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Mannitto You're On Our Side

Updated: Aug 1

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We stand beside our sacred trees

where the big sea slaps white sand

We see a great canoe out far

small one approaching land

A ghost-like god comes up on shore

making sounds like no known beast

red war cloth covers up his skin

hand gestures signal peace

Your powerful eyes send us a sign

Mannitto – you’re on our side

But soon you’ll demand obedience

Later genocide

He offers beads like colored birds

fire water, he calls rum

our squaws prepare a mighty feast

Mannitto, Great One, come


Your powerful eyes send us a sign

Mannitto – you’re on our side

But soon you’ll demand obedience

Later genocide

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto – blood-brother pride

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto – bad-spirits hide

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto – you’re on our side


We pass around the pipe of peace

drum rhythm calms the chest

tonight will be for song and dance

Mannitto you're our guest

Your powerful eyes send us a sign

Mannitto – you’re on our side

But soon you’ll demand obedience

Later genocide


Past elders carved our tribal ways

honouring sky, land and seas

but gains are all Mannitto seeks

bringing war, greed, disease


Your powerful eyes send us a sign

Mannitto – you’re on our side

But soon you’ll demand obedience

Later genocide

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto – blood-brother pride

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto – bad-spirits hide

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto, Mannitto

Mannitto – you’re on our side


Your powerful eyes send us a sign

Mannitto – you’re on our side

But soon you’ll demand obedience

Later genocide




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