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Remains In Me

by Eric Anders

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Remains In Me (©2011 Anders/O'Bitz) Bitter frost They try to keep warm Wet blankets worn over heads At what cost Guns pointed down So many innocents dead What remains in me Of manifest destiny Why give medals of honor For Wounded Knee Pine Ridge wars Dick Wilson's thugs Backed by thugs of the Feds And what for Guns pointed up More dead at Jumping Bull Ranch What remains in me Of manifest destiny Why give medals of honor For Wounded Knee Have we lost Wind Chases the Sun Continues his mournful ghost dance And we're taught The aboriginal sin On which our divided state stands What remains in me Of manifest destiny What chance of honor For genocide's progeny What remains in me Of manifest destiny What chance of honor For genocide's progeny Bitter frost They try to keep warm Wet blankets worn over heads Have we lost Wind Chases the Sun Continues his mournful ghost dance
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Ghost of Conscience (©2011 Anders/Bohm) To live a loss like this Their extraordinary lie And their crimes so broad My too common sacrifice A political prisoner At least 'til '24 I never chose to be their Ghost of conscience Not another innocent In a prison cell And if they define my life Just one way now To live another version of A no-exit hell So many nights like this Gone my ordinary life But so many before me Made a heavier sacrifice A people held prisoner I'm just one of many more We never chose to be their Ghost of conscience No more native innocents In reservation cells And if they define our lives Just one way now To live another version of A no-exit hell Keep on blowin' and chasin' the sun The wind must keep on blowin' chase' the sun Blowin' like a hurricane, chasin' the sun Keep on blowin' Wind Chases the Sun We never chose to be their Ghost of conscience No more native innocents In reservation cells And if they define our lives Just one way now To live another version of A no-exit hell
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How Low and Why (©2004 Anders/Mitchell/O'Bitz) How low and why How low before we open our eyes How low and why How low before we can't ask why How low d'we go with slavery then How low our aboriginal sin How low against the Vietminh How low before it ends How low and why How low our wanton luxury ride How low and why How low before we can't ask why How low d'we go with slavery then How low our aboriginal sin How low against the Vietminh How low before it ends So high we started for the times So high the high for men who were white So high these freedoms, and rights So high so many held them up in awe and began the fight Eyes on the prize How low and why How low so we can turn off the fight How low and why How low now that we can't ask why How low d'we go with slavery then How low our aboriginal sin How low against the Vietminh How low before it ends How low before it ends For it ends ... for it ends
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Heavy Weather (©2011 Anders/Bohm) So long here Together With respect for The weather now It was like this before Rolled in now With no measure Of fear this Heavy weather now Not like this before Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies They're killing Whatever And caring Like the weather now Not like this before They'll tell now And forever The truth as Heavy weather now Not like this before Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies No way out Whatsoever To stop this Heavy weather now Not like this before Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies Filling big skies
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Genocide and Justice (©2011 Anders/O'Bitz) They turned down the road A bumpy dirt road In two city cars On a country dirt road Drove into war As if it weren't war They died in this war Off a country dirt road Charged with murder Within an unjust war Just 'cause the victors said so Genocide and justice The mixture does not hold Even if the victors say so We keep saying it's so From Little Big Horn To Wounded Knee To Jumping Bull ranch And '73 The war is won We'll celebrate Columbus Day Let's have a parade Charged with murder Within an unjust war Just 'cause the victors said so Genocide and justice The mixture does not hold Even if the victors say so We keep saying it's so Wind Chases the Sun Still dancing his dance A circle of one Never given a chance Until his freedom Is duly won No parades No Independence Day Charged with murder Within an unjust war Just 'cause the victors said so Genocide and justice The mixture does not hold Even if the victors say so We keep saying it's so

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This EP was inspired by the Michael Apted award-winning documentary, Incident at Oglala, which can be seen in its entirety on Google Video. Produced by Trespasser William's guitarist/producer, Matthew Emerson Brown.

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released January 1, 2011

Produced and Mixed by Matthew Emerson Brown.
Recorded at The Track Shack, Seattle.
Mastered by The SoundLab at Disc Makers.

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Eric Anders California

Californian singer-songwriter, Eric Anders, released his anti-Trump album, Eleven Nine, in the spring of 2017. The album was produced and mixed by Matthew Emerson Brown.

See Eric's latest release, released as a duo with Mark O'Bitz in June, 2018: Of All These Things. Eric and Mark are working on their second duo release, Ghosts To Ancestors, which should be out early 2019.
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