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Against Your Will (The Trail of Tears Story)


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A collaboration with Hendrik Steiner and Karl Anselm who live in Germany.

Listen to my interview with Ryan Mackey of the Cherokee Nation here:
http://www.richardschletty.com/music/Trail-of-Tears/Ryan_Mackey_2-1-07.mp3

The Steiner-Anselm-Schletty album called "Can't Let Go" has finally been published:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/richardschletty3

This song is on that album – track 9 of 12.

Thanks for listening.
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Against Your Will (The Trail of Tears Story)

In 18-3-0 "Sharp Knife" Jackson carved out
For tribes in the southeast a land exchange rout
A Removal Act Emerson and Crockett decried
Surely natives and squatters can live side by side

Soldiers guarded forts and a river of clay
from Lake of the Woods to Galveston Bay
The lands kept on shifting, the lines all were gray
Where there's greed there's death in the old USA

[chorus]
In the camps where you died
In the land of the free
On the trails where you cried
Digetsi ilvse'i
You were driven like cattle against your will

In 18-3-5 the Treaty of New Echota
Promised millions in cash and acres in Oklahoma
Chief John Ross from Georgia handed on your rejection
You made thousands of marks upon on a petition

Chief Ross cut a deal for self-preservation
Cross the wide Mississippi without reservation
Heed the acts and the treaties and the guns in your backs
Join your brothers on the Plains, time to take up your packs

[bridge]
We sent armies of thousands to shepherd you west
Made you homeless in your homeland with rifles and fists

[instrumental interlude]

[chorus]
In the camps where you died
In the land of the free
On the trails where you cried
Digetsi ilvse'i
You were driven like cattle against your will

Note: "digetsi ilvse'i" means "driven like cattle against their will" (third-person reportive tense in the Cherokee language). Source: Ryan Mackey, www.cherokee.org.

music ©2006 Hendrik Steiner and Karl Anselm (Germany)
lyrics ©2006-2009 Richard Schletty (Minnesota, U.S.A)
rschletty@schletty.com, www.richardschletty.com
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Feter said 3226 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Against Your Will
Such ballad suits you ...great collab ...
kudos !
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Rasapriya said 3226 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
aloha
Very nice. Not my kind of music, but I thought you did a nice job. Very heartfelt delivery with the vox. Nice musicianship. Like the violin at the end.
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Lardo said 3225 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
aloha
Thanks, Rasapriya. We're happy you stopped by to hear our little history lesson.
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scaustrita said 3226 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Trail of Tears
As a Native American I enjoyed your story.
The music and Lyrics are outstanding.
I found your mix to be very clean . . .

:: Impressed ::
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Lardo said 3225 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Trail of Tears
Thanks, Steve. I am glad it sounds clean to you.
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Roxylee said 3226 days ago (November 20th, 2009)
Trail of Tears
The music is excellent, and you uses your voice like an instrument to add effects. You guys mix so well!
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johnnyblues said 3226 days ago (November 21st, 2009)
Trail of Tears
Driven like cattle - great lyrics! Well done - in the Native American Spirit! Great violin and drums. Kudos.
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