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Ballad of Lachlan Macquarie

David Rovics
Language: English


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Lachlan Macquarie (Ulbha, 31 gennaio 1762 – Londra, 1º luglio 1824) è stato un generale scozzese. Fu governatore coloniale nel Nuovo Galles del Sud, in Australia, ed ebbe un ruolo cruciale nello sviluppo economico e sociale del territorio, che sotto la sua guida cominciò la transizione da colonia penale a libero insediamento.
Lachlan Macquarie was a Scotsman who
Signed up to serve the British crown
He traveled round the world to America
Not long after that he headed down
To his post in New South Wales to be the governor
To expand colonial rule
Half of Sydney was named after him
Everybody learns his name in school

Just don't put Macquarie's words beneath his statue
If you do, his defenders might arrest you

Lachlan Macquarie was a governor
Who opened schools and hospitals
His aim was to civilize a nation
In the interests of himself and capital
He was a raging alcoholic and a bad businessman
But you could say he did his best
To broaden the global dominion of
A project they call the Christian west

Just don't put Macquarie's words beneath his statue
If you do, his defenders might arrest you


Lachlan Macquarie stole children from
Their parents, and never gave them back
And when Gundagarra and Dharrawal people resisted
He ordered his soldiers to attack
He said make the Aborigines your prisoners
Shoot them and hang them from the trees
So as to strike fear in the surviving Natives
In order to bring them to their knees

Just don't put Macquarie's words beneath his statue
If you do, his defenders might arrest you

Contributed by Dq82 - 2020/12/7 - 19:03



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