The Stranger within my gate,
He may be true or kind,
But he does not talk my talk—
I cannot feel his mind.
I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
But not the soul behind.

The men of my own stock
They may do ill or well,
But they tell the lies I am wonted to,
They are used to the lies I tell.
And we do not need interpreters
When we go to buy and sell.

The Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good,
But I cannot tell what powers control—
What reasons sway his mood;
Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
Shall repossess his blood.

The men of my own stock,
Bitter bad they may be,
But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
And see the things I see;
And whatever I think of them and their likes
They think of the likes of me.

This was my father's belief
And this is also mine:
Let the corn be all of one sheaf—
And the grapes be all of one vine,
Ere our children's teeth are set on edge
By bitter bread and wine.


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    General CommentRayman how can you be so narrow minded?
    But I mean hey, a wife can beat & rape his wife and she has no way out , but thats good isnt it? I mean, no more divorce. Teenagers can't have pre-marital sex anymore and if they DO it becomes a shocking profanity and they get chased out of their village with a pitchfork for disgracing their family, but I mean, thats good isnt it? Aww yeah and if a woman gets raped and ends up pregnant, she should suffer for all eternity because theres no way out...and hey...all those people who have arthritis don't matter anymore and we should stop producing heroin and cannabis to make them feel better....and you know, gay people have no right to be happy because they're different....i mean, same sex marriages aren't in the bible so why should we allow it.

    GET A CLUE.
    Is that the kind of world you want to live in? Because I know for a fact that I don't. Black people have just as much right to a life as we have, and people who sing songs gloryfying a man who encouraged racial hate should be dealt with. Do you realise how many racist attacks probably occurs because of these songs?
    6yr old Jimmy stabs his classmate in the hand with a pencil because she's black. When asked why he did it, Jimmy replies, 'because prussian blue said that white people were better' is this the kind of situation you want to occur?! Because you know from experience (the holocaust etc) that when one person starts off a prejudist attack, millions follow because it opens up a new can of worms that they can feel powerful about because they're not the ones being mistreated. Its the classic playground situation all over again. People side with the bully because they dont want to be the ones victimised themselves.
    People may say, theres no harm in these songs, they're just two innocent teenagers who are proud of their race. wrong! I am proud of being white, but I do not write songs glorifying it. What is there to glorify anyway?? its just the amount of melonin you have in your skin, its no big deal.
    And writing a song called 'Skinhead boy' which I see seems to have been taken off this website is not normal for two 14yrs old. I know that when I was 14, I would not have a clue what a skinhead was. Its their Mother who should be blamed. She's teaching them to be racist shits. She should be locked up in my opinion.
    Who knows what a simple song can do to the warped mind of the young generations?
    Two boys in Columbine murdered something like 15 people and injured a hell of a lot more by shooting up their school, and it was because they listened to the likes of Marilyn Manson whos lyrics glorify death and killing others. I mean, not everyone who listens to Manson are warped, but some are.
    It's like a speech I heard on the tv once....
    "Theres a commercial for a drill on TV. Not everyone who watchs the commercial will go out and buy that drill. But some will'

    Same thing with this.
    I'm worried for the future generations if this putrid shit gets churned out anymore than it currently is. Ban it I say, before it has a chance to actually make a difference.
    alfrimon March 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe last time i checked it's 2007 and not a utopian world, stop being racist and accept people for who they are. If you watch tv, there are as many whites committing crimes as colors.. actually let me rephrase that, there are MORE whites committing crimes. By the way, wat you had in mind is FORTY years ago, people change, not because there are more immigrants.. it's because society change. And do you know y no one reads the bible anymore? it's because values change people become greedy like every kids had to have an ipod and all that shit. IT's not because we became a multi-cultural society.. jesus, fucken goddam things pple say and not think. dumbass, y dont you tell all the fucken families that collapsed, collapsed because we became more diverse .. hah that's like telling a little kids that babies come from your smelly ass.. srry for the language pple..
    angelusduyon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI say we put these bitches, and every living one of their family in a giant oven and see how much they love totalitarian government when it's not on your side, helping your cause.
    D4MVPon April 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"because we were FREE. Then along came multi-culturalism..."

    You mean, once Europeans came over and stole the land from the indigenous peoples and hid them away on their tiny little parcels of land, Americans were free? And that multiculturalism came over on the boat along with smallpox and venereal disease?

    What's better: Multiculturalism, or McCarthyism?
    artsluton June 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I told my daughter at a very early age the truth." That's child-abuse... you should be ashamed of yourself.
    JokingSinisteron October 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is just about not completely understanding how other people live their lifes. Saying that it can be hard to tell what, say, someone from another country is thinking because they are so different
    73on July 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about their desire to inbreed.
    Byzantium90on April 10, 2008   Link
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    Nazi-angelon September 16, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General CommentMany of you are too young to remember this, but when I was a kid in White middle-class, suburban America some 40 years ago, i was in PARADISE. Why? Because we had spacious backyards, unlocked front doors, safe streets and quiet Sundays. We read the Bible every morning in public school! Kids went home at lunch time to be served hot meals by their mothers. Everyone was from the same racial and cultural background, and so EVERY adult was a parent to EVERY child. There was harmony and prosperity because everyone was on the same wavelength. Things got DONE at minimal cost. We had low taxation and minimal government, because we were FREE. Then along came multi-culturalism... too many interests in too many different directions... high taxation and big government beaurocracy... families collapsed, street gangs formed, crime soared, Bible readings were replaced with home security alarms... and freedom vanished. THAT'S what this song is about!
    RayManon December 30, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General Commentangelusduy: Please calm down and watch your profanity. All I'm saying is that the satanic spirit that brought us divorce, pre-marital sex, abortion, the drug culture, same-sex "marriages", etc. ALSO brought us "diversity" and "moral relativism" to add fuel to the fire... and THAT'S why we're not all marching to the same drums anymore, and THAT'S why the standard of living in America is dropping like a stone. The strangers within our gates have turned our Eden into an Alice-in-Wonderland nightmare. Got the picture now?
    RayManon March 09, 2007   Link

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