My Country Tis of Thy People You're Dying Buffy sainte-marie, 1966

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Lyrics- Forbid them their languages, then further say

That American history really began

When Columbus set sail out of Europe, then stress

That the nation of leeches that conquered this land

Are the biggest and bravest and boldest and best.

And yet where in your history books is the tale

Of the genocide basic to this country's birth,

Of the preachers who lied, how the Bill of Rights failed,

How a nation of patriots returned to their earth?

And where will it tell of the Liberty Bell

As it rang with a thud

O'er Kinzua mud

And of brave Uncle Sam in Alaska this year?

Analysis- The main purpose of this song is to tell everyone that the Americans haven't learned the true story of how their country began. Buffy Sainte-Marie points out that schools are teaching students that America was created when Columbus conquered the land and that he and his people are the bravest men in American history. However, the textbooks fail to mention the people who were killed by those trying to conquer America and how the Bill of Rights failed to better the country.



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