Dana Clark Music

05/26/2017
Dana Clark

Story

LEAD SHEET with melody and guitar chords.

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In 2013 I volunteered for a Sierra Club service trip to reseed the desert in Big Bend National Park. By the edge of a cliff overlooking the Rio Grande River I came across a park service sign. On it were pictures of plants that grow along both sides of this narrow, meandering river that forms the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico.  The sign declared, "Nature does not recognize the artificial boundary that divides the two countries." 

Yes.  How artificial.  How unnatural.

The images in the song are based on my observations during the week in Big Bend. 

Lyrics

This Land Belong to the Ones Who Belong to This Land

Begun in Big Bend, finished in New York, August 2013

Copyright Dana Clark 2013

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 The bones of their fathers rest in this desert

The dust of their mothers blows with the sand

The blood of their children flows in this river

This land belongs to the ones who belong to this land

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For thousands of years they have walked these arroyos

They've clung to these canyons with their bleeding hands

Now the walls have gone up and the village is dying

But this land belongs to the ones who belong to this land

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Guilty of nothing but labeled illegal

These families do what survival demands

Risking their lives for the sake of their children

This land belongs to the ones who belong to this land

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My family came when this country proclaimed,

Give us your tired, your poor.”

What right do we have to close that door?

How can we say, “Not anymore?”

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A guard whose own grandparents once swam this river

Takes orders that come down a chain of command

From powers that are greedy to feed on our fear

This land belongs to the ones that belong to this land

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When centuries pass and this age is forgotten

The moon will still rise, the sierras still stand

This river, still winding, will no more divide us

This land belongs to the ones who belong to this land

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Recorded in my home studio. 

I sang and played all the instruments.

Mixed and mastered by Brant Sankey.