Mannitto You're On Our Side

Updated: Oct 3

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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



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