After Columbus                                                                               

2009 Garrett Clevenger

 

G    Em       {repeat}

 

G    Em                   After Columbus          crossed the sea

C  G  D                   the Indians                  were soon to see

C    Em  C         their homeland            completely shrink

G  D  C G               as the white man        brought the new world to the brink.

G    Em       x2

 

G    Em                   Deer skin teepees        and moccasins,

C  G  D                   painted faces              on skin like cinnamon,

C    Em  C         faded away                 like a long gone day

G  D  C G               as the white man        brought the new world disarray.

G    Em       x2

 

Bm                          As Earth keeps gettin' eaten               it just don't taste the same.

A                                The cinnamon is gone,                        replaced by acid rain,

Bm                          Stained and maimed with blood and pain. Replacing Eden with what's insane.

A        G              The new world's                                 not the same

Em    G               since the red man was slain.

G    Em       x2

 

G    Em                   Hundreds of tribes.     These people thrived.

C  G  D                   If only we still had     such simple lives.

C    Em  C         But suddenly,             their lives were seized

G  D  C G               as the white man        brought the new world new disease.

G    Em       x2

 

G    Em                   Our Mother Earth      gave all of us birth.

C  G  D                   Every color                 has a worth,

C    Em  C         but the blacks and reds lost their heads

G  D  C G               as the white man        brought the new world lots of dread.

G    Em       x2

 

Bm                          As Earth keeps gettin' eaten,              beaten down again

A                                by the hands of men                           killin' the cinnamon

Bm                          (tore, made sore in war. A horror.)     Raping the land and so much, so much more.

A        G              The new world's                                 not the same

Em    Bm            since the red man was slain.

 

Bm        A        Bm        A        G    Em    Bm     {repeat}

 

Bm          Cinnamon or sin of men?                    A                         Cinnamon

Bm          or sin of men?                                     A        G          The new world's not the same

Em    Bm    since the cinnamon was slain.