The Missionary

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Mediation on Uncertainty: Influential ideas, serious consequences, modernization, contradictions, conflict, love, subordination, domination, submission, cultural, spiritual and personal sacrifice etc. This song is just as much, if not more, about personal relationships as it is about political relationships.


Out of the corner of my eye, there was a missionary man.
He was pointing to the pages that he wanted us to read,
And he trampled on our seed, and the lakes started to blead,
Still we loved him like a mother, carved his image in the trees.

There was a swiftly erected flag out in the center of the cornfield,
And the gray suited man was waving, he was asking us to leave,
But he'd have to get through me and all the animals and trees.
Now our love grows when he's inside us. We grow wider than the seas.

Like the first of us here did. Like the indigenous did.
I make shoes for my foot soldiers. I draw maps for the blind.

Out of the corner of my eye, there was a missionary man,
With machinery all around him and shadows in his eyes. So we took him by surprise, and we opened up his eyes. Now our love grows when he's inside us with all the animals and trees.

It's time to meet the masked man with the long hooked nose.
Don't build the canoe out of plastic.


from School of Unlearning, track released December 31, 2010
musicians: John Tielli, Coralie Martens, Daniela Gesundheit, Susan Bredlau



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