AFRICAN PEOPLE * WINSTON JARRETT AND THE FLAMES * HARRY J 6644 * UK
Written in 1959 by Songwriter and singer John D. Loudermilk and originally recorded by Marvin Rainwater as Pale Faced Indian, the song reworked by Loudermilk and recorded by him in 1966 as The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian (Indian Reservation). The song has been tweaked to fit an African context on this Harry J production, and although the words do not fit exactly (genocide was never a factor with African colonialism, nor were there reservations as such) but it is none the less in essence a trenchant indictment of oppression.
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