A banner year
1864,
Don't want the red man anymore,
Can't have them taking up good land.
Give them a token flag,
Trade pipes and shake some hands,
Tell them the white stripes stand for peace.
Say if they raise red white and blue,
Blue coats will never shoot at you,
But stripes will loose their sheen,
Black Kettle was their chief,
He only wanted peace,
Under the flag...
A massacre at Sand Creek.

Wave your flag.
Salivate.
Stirring feelings of pride and hate.
A peace of cloth
can't hold your faith.

No flag flies,
No banner waves,
See the empty pole above his empty grave.
No one knows
Where he lies,
And no one knows just why he had to die.

A banner year
1868,
A bitter end a twist of fate.
Maps won't hold this melanoma,
Blurry part of Oklahoma,
Where Custer shot and killed Black Kettle.

Wave your flag.
Salivate.
Stirring feelings of pride and hate.
A peace of cloth can't hold your faith.

No flag flies,
No banner waves,
See the empty pole above his empty grave.
No one knows
Where he lies,
And no one knows just why he had to die.

A promise is a promise,
A judge of character.
His banner over me is love.

No flag flies,
No banner waves,
See the empty pole above his empty grave.
No one knows
Where he lies,
And no one knows just why he had to die.

No flag flies,
No banner waves,
See the empty pole above his empty grave.
No one knows
Where he lies,
And no one knows just why he had to die.



Lyrics submitted by ThreeMilesDown, edited by cyx

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    General Comment a song about a historical event, but also about the mis-treating of native Americans, during our civil war we tried to get them on our side by saying we wanted peace, but not all of the english immigrants wanted peace, some just wanted to have the land for their own and didn't want any indians around to get in the way and killed them or moved them shamelessly.
    J35U5_ownz_M3on September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song off this album. i agree w/ what J35U5 wrote. Tells of our nations mistreatment of the Native Americans.
    Cuevoon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis one of my favorite FIF songs ever. As said before, it's about the Sand Creek Massacre.
    Bennjamynon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was inspired by Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee." This book is quoted in another FIF song: "The Day We Killed."
    vjonnyvon December 12, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAnd this is why I'm English, not American.
    socialengineeron January 03, 2008   Link

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