It was the same auburn hair
but her body lay bare
where the night had left it cold
and shaking for home.

Her mother was strong and
shook free of the law
cried "come awake child
and for god's sake come home."

I whispered her name and
finally she came to me baring
the holes she'd named
and pieces she'd saved.

I said "child you're a mess
let's just try and forget that
their names were all well known
and your story well told."

It was a frightening dream
one of colours and screams
from a girl whose Indian blood
was fresh on the snow
where the steam freely rose
from those 52 holes that they'd left
in her chest, in her head, in her hands.


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    General CommentSo anyone else notice the homage/ parody titles on this album? We've got "The Lonesome Death of Helen Betty Osborne" paying tribute to Bob Dylan's "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll". Or how about "Angst for the Memories"? Sounds like a parody of Fall Out Boy's "Thanks for the Memories" to me...
    Schaedenfreudeon December 02, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningHelen Betty Osborne was a 19 year old Cree woman who was stabbed to death with with a screwdriver in The Pas, Manitoba. Osborne was kidnapped and murdered by Dwayne Johnston, James Houghton, Lee Colgan, and Norman Manger, but the investigation and trial were botched and only Johnston was ultimately convicted - he has since been released.
    landserveson August 01, 2013   Link

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