Celebrate Columbus Day

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He rode in on his tall ship
Scanning the horizon
For all that reflects shiny yellow into your eyes

But instead he saw their faces
All dull and brown and leather
Wearing rainbow feathers
Curious gazes piercing the sky

He proclaimed himself their savior
Their consonants formed monsters
As bravely he stood listening with Isabella on his mind

Her people they were watching
For scrolls and sails in the distance
For the sweet release of horror
in those gruesome storybook finds

So he summoned up his sailors
To survey his resources
But they came back with no minerals,
just beating hearts in hand

With nothing left to lose but honour
He had the hearts start digging
And they dug and they dug until dark hands lay collapsed
All across the untilled land

Now all the settlers singing softly in the corner
About the cool air with its bittersweet rot
They begged their viceroy for loyalty and mercy
For a new set of dark hands to stir their cooking pots
Invasive ungulates were trampling through their gardens
Stomping out the seeds and the thin walls of their sprouts
And so he sent his ships onto the East to wrangle
some more hearts and hands to restore diminishing stocks

Now on that same faulty landmass
The dark hands are still digging
Digging for their dignity,
Digging for their past

And on those same torque-force waters
The sails are still coming in
Looking for their share
Of that shiny yellow at last

So celebrate Columbus Day
Hero of the high seas
Celebrate your freedom
And celebrate your rights

Raise your glasses to equality
As you wave flags with your children
Just remember the end of encomienda Is still in sight

credits

from Cryptozoology, track released November 29, 2013
Tereza Tomek: Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals
Corwin Fox: Mandolin
Jake Jenne: Drums, Percussion
Archie Pateman: Double Bass

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