A banner year 1864, don't
like the red man anymore,
can't have them taking up
good land. Give them a
token flag, trade pipes and
shake some hands, tell them
the white stripes stand for
peace. Say if they raise red
white and blue, bluecoats will
never shoot at you, but stripes
will lose their sheen. Black
Kettle was their chief, he only
wanted peace, under the
flag...a massacre at Sand

Wave your flag. Salivate.
Stirring feelings of pride and
hate. A peace of cloth can't
hold your faith.

No flag flies, no banner
waves, see the empty pole
above his empty grave. No
one knows,
where he lies, and no one
knows why he had to die.

A banner year 1868, a bitter
end a twist of fate. Maps
won't hold this melanoma,
blurry part of Oklahoma,
where Custer shot and killed
Black Kettle.

A promise is a promise, a
judge of character. His
banner over me is love.

Lyrics submitted by ThreeMilesDown, edited by zehnra

Banner Year Lyrics as written by Kurt Bloch

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    a song about a historical event, but also about the mis-treating of native Americans, during our civil war we tried to get them on our side by saying we wanted peace, but not all of the english immigrants wanted peace, some just wanted to have the land for their own and didn't want any indians around to get in the way and killed them or moved them shamelessly.

    J35U5_ownz_M3on September 26, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    My favorite song off this album. i agree w/ what J35U5 wrote. Tells of our nations mistreatment of the Native Americans.

    Cuevoon April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This one of my favorite FIF songs ever. As said before, it's about the Sand Creek Massacre.

    Bennjamynon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song was inspired by Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee." This book is quoted in another FIF song: "The Day We Killed."

    vjonnyvon December 13, 2005   Link
  • -2
    General Comment

    And this is why I'm English, not American.

    socialengineeron January 03, 2008   Link

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