treaties - Why come for more

You, the white man - Why treat me so
We talk, we smoke, we parley - I do not wish for war

You, the white man--Why are you filled with hate
You pervert the truth; You divide alliances; You seek to do us harm

You, the white man - Why are you filled with hate
You spit on the earth, you dirty the water..., the air itself - all that we hold sacred

You, the white man - You take all I have
My wife, my brother, my child

You, the white man - You take all I have
My hope, my dream, my care

You, the white man - Vengeance I cry
For soon, my gun, you will hear

You, the white man - Vengeance I cry
For my home and my people I fight

You, the white man - You are numerous
We are few ..., and have no warmth through the cold

You, the white man - You are numerous
I am tired, food is scarce - Still, we must stay bold

You, the white man - You are a murderer
Your bullets, your whiskey, your lies

You, the white man - You are my enemy
I will fight until I die

© David Lee Yellowmoon Rose

 

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