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Bruce Cockburn — Indian Wars
Album: Nothing But A Burning Light
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Released: 1991
Length: 6:53
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Out in the desert where the wind never stops
A few simple people try to grow a few crops
Trying to maintain a life and a home
On land that was theirs before the Romans thought of Rome

A few dozen survivors, ragged but proud
With a few woolly sheep, under gathering cloud
It's never been easy, or free from strife
But the pulse of the land is the pulse of their life

You thought it was over but it's just like before
Will there never be an end to the Indian wars?

It's not breech-loading rifles and wholesale slaughter
It's kickbacks and thugs and diverted water
Treaties get signed and the papers change hands
But they might as well draft these agreements in sand

Noble Savage on the cinema screen
An Indian's good when he cannot be seen
And the so-called white so-called race
Digs for itself a pit of disgrace

You thought it was over but it's just like before
Will there never be an end to the Indian wars?
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 holborne wrote:
Dull and banal, as is all his work. Bleh.
 
Bruce as banal?!  Most ridiculously off-base comment ever.  
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Originally Posted by Leslie: I guess you can make that judgement after listening to all 25 or so of his albums, right?
Maybe someone should explain the concept of "simple random sample" to you sometime, Leslie.
Originally Posted by holborne: Dull and banal, as is all his work. Bleh.
I guess you can make that judgement after listening to all 25 or so of his albums, right?
Dull and banal, as is all his work. Bleh.
I would have to listen to the lyrics a few more times to make a judgment.. but musically it\'s pretty boring.
good stuff.
Bruce's lyrics are so heartfelt and insightful. This song is a perfect example. You can almost always learn about a segment of society/culture from Bruce when you really listen to his songs.
How can you not love a guy with the name Cockburn?
I like this one alot. The mandolin is a very nice touch.
Brutal