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
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?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.