Took The Children Away
G This story's right, this story's true. I would not tell lies to you. C G Like the promises they did not keep, and how they fenced us in like sheep. Said to us come take our hand, set us up on mission land. C Taught us to read, to write and pray. D G C Then they took the children away. Took the children away, the children away. D C Snatched from their Mothers breast, said this is for the best. G Took them away. G The welfare man, the police man, said you've got to understand. C G We'll give to them what you can't give, teach them how to really live. Teach them how to live they said, humiliated them instead. C D Taught them that and taught them this and others taught them predjudice. G C Oh took the children away, the children away. D C G Breaking their Mothers heart, tearing us all apart, took them away. G One dark day on Framlingham, came and didn't give a damn. C G My Mother cried go get their Dad, he came running, fighting mad. Mothers tears were falling down, my Dad shaped up and stood his ground. C He said "You touch my kids and you fight me". D G C Then they took us from our family. Took us away, they took us away. D C G Snatched from our Mothers breast, said this was for the best, took us away. Instumental: G Told us what to do and say, taught us all the white mans ways. C G Then they split us up again, gave us gifts to ease the pain. Sent us off to foster homes, as we grew up we felt alone. C Cause we were acting white, yet feeling black. D One sweet day all the children came back. G C The children came back, the children came back. D C Back where their hearts grow strong, back where they all belong. G The children came back, said the children came back. C D Oh the children came back, back where they understand. C G back to their Mothers land, the children came back. G C Back to their Mother, back to their Father. G D Back to their Sister, back to their Brother. G C Back to their People, back to THEIR LAND. G C G All the children came back, the children came back. C G D G Yeah the children came back, yes I came back. Truly, one of the best songs of all time. I dedicate this to Uncle Ted RIP, Aunty Carol RIP, Brenda, Tye and Eddie RIP. Comment, correction and/or rating appreciated. Enjoy!