#00913
Coast Of Labrador (David Kootnikoff)

I just got the news
from the coast of Labrador,
It blew in from the street
through the locks on my front door;
Inside a shed a child
dropped to the floor,
He died inhaling fumes
on the coast of Labrador.

His family and his friends
were torn from their home,
By contracts and lies
issued from a throne;
First came the men,
then the sound of fighter jets,
And the Innu they were pushed
to a cold, cold inlet.

Where were you, where were you
when the first bell did toll?
I was in the tower,
I was praying for my soul;
Where were you, where were you
when the first cry did sound?
I was in my chambers,
I was polishing the crown;
I had to draw a line,
I had to close my door,
Now the chill is blasting in
from the coast of Labrador.

Up on Parliament Hill
no money could be found,
And no printing press would turn
until a body was underground;
Like hollow men they stand,
they've got blood on every hand,
Heads stuffed with straw
and their hearts stuffed with sand.

Where were you, where were you
when the first bell did toll?
I was in the tower,
I was praying for my soul;
Where were you, where were you
when the first cry did sound?
I was in my chambers,
I was polishing the crown;
I had to draw a line,
I had to close my door,
Now the chill is blasting in
from the coast of Labrador.

An Eagle takes the wing
and he flies into the sun,
He carries in his throat
the suffering of one
Who lies beyond a prayer,
and he lies beyond the crown,
He lies with his future
in the cold, cold ground.

Where were you, where were you
when the first cry did sound?
I was in my chambers,
I was writing this song down.

####.... David Kootnikoff of Edmonton, Alberta ....####
Recorded by David Kootnikoff (Kaspian Davies, trk#5, Independent, © All Day Bliss. All rights reserved.)

Liner Note:
The most potent form of corruption is apathy - knowing something is wrong and choosing not to do anything. The Innu of the Davis Inlet have been lied to by our government and many lives have perished. As a Canadian I feel ashamed and angry. I needed to write this song.

From Wikipedia:
Davis Inlet - Naskapi community in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, formerly inhabited by the Mushuau Innu First Nation. It was named for its adjacent fjord, itself named for its discoverer, John Davis. In 1993, a video was released to the media of six children in Davis Inlet between the ages of 11 and 14 huffing gasoline in an unheated shack in winter and shouting that they wanted to die. Shamed by the negative publicity and international outcry surrounding the events in 1993, the Canadian government agreed to move the Innu to mainland Labrador, and in 2002 at a cost of nearly $200 million the community of Davis Inlet was relocated to Natuashish. However, the problems of suicide, alcohol and solvent abuse followed the community and in 2008 they voted to outlaw alcohol entirely.



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