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RUDD, Xavier


Spirit Bird


Give it time and we wonder why

Do what we can laugh and we cry

And we sleep in your dust because

We've seen this all before

Culture fades with tears and grace

Leaving us stunned hollow with shame

We have seen this all, seen this all before

Many tribes of a modern kind doing brand new work same spirit by side

Joining hearts and hands and ancestral twine, ancestral twine

Many tribes of a modern kind doing brand new work same spirit by side

Joining hearts and hands and ancestral twine, ancestral twine


Slowly we fade

…..


Spirit bird he creaks and groans

She knows she has seen this all before

She has seen this all before, she has

Spirit bird he creaks and groans

She knows she has seen this all before

She has seen this all before, she has


Slowly we fade

…..
Soldier on, soldier on my good countrymen

Keep fighting for your culture now

Keep fighting for your land

I know it's been thousands of years

And I feel your hurt

And I know it's wrong and you feel you've been chained

And broken and burned

And those beautiful old people

Those wise old souls

Have been ground down for far too long

By that spineless man

That greedy man

That heartless man

Deceiving man, that government hand

Taking blood and land, taking blood and land

And still they can

But your dreaming and your warrior spirit lives on

And it is so so so strong

In the earth, in the trees, in the rocks

In the water, in your blood and in the air we breathe

Soldier on, soldier on my good countrymen

Keep fighting for your children now

Keep fighting for your land

…..
Slowly we fade

……
Give it time and we wonder why

Do what we can, laugh and we cry

And we sleep in your dust because we've seen this all before