Orange Shirt Songs

by GHOSTRAIN 3000

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Wasidawideye - Orange Shirt Song - Wah – sid – da – wid – deh – yeh Is the word for heart break. They took her orange shirt away, Wah – sid – da – wid – deh – yeh. 2nd verse (Stayed in School 300 days). Wah – sid – da – wid – deh – yeh Her heart was broken in this way. Resdential school says, “Broken hearts are here to stay”. If you speak, mother tongue Sew your mouth shut, little one. Don't you know we make the rules? This is residential school. CHORUS – X 2 Wah – sid – da – wid – deh – yeh, Wah – sid – da – wid – deh – yeh, Is the word for heart break. Wah – sid – da – wid – deh – yeh.
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Kete Mitigomij, Old Oak Tree. Whoop!
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Ishpakweya (Stand of Tall Trees) Ish – pak – way – ya, Ish – pak – way – ya, Ish – pak – way – ya, Oh Ish – pak – way – ya. Ish – pak – way – ya Is an Algonquin phrase That means “Stand of tall trees”. The Ish – pak – way – ya Helped my great grandma Escape Residential school. The seven above, The seven below, The seven among us, The seven we know. CHORUS - Run away, run away Run away great grandma Little girl, outlaw In the Ish – pak – way – ya. The Ish – pak – way – ya Is sacred because It holds The seven teachings. Oh Ish – pak – way – ya We love you because You care For all generations. The seven above, The seven below, The seven among us, The seven we know. CHORUS – X 2 Run away, run away Run away great grandma Little girl, outlaw In the Ish – pak – way – ya. Ish – pak – way – ya, Ish – pak – way – ya, Ish – pak – way – ya, Ish – pak – way – ya.
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Wìmbisagàtig (Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig) Hollow Tree Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree! Ahhhhhh, ahhhhh. Ohhhhhh, ohhhhh. Eeeeeeee, eeeeeee. Shhhhhhhhhhhhh x 2. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree. Weem-bi-sa-gah-tig means hollow tree!
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Panigakozi - Fallen Tree Whose Leaves Continue to Grow Intro - “Kwey wìdjìwàgan (wee-jee-wah-gan)! Hello my friend! I'm learning all kinds of new words. Today I learned an interesting word 'panigakozi'. It's an Algonquin phrase that means: fallen tree whose leaves continue to grow...” Song starts - Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Meegwetch Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi. Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi Is an Algonquin phrase That means “fallen tree Whose leaves are still growing”. Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Meegwetch Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi. “Meegwetch” means “thank you”. “Kete” means “old”. “Kokomis” means “Grandma”. Meegwetch, Kete Kokomis. Thank you Great Grandma, Thank you Great Grandma, You're my Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi. We're your Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi. Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi, Meegwetch Pa - ni – gah – ko – zi.

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I collaborated with teacher extraordinaire Arwyn Carpenter and the students of Perth Public school to compose and record seven songs for 2019 Orange Shirt Day. A day for reflecting and learning about the history and damage of government sanctioned residential schools in Canada.

Residential schools were used to assimilate First Nations children into Canadian culture, horrifically many of the children were severely abused and many died due to neglect and malnutrition. Statistically, students had a higher chance of dying in residential school than soldiers in WW 2. These schools operated from 1870 to 1996. They were kept secret by the federal government. My great grandmother and her siblings attended residential school.

Orange Shirt Day was started by a survivor of the residential school system, Phyllis Webstad. Thank you dear Phyllis for bringing this national trauma into the light and for this opportunity to heal.
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All purchases of this album donated to the Orange Shirt Society.
www.orangeshirtday.org/donations.html

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released October 3, 2019

Written, performed and recorded by Luke Gustafson / Ghostrain3000.
Includes backing vocals- Children's choir from Perth Public School.

All purchases of this album donated to the Orange Shirt Society.
www.orangeshirtday.org/donations.html

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