The Indians lived all over this land before we came and killed them.
That was very bad of us.
We thought we needed the land,
But for the most part,
We just ruined it anyway,
And now, nobody can use it.
That's the way we are.
We're pigs.
One of my favorite foods to eat is called corn.
The Indians call it , "maize."
We call the Indians , "Indians."
This is because Columbus thought he was in India
When he first came to this land.
Some people say we should call the Indians, "Native Americans,"
'Cause they were here in America before us,
But before us,
This land wasn't called, "America."
It was named "America" by a mapmaker who never even came here.
He just lived in Europe
And made maps and when he found out about this land,
He just made a map of it,
And just put his name on it,
'Cause he could.
That's the way we are.
We're pigs.

As I was writing this,
A cockroach fell from the sky and onto the table.
I killed it,
'Cause I did.
That's the way I am.
This doesn't really have very much to do with the Indians, though.
I guess I got kind of sidetracked.
Anyway, I hope you see my point.


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    General CommentOne of John S. Hall's best pieces. Fairly self- explanatory, but thought-provoking and worthy of comment nonetheless. Demonstrates genocidal conduct of a culture and how our basic understanding of such events is flawed- down to the very words that signify the events themselves, and is misunderstood even by those trying to understand them.
    For more on this topic (which I would guess that Hall has read, based on these lyrics) see Howard Zinn's book, A People's History of the United States. Wiki describes Chapter 1as follows: "'Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress' covers early Native American civilization in North America and the Bahamas, the genocide and slavery committed by the crew of Christopher Columbus, and the violent colonization by early settlers."
    Mr. Shankleyon February 24, 2008   Link

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