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Broken Arrow

Lyrics by Tori Amos

this broken arrow needs heeding
when great white fathers
your mistress is inequality

rash and reckless
won't get us
to where we want to be
are we emancipators or oppressors
of lady liberty?
have we lost her

this broken arrow needs heeding
when great white fathers
our poisoned rivers feed your greed
rash and reckless
won't get us
to where we want to be
ancient songlines are singing to wake
lady liberty

she may seem weak
we may be battle weary
still those songlines sing
from our Great Lakes
to our sacred Badlands
over sweet prairies

no I'm not letting go
I won't be silenced or frozen out
by those who must account
in our Senate
and in the House

we the people
dear judges
will be watching
over you

have we lost her

this broken arrow needs heeding


Tori Quotes

The current administration's stance on immigration certainly controverts what is an admired national symbol for the country's historic embrace of immigrants.

This has been happening for many, many, many, many months, it just didn't happen during that conversation. It was bright lights everywhere and it hit us all in the face but this attack on Lady Liberty started in the campaign, didn't it. I sometimes don't understand what people are saying, I just don't understand it. When they say they're Christians but then they're saying things about anyone that isn't a white Christian and I think: this is not the compassionate path of Christ! They're talking about Christianity and then hate. Maybe they don't say hate but they say hateful things. And yet according to them this should be a land of Christianity! Well, Jesus would be running thousands of miles from this philosophy -- this is terrifying! This is not love your neighbour as yourself. And we get back to that because that's how crazy things have become in the States right now, whereby when you're citing Jesus somehow for your philosophy it's an excuse. And a lie. [The 405 - September 5, 2017]


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