Into mass graves we’ve shoveled lives/
a massive pipeline for the lies/
a past so vast with genocide/
and ignorance we hide behind/
You say that we are done with this/
turn blind eyes and still dismiss/
chalk this up as something passed/
and still create a lower caste/

The way you live shows no remorse/
for the day/ the day we killed Crazy Horse/
Innocence with glassy eyes/
kill the nation, steal their pride/

On broken backs we build empires/
twisting spines for the steeple spires/
How many people can you kill?/
look at your twenty dollar bill/
Do you see third world poverty/
inside the lines of your country?/
And now to treaties we are loyal/
but tear them up when we smell oil.

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    General Commentanother song about the mis-treating of native americans. America as a country thought nothing of killing and shoving them away to further our progress. even now as a modern nation we rarely give anything to native americans. Not many peoalive even remember what happened, and even less have any respect for what they've been through.
    J35U5_ownz_M3on September 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song isn't just about the treatment of native americans, but our treatment of poorer countries in general, hence the line "and now to treaties we are loyal, but tear them up when we smell oil" we go into countries where we're not wanted, and when countries cry out to us (tibet, and for many years the jews in germany before we got involved) we ignore them
    irresistible7on October 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti don't really see the third world countries connections as much...if you study the history of indians there were many times when treaties were disregarded when they discovered oil on the land that they had given them
    fifissofunon March 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGreat song bout a dark part of our country's past. In the 18th and 19th centuries the native americans were forced from their lands and many died. Now the ones remaining live on small reservations here and there, but most people don't pay much attention to them or what happened to their ancestors. A great song, upbeat and a little angry sounding.
    Cuevoon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's crazy to think our two presidential candidates were making eachother out to be complete scumbags last year for not fighting in Vietnam; and years ago Anderw Jackson, became President despite being a brutal indian killing machine. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee really is a wild book.
    ShesMyAlcatrazon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Look at your twenty dollar bill"

    Jackson is on the 20$ bill. He was responsible for killing off Native Americans.

    Why does he deserve to be on the bill?
    neato713on October 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmmm, makes me glad I live in England. Then again, we weren't much better. Although I think controlling 3/4 with strategy is better than controlling a fraction of it with brute force. :P that one about treaties with oil etc. oh so scarily true. Maybe thats why they want to confiscate "WOMD", because WOMDs are full of oil?
    socialengineeron January 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the line about oil is talking about how America promised the Sioux indians the black hills in oklahoma would be theirs forever until we figured out there was oil there.
    JesusFreak007on June 30, 2011   Link

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