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Posted By: InOBU
04-Jul-09 - 10:10 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Land of the Free and the Home of the Brav
Subject: Lyr Add: LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAV
LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE
Words Lorcan Otway
Tune Birmingham Sunday
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By Bennington's fields in the steel light of dawn,
Crouched by a stone wall, where I knew they'd come on,
Musket primed for a foe from far over the wave,
In the land of the free and the home of the brave.

In tobacco fields, my mother's labor pains
Brought me to the life of the lash and slave chains.
I fled north to Canada from slavery
To the home of brave and the land of the free.

See Crazy Horse riding now over the plain
To Greasy Grass battle, a victory to gain.
From Yellow Hair's murders his people to save,
The Lakota live free in the home of the brave.

In a dark prison cell, I barely can see
Hans Yoder who lies bruised and tortured like me.
We Quakers and Amish no Great War will fight.
We bravely sought freedom from tyranny's might.

With grandfather's musket, I carrued the fight
To a coward in a jet plane who struck in the night.
All of my forefathers in these mountains like me
Made Afghanistan home to the brave and the free.

So now in these days when the banners all wave.
Ask yourself, what is freedom, and where are the brave?
Have courage to stand with the brave and the free
When your nation strays from the path of liberty.

Here is the final version as performed and recorded... happy 4th all... Peace -