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  •  It doesn't mean much, unless you understand (9+ / 0-)

    it in context, but I often use Peter LaFarge's great line "Cornplanter, can you swim?" as a sig.

    Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Monkeys kill people too, if they have guns.

    by DaNang65 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 05:42:59 AM PST

    •  Johnny is totally wired (6+ / 0-)

      Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

      by BOHICA on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 05:52:56 AM PST

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      •  Ya think? (4+ / 0-)
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        Part of what I like about that particular video is how cooly Pete and June pay no attention to it. To Cash's credit, if I couldn't see the pictures I'd never hear it in the song.

        Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Monkeys kill people too, if they have guns.

        by DaNang65 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:08:34 AM PST

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        •  The song "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" (4+ / 0-)

          Was about the flooding of the The Allegheny Reservoir in violation of the Treaty of Canandaigua. Buffy St. Marie wrote "Now that the buffalo's gone" about the same treaty violation.

          Has a change come about Uncle Sam
          Or are you still taking our lands
          A treaty forever George Washington signed
          He did dear lady, he did dear man
          And the treaty's being broken by Kinzua Dam
          And what will you do for these ones

          Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

          by BOHICA on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:17:45 AM PST

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          •  Sure, the specific incident that provoked (1+ / 0-)
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            Peter LaFarge into writing the song was what Chris Lareau so capably described as Kinzua Lake.

            But the song, as the title - the traditional opening words of treaties between the U.S. government and Native American nations - implies is about the wider perfidy of government in promises made to Native Americans in all the treaties. The casual way in which Jack Kennedy could abrogate the oldest of the treaties, made by George Washington himself.

            Taken one step further, of course, it's about the general unreliability of the words of government. What they tell us today in order to gain our assent to something, what they assure us will hold true "as long as the grass shall grow," too easily falls prey to the exigencies of another day.

            In light of the current "budgetary" struggle taking place in Washington we are well advised to remember Cornplanter.

            Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Monkeys kill people too, if they have guns.

            by DaNang65 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:11:17 AM PST

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