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On The Trail Of Tears... America's Most Shameful Event.

Calypso Bertrand is known for his tropical oriented songs, usually about basking somewhere on a white sandy beach while drinking coconut rum... with a beautiful "browned eyed girl".  However, being as Bertrand makes his home near the Shawnee National Park in Southern Illinois he is very familiar with the infamous "Trail of Tears".  The trail of tears story has been covered lyrically by several songwriters and recording artists in the past.  In this version, Bertrand makes mention of the Hollyhocks.  If you don't already know the significance of this then you'll enjoy reading about the story of Priscilla... the slave girl who was on the trail of tears.  Just Google... Priscilla and the Hollyhocks. 

ON THE TRAIL OF TEARS

ON THE TRAIL OF TEARS
MUSIC AND LYRICS:  RONALD L. BERTRAND
COPYRIGHT:  2011 ... ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
 
We made em go... We made em leave
Out in the cold...   Many would freeze
Cause they didn't have no clothes
Had nothing to eat...  On the trail of tears
 
Took their tribal lands...  All part of Jackson's plan
Burned down all their homes... As the white man searched for gold
And on a cold October day...  Forced them on there way
On the trail of tears
 
And you can still...  Smell the Hollyhocks...  On the trail of tears
And you can still...  Smell the Hollyhocks...  On the trail of tears
 
Yes, we made em go...  Oh we made em leave
Chickasaw and Seminole...  Chawtaw, Creek and Cherokee
And oh how they cried...  As they watched the children die
On the trail of tears
 
Four thousand silent graves...  Now mark the trail of tears
A thousand miles of pain...  Starvation and dispair
And I still can not believe...  That we made em go
On the trail of tears
 
And now they still...  Don't wanna take...  The twenty dollar bill
And now they still...  Don't wanna take...  The twenty dollar bill
And now they still...  Don't wanna take...  The twenty dollar bill
 
 

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