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牋牋牋?The Last Battle

牋牋牋??1988 Bill Gallaher, Victoria, BC


牋牋牋?Louis Riel le the Metis in both the Red River Rebellion of 1870 and the Northwest Rebellion in 1885.?When his followers were defeated by the government at Batoche on May 12, 1885, he was sentenced to death and hanged in Regina jail.?He was a good poet and a songmaker.?The Gabrial in the song is Gabrial Dumont.

牋牋牋牋牋?Bill Gallaher made this poignant piece a few years ago; you can hear his beautifully crafted songs on various tapes and CDs by the contacting him at # 4-175 Pembroke St, Victoria, BC, Canada V8R 1J7, 604-382-7531.?It was Mary Garvey (of the Columbia River) who told me about Bill.?He performs quite often with the astonishing Jake Galbraith, Maureen Campbell and Mike Jones.


Gordon ?12 string guitar

Carol- vocal



牋牋牋牋牋?An east wing blew in the storms of time

牋牋牋牋牋?Where the Metis lived on the winding river

牋牋牋牋牋?For on a steel rail the settlers came

牋牋牋牋牋?To the South Saskatchewan, and the land they claimed.


牋牋牋牋牋?Then three Metis and Gabrial

牋牋牋牋牋?Rode like the wind to wild Montana

牋牋牋牋牋?And on the Sweetgrass, in a church of stone

牋牋牋牋牋?They found their savior, and they took him home.


牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Saying "Come Riel, we'll make a stand

牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Here at Botoche, beside the river

牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Ah, never mind their Gatling guns

牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?If we lose this time, we've lost forever!"牋牋牋牋


牋牋牋牋牋?Oh, and the bullets flew and the cannons roared

牋牋牋牋牋?And the Metis' blood flowed like a river

牋牋牋牋牋?Into the coulees where they ran to hide

牋牋牋牋牋?It washed their dreams away, and their spirit died.


牋牋牋牋牋?Then a silence stole across the land

牋牋牋牋牋?The drums of war were hushed forever

牋牋牋牋牋?But in the starlight on the barren plains

牋牋牋牋牋?The cry of Gabrial flies on the wind.



The Last Battle is recorded on the album In the Kind Land