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Written & Produced by Tony Zain
Co-production by Jasco Duende
Production Consultant: Mer Sal
Lead Vocals: Tony Zain
12 String Guitar: Tony Zain
Backing Vocals: Mer Sal & Tony Zain
Banjo: Tony Zain
Percussive Guitar Effect: Tony Zain
Keyboards: Mer Sal

Lyrics

T r a i l o f T e a r s By Tony Zain
("Nunna daul Tsuny" or "Trail where they cried")

Sold my soul for a piece of gold
From the Red Man this land I stole
Oh my God what had I done?
Brought out the greed in everyone

So these hills that we mine each day
Precious metals is our main stay
“Burn this Village,” some soldier said
“Let them die if their skin is red”

Oklahoma territory bound
Why does the trail circle round back around?
The coldest winter I’ve seen in years
Don’t take me down the trail “the Trail of Tears”
[chorus]
Trail of Tears only half a story told,
Trail of Tears, pale face needs his gold

One last Warrior make his a stand
[narrative]
He explained to the mounted soldiers as laid down his bow
“I am “Running Wolf,” we’re one with this land
Here my forefathers made their mark
One soldier grinned then shot him through
Shot him through heart

This is the “Trail Where They Cried”
Your history books will not describe
Thousands died in that freezing cold
Don’t feed the greed that will eat your soul

Trail of Tears listen to the wind
Trail of Tears Oh Great Spirit let them sing
Trail of Tears only half the story is told
Trail of Tears pale face needs his gold
Oh the things we do for gold ©Anthony “Zain” Aberdeen2010
Narrative
Gold, it is legend that a Native America boy who lived at the Smokey Mountains in the Northern Georgia Territory sold a single nugget to white trader. He was unaware that this seemingly innocent transaction would open the flood gates to one of America’s first major gold rushes. Gold was essential to a rapidly developing westernized fledgling nation. By way of the “Indian Removal Act of 1830,“ the US Government forced various tribes out of their native land, where generations of indigenous people once resided for thousands of years. Escorted by a division of the US Army, this recklessly planned exodus caused the entire migration to become lost in an unfamiliar wilderness as the onset of the winter of 1838 fell upon them. It is astonishing to find that most of us are unware of any detail of this monumentally shameful chapter of American History; unware until now