Artist: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Song: "My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying"
The song was released in 1966.
No other famous songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie.
The lyrics are about how the government is forcing Native American children to abandon their traditions and grow up learning about America after Columbus, and how Native Americans are constantly mistreated in a large variety of ways.
Reflects the new fight for Native American civil rights in the 1960s.
The big event during the year this song was released was the Vietnam War.
This song was inspired by the new Native American civil rights movement in the 1960s. The message was that Native Americans have been being mistreated for a long time and that is not okay and needs to change.
Now that the long houses breed superstition You force us to send our toddlers away To your schools where they're taught To despise their traditions
You 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
My country 'tis of thy people you're dying