"Song of the Dispossessed" as written by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard....
The river is deep and the road is long,
daylight comes and I want to go home.
Awoke this morning
to find my people's tongues were tied
and in my dreams
they were given books to poison their minds.
The river is deep and the mountain high,
how long before the other side.
We are their mortar,
their building bricks and their clay.
Their gold teeth mirror
both our joys and our pain.
The river is deep and the ocean wide,
who will teach us how to read the signs.
The earth is our mother
she taught us to embrace the light,
now the lord is master
she suffers an eternal night.
You blocked up my ears,
you plucked out my eyes,
you cut out my tongue,
you fed me with lies,
oh lord.

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"Song of the Dispossessed" as written by Lisa Germaine Gerrard Brendan Michael Perry

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    General CommentThe colonization of paganism (and its values) in conjunction with the oppression of nature. Looking at the world through a rigid set of values blinds you to other realities. In this case, the Western materialistic, post-Christian worldview means that subjugating others is perfectly legitimate so long as it is done in accordance with a 'greater power' (whether god, capital, the free market....)....This is such a tragic, beautiful song!
    camd419on March 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! I think it is pretty obvious what it is about though. It expresses a diffrent view that most people wouldnt understand. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Genesisfanon October 07, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationOne of my favorites by Dead Can Dance this song is about how we seem to neglect the culture of others we are ignorant to their way of life and their traditions and their history. Instead we we believe our way and our traditions are all that matters as we ignore them and also at times even subjugate their rights (case in point: Standing Rock). This quote by Will Rogers speaks of this "We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others. " We must embrace, honor and respect the traditions, beliefs and spirit of others or else this world will continue to tear itself a part and remain divided and never united. War, terrorism and dead will continuously remain on the rise. Never will there be peace on earth unless we can come together, instead of coming apart as we seem to be doing now and have done in the past.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon July 08, 2017   Link

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