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White Man's Burden

Bob Connelly


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[1975]
Album “Yankee Go Home: Songs of Protest Against American Imperialism”, Folkways Records.

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"...God has made us the master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns. He has given us the spirit of progress to overwhelm the forces of reaction throughout the earth. He has made us adepts in government that we may administer government among savage and senile peoples. Were it not for such a force as this the world would relapse into barbarism and night. And of all our race He has marked the American people as His chosen nation to finally lead in the regeneration of the world. This is the divine mission of America, and it holds for us all the profit, all the glory, all the happiness possible to man. We are trustees of the world's progress, guardians of its righteous peace. The judgment of the Master is upon us: "Ye have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things."
Albert J. Beveridge, Senator of the United States, "In Support of an American Empire" speech, January 9, 1900.
As Americans of the Christian race,
Our duties we must clearly face,
We owe it to the human race,
To welcome them within.

Our duty we must not postpone,
For history has clearly shown,
That the Anglo-Saxon, and he alone,
Is fit to govern men.

So brother, lend a helping hand,
For this is God's immortal plan,
The destiny of primitive man,
Lies clearly on our shoulders.

The Democrats say we're to blame
For playing Satan's ugly game,
But William Jennings Bryan's a fool, (*)
And the whole damn country knows it.

They'd have us throw away our gold,
They'd have us throw away our beliefs,
And now, by Bryan, they‘re asking us,
To throw away the world.

So brother, lend a helping hand,
For this is God's immortal plan,
The destiny of primitive man,
Lies clearly on our shoulders.

So let's extend a loving hand,
O’er the mountain and o’er the see,
For all around God‘s chosen land,
There lurks the shadow or slavery.

And if these people fail to see
That God ordained their destiny,
We'll send an army around the world,
And drag them to the fold.

So brother, lend a helping hand,
For this is God's immortal plan,
The destiny of primitive man,
Lies clearly on our shoulders.

inviata da Alessandro - 31/3/2010 - 10:03


(*) William Jennings Bryan, (1860-1925) esponente democratico, anti-imperialista. Nel 1900, in piena guerra per l’annessione americana delle Filippine, si oppose proprio al repubblicano Albert J. Beveridge con un celebre discorso proferito durante la Democratic National Convention intitolato “The Paralyzing Influence of Imperialism”.

Alessandro - 31/3/2010 - 10:03


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