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Four hundred years or more
Since you came to crucify
They were taken far from home
There were promises of paradise
But if they had been told that day
That they would be sold this way
To satisfy the souls of chosen men
See I had to look carefully
At the shame of my ancestry
To re-define the story line again
If I was taken for a day
And shown another way
Every child can learn a different thing
See I tried a million times
But I had to change my mind
Sadness was the best thing I could bring
On the inside he was dead and this is what he said
As he took away the bloom above the clouds
Superiority was clearly meant to be
So destiny will manifest in time
So where has the love all gone
A troubled trail of tears will tell the tale
Of how I was put down where I don't belong
Woman, Child, and man for sale
For ethical slavery is just an absurdity
How can you be alive when you are dead
With these chains of hypocrisy
The shame of my ancestry
Forever stained with blood in which you tread
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    UnregisteredMar 25, 2014 at 2:02 am
    This song could be about any disenfranchised people but the specific reference, which I'm sure Jamiroquai must know, is about the South West United States in the mid 1800's. The word Manifest Destiny was coined by John L. O'Sullivan in 1845. As he was traveling across the United States, when what was originally Mexico, and was about to become stolen from Mexico. John O'Sullivan said that it was God's divine will that the white man overtake the Southwest. That they did, and it is brilliant that Jamiro sings of Manifest Destiny. The white man killed and for all practical purposes destroyed the Buffalo. If you wann know more read John O'Sullivan's "The Great Nation of Futurity" in The United States Democratic Review vol. 6, issue 23, pp 426-430. This song is truly and only about the conquering of the Native Americans, and putting them on reservations and buying and selling THEIR land! Thanks Jamiro for your contribution to history. That is, the education of the world about the SW U.S.
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    UnregisteredMay 18, 2012 at 12:53 am
    "manifest destiny" was a phrase used by colonizers to justify their actions - against native, indigenous people and those sold into slavery from the continent of africa. The lyrics are meant to make us reflect on the past by presenting the perspective of the people who suffered at the hands of the colonists... And to acknowledge our ancestors mistakes and empathize with those who suffered.
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    UnregisteredFeb 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    This song to me is about slavery of the black man and the guilt in retrospect of the white and what they did to move ahead.

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