Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Aztec Go Home" -- a song I came up with after reading a few too many headlines.

AZTEC, GO HOME © 8/13/07, Leslie Fish


Chorus: “Aztec, go home!” the Pueblo peoples say.

“No, you will never take our land.

Aztec, go home. Stay in Mexico.

Stay forever south of the Rio Grande.”


1)“Aztec, go home,” the ancient chieftains said.

“We used to know the Toltec folk, and traded with them well.

We saw you come and conquer them and make them worse than slaves.

You turned them into cattle, and their country into hell.

Save for Quetzlcoatl, you threw down the Toltec gods.

Now you worship gods who eat the hearts of men.

All the rest of the human meat of sacrifice you Aztecs eat,

And write your lying histories on scrolls of human skin.” (Cho.)


2) “Aztec, go home,” the later shamans said.
“Don’t cry to us for pity, now Cortez has conquered you.
The Spaniards treat you better than you did the Toltec folk;
They’ve made you slaves and peons, but they do not eat you too.
They’ve brought in tools and livestock that we Pueblos learned to use.
Did you never see how fast a Pueblo learns?
And as we take the horse and cow, we plot rebellion even now.
We’ll take back Arizona by the time the century turns.” (Cho.)

3) “Aztec, go home,” the modern tribesmen say.
“Your massive slow invasion trick will gain no victory here.
Let the greedy, guilty, White Men be whatever fools they will,
But we have played this game with you for near a thousand years.
Our own laws on our own land do not deny us arms,
And we’ll shoot you where we find you on our lands.
Let the rest of the country let itself be overrun, but yet
This much of Arizona shall remain in Pueblo hands.” (Cho.)

2 comments:

Leslie Fish said...

You can email me for the chords -- or just show up at Consonance, and I'll play it for you.

--Leslie <;)))><

Oppen said...

I like it! When/if we're at a con together, I want to hear it!