With 300 miles under your belt,
You stop to take a stretch
At a rest stop 30 miles north
Of Cairo, Illinois
Where two rivers meet and run south
We'll say, Hey, Trail of Tears Rest Stop
Do you really have to commemorate
500 years of slavery and murder
With a building full of human waste?
No pictures, no memories, no apologies,
No apologies!
Just pictures of war memorials
And a well-placed plaque
So you can complete that scene
Don't tell your children
Yeah, we killed more kids than Nazi Germany
Get your candy bars;
Get back in your cars
And let's see how much more we can forget
This is our original sin,
Our eulogy on bathroom walls
A movie that we never cried at
About your family dead on the side of the road
This is our original sin,
Our eulogy on bathroom walls
A movie that we never cried at
About your family dead on the side of the road
No wonder they hate us
No wonder they hate us
No wonder they hate us
No wonder


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    General CommentFrom the CD booklet:

    "But I won't keep a count of people I have killed as though it were a trophy record or a distinguishing business like notches in a gun, he told himself. I have a right to not keep count and I have a right to forget them.
    No himself said. You have no right to forget anything. You have no right to shut your eyes to any of it nor any right to forget any of it nor soften it nor to change it."

    *Hemingway - For Whom the Bell Tolls
    concreteblueson July 05, 2009   Link

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