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The Spirit Of Riel

  • (Tom McIver)

    Throughout the course of history
    Man has struggled to be free
    To break the chains that tie him down
    And turn the tide of fate around
    But some who lust for power and greed
    Deny these rights in word and deed
    Though unjust laws they may contrive
    Man will keep his dream alive

    So raise the banner, let it fly
    Let "We are Meti!" be our cry
    Stand up against the rogues and thieves
    Let each man live as he believes
    The Spirit of Riel lives on
    Within the heart of everyone
    For Man will struggle to be free
    And will do through eternity

    Riel died and his people grieved
    He died for that which he believed
    That we are Metis, everyone
    And have been so since times begun
    But those who tried to still his voice
    Are wrong to think they can rejoice
    For after they are dead and gone
    The Spirit of Riel lives on

    So raise the banner, let it fly
    Let "We are Meti!" be our cry
    Stand up against the rogues and thieves
    Let each man live as he believes
    The Spirit of Riel lives on
    Within the heart of everyone
    For Man will struggle to be free
    And will do through eternity

    We are all Meti

    (as sung by Arran Bede)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1994:] The Metis (Mixed Blood) are a nation of native American mixed with French and a bit of Scots and others. Louis David Riel led their struggle for recognition as a people, for their land and their legal rights and was hanged for his efforts in 1868 [sic!]. Their struggle goes on. (Notes Arran Bede, 'The Gossamer Mansion')

  • [1995:] Honore Jaxon died in New York in 1952. He was born as William Henry Jackson and was Riel's English secretary during the 1885 Rebellion. When evicted from his apartment at the age of ninety, Jaxon found himself on the side walk with more than a ton of books and papers that he said was the foundation for a library for the Native People of Saskatchewan. He died in a psychiatric wing, the books and papers went to the dump. (James Keelaghan, 'A Recent Future')

  • http://www.tcel.com/~brownb/Mtfullst.htm
    http://library.usask.ca/northwest/index/subject/33.html
    http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=17431

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