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The Donner Party

This song is by Rasputina and appears on the album Thanks For The Ether (1996).

The similarities in situation between the Donner party and
The colonial pilgrims is both appalling, frightening, and incomplete.
In both cases, you'll find One, a fairly large group of unprepared
Greenhorns pitting themselves against nature and each other,
Two, an insufficient willingness to endure the very real hardships
Of frontiering, and Three, coincidential misfortune at every turn.
Number Three, coincidential misfortune at every turn.

The disasters of both camps were initially brought about by departure
To lay, inducing inertia, which caused out heroes to begin their
Journeys at absolutely retarded times, weatherwise.
If fantasy is the refuge of the frightened man,
And a castle in the air is safe harbor for a foolish few,
Just imagine living in a hut, buried twelve feet below the snow,
Where the sight and the smell of the scattered carcasses
Of loved ones at your feet is... the lay of the land; just another day.

I would like to propose that cannibalism was indeed rampant among
America's earliest settlers: The Pilgrims.
The Pilgrims.
For what does settler imply, if not the willingness to settle? To settle
For a meal of human flesh, if my thoughts on the subject are to be

In conclusion, spread the word of this.
Look to the night sky, and hop back to our forefathers' shortcomings-
And your own-
As you cut your meat, and lay the groundwork
For a New Tomorrow...

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