Los Rancheros

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lyrics

rollin, rollin, rollin 'cross the western planes
stirrin up the dust of history
stolen, stolen, stolen were the native claims
and they sell freedom across the seven seas

bow-legged and walkin' tall
they dig their spurs into sovereign walls
the west was never really won at all

pistol-packin, whips-a-crackin' git along!
keep the white hats clean for heaven's sake
a hundred john wayne movies cannot be all wrong
so kill the prairie dogs and feed the snakes

we know they're near we smell the stink
we're not as dumb as the ranchers think
a hearty breed can drive itself extinct

so when the conestogas circle on the trail
with fear of flaming arrows* piercing their bowels
they won't hear the bugle blowing down the rail
because the cavalry's roped in their own corral

this ain't no novel by louis l'amore
the good guys die in bad guys' wars
and as the sun goes down they stand and scream for more

yippie tie-yie-yay!


* a noted hollywood myth

credits

from Ownership, released August 1, 2008
mi’kmaq welcome song › little hawk and ema
drum kit › ian herman
bass › george farmer
doumbek › brahim fribgane
blues harp › chris dawson
vocal harmonies › stella khumalo, faith kekana, ema
guitars, piano, programming and lead vocals › ema

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Mthakathi New York, New York

WORLD MUSIC ON JET FUEL! Singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Mthakathi (pronounced m-TAA-gaa-tee) takes the rock/world fusion movement into the realm of Safro-Rock. His music, drawn from a lifelong immersion in South African culture, is a fiery mutli-culti rock mashup with a dose of world world elements.
An innovative songsmith and arresting performer, Mthakathi is the definitive "Safro" rocker
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