3 Songs for an Un-Thanksgiving Weekend — from one season of struggle to another

Buffy Sainte-Marie: No No Keshagesh

from the album “Running For The Drum” on Cooking Vinyl Records, http://cookingvinyl.com/

(Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It’s what you call a little puppy who eats his own and then wants everybody else’s.)

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “No No Keshagesh” Lyrics:

I never saw so many business suits.
Never knew a dollar sign that looked so cute.
Never knew a junkie with a money Jones:
He’s singing, “Who’s selling Park Place. Who’s buying Boardwalk”?
These old men they make their dirty deals.
Go in the back room and see what they can steal.
Talk about your beautiful and spacious skies.
It’s about uranium; it’s about the water rights.
Put Mother Nature on a luncheon plate.
They cut her up and call it real estate.
Want all the resources and all of the land.
They make a war over it: Blow things up for it.
The reservation now is poverty row.
There’s something cooking and the lights are low.
Somebody’s trying to save our mother earth.
I’m gonna help them to save it,
To sing it and bring it

Singing: No no Keshagesh:
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)
No, no, no, no Keshagesh
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)
No, no, no, no Keshagesh
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)
No, no, no, no Keshagesh
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)

Ole Columbus he was looking good,
When he got lost in our neighborhood.
Garden of Eden right before his eyes.
Now it’s all spy ware: now it’s all income tax.
Ole’ brother Midas looking hungry today.
What he can’t buy he’ll get some other way.
Send in the troopers if the natives resist.
Old, old story boys, that’s how you do it boys.
Look at these people; ah they’re on a roll.
Gonna have it all, gonna have complete control.
Want all the resources and all of the land.
They’ll break the law for it: Blow things up for it.
When all our champions are off in the war,
Their final rip off here and is always on.
Mr. greed I think your time has come.
We’re gonna sing it and pray it and live it then say it.

Singing: No no Keshagesh:
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)
No, no, no, no Keshagesh
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)
No, no, no, no Keshagesh
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)
No, no, no, no Keshagesh
You can’t do that no more, (no more, no more no more)

Buffy Sainte-Marie; Johnny CashCuster Don’t Ride Very Good Anymore

from the Johnny Cash Show with Buffy Sainte-Marie [June 28 ’69]

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the late Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman“Custer Died For Your Sins”

All the lies that were spoken
All the blood we have spilled
All the treaties that were broken
All the leaders you have still

Custer died for your sins!
Custer died for your sins!
Oh, a new day must begin
Custer died for your sins

All the tribes you terminated
Or the myth you keep alive
All the land you compensated
For freedom you deprive

Custer died for your sins!
Custer died for your sins!
oh, a new day must begin!
Custer died… for your sins

Custer died for your sins!
Custer died for your sins!
Oh, a new day must begin
Custer died… for your sins.

For the truth that you pollute
For the life that you have tossed
for the good you prostitute
And for all that we have lost

Custer died for your sins!
Custer died for your sins!
oh, a new day must begin
Custer died… for your sins.

Custer died for your sins!
Custer died for your sins!
Oh, a new day must begin
Custer died.. for your sins.

Custer diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiied!

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