Перевод песни Five Iron Frenzy – The Old West

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Some cowboys were a ridin', ridin' on the range;
The grass was over grazed there, and spotted like some mange;
The buffalo were dead there, the trees they all were through
And if they saw some Injuns, why they would kill them too
West or bust, in God we trust, «Let's rape, let's kill, let's steal»
We can almost justify, anything we feel;
I'm climbing up that ladder, more brownie points for me
I'll work my way to Jesus you wait and see
Said one cowboy to another, «I think it would be nice
If we could take these injuns and convert them all to Christ;
See, they are all disgusting, and bringing me great pain
And if they don't believe me, we'll put a bullet in their brains!»
I am always shoutin', when I go outside
How people should repent now, or they're going to die
My motives are all selfish, I'm a cannon brimmed with powder
If people don't believe me, I just beat them and yell louder
From the liner notes:
Up until the middle of the 20th century, many Americans believed in the idea
known as the «Manifest Destiny.» It held that all of North America,
from sea to shining sea, was rightfully the property of the U.S.
and was given to us by God. Native Americans were unscrupulously thrown off
their homelands and slaughtered in the name of Jesus
Horror stories of entire tribes being led through rivers while being baptized,
just to be shot and scalped on the other side
Rival those of the Spanish Inquisition
Today, I see street corner preachers screaming at passers-by, while the amount
of Neo-Nazi Hate crimes are escalating every day
All of this under a blanket name of «Christianity.»
Read Your Bible. Jesus never beat people or insulted them into believing in him.
He spoke the truth And set an example by loving every man
We are called to follow his example
Remember the Massacres at Sand Creek and meeker. Those who forget the past are
doomed to repeat it