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Trail Of Tears

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“The love of possession is a disease with them; they take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own and fence their neighbors away.”
Sioux Chief Sitting Bull

“On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson unlawfully signed the Indian Removal Act to force move southeastern peoples from our homelands to the West. We were rounded up with what we could carry. We were forced to leave behind houses, printing presses, stores, cattle, schools, pianos, ceremonial grounds, tribal towns, churches. We witnessed immigrants walking into our homes with their guns, Bibles, household goods and families, taking what had been ours, as we were surrounded by soldiers and driven away like livestock at gunpoint.
There were many trails of tears of tribal nations all over North America of indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed from their homelands by government forces.
The indigenous peoples who are making their way up from the southern hemisphere are a continuation of the Trail of Tears.
May we all find the way home.”
Joy Harjo, An American Sunrise


For a rich man’s purse
The white mans curse
I dawned a uniform
In the western land
Fought the native man
Who took a stand
Took his dignity
Gave him poverty
Stole his hunting grounds
Put up wooden towns

Feel the breeze blow
As the storms blow
And the rage grows
As we marched them
Down that trail of tears

In a dream so bold
A life I’m told
I was a soldier boy
If my tale was told
My tongue I’d hold
For bloodied hands
Took his family
Burnt his home and lands
Stole his life of joy
Gave him misery

In this land of choice
There’s no rejoice
For a natives cause
In the war of wars
Died by the sword
Gave the devil his due
On a mantel
A picture of you
For the memory
Of heaven knows who


released March 5, 2023
Written by Gerald Duchene
Melody By Diane Lotny
Produced by Gerald Duchene and Eli Lishinsky
Featuring Oz Noy on lead guitar
Vocals and by Deb Lyons
Mastered and mixed By Eli Lishinsky


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Antiquity New York

Gerald Duchene, wrote the music and lyrics, produced and played on these tunes, and Dan Ecclestone is responsible for the vocals and melody lines and Simone Silvestroni provided the wonderful and ethereal bass lines. Dan and Simone are based in Cambridge UK and I’m based in Brooklyn New York ... more

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