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This summer the Native American been walking across this land

Been trying to let the people know because they all got to understand

How their lands are being stolen by cruel and greedy band

Of men who care for nothing but the dollars in their hand

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From the West Coast to the Capital of these United States

They been telling us of genocide of the white man’s path of hate

How their lands are being stolen people I’m telling you now it’s not too late

To get behind the lovers of this earth

Cause I swear we all share the same fate

 

We got to love life enough to struggle

The choice is one we each must make alone

Open up now make the circle stronger

And we can lay this death trip down

We can lay the death trip down

Lay it down lay it down

 

You will not read it in your papers

Ain’t going to see it on your TV screen

But there is war on the reservation

People are dying to be free

The FBI is doing the killing and they’re paid by you and me my friend

To make it safe for a few rich men to come and rape the earth again

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They have not honored the treaties

They got control of native lands

Been sterilizing Indian women to complete the deadly plan

They got the coal that’s in the mountain

They got the oil to feed their greed

They want to dig out more uranium ore to feed a nuclear insanity

 

And we got to love life enough to struggle

The choice is one we each must make alone

Open up now make the circle stronger

And we can lay this death trip down

We can lay the death trip down

Lay it down, let’s lay it down

 

In the Black Hills of South Dakota

Native and White Folk have been joining hands

Where big companies try to tear hills away

In the heart of the sacred lands.

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Way down in New Mexico in streams

Where the Navajo children play

The poison from a nuclear spill

Threatens to steal their lives away.

 

And we got to love life enough to struggle

The choice is one we each must make alone

Oh you know it is now

Open up now take the circle higher, take it higher

We can lay this death trip down

We can lay the death trip down

Lay it down, lay it down

Oh lay it down

Lay the death trip down

We can lay the death trip down

 

This song was originally written, recorded, and performed by Charlie Murphy – a musician, earth-lover, activist, and youth worker who passed away last summer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Charlie originally wrote and recorded this song back in the 1980’s. Thirty years later, its words still ring true.

Godspeed, Charlie. What is remembered, lives.  

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