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A Follower, A Fighter

from Pale White Branches by Andrew Howie

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lyrics

They ruled the oval, Māori brothers up in arms
Kinship and colours, silver blades in their palms
All Blacks forever, they fought fierce, no backing down
Young ones with old wounds in a broken town

In class we learnt their war dance to scare our enemies
At lunch they fought with those they’d danced, hidden by the trees
We walked their war zone, but the war wasn’t ours
Pens and blades, swings and bars
Pens and blades, swings and bars

A god of the forest, Tane across from me
A follower, a fighter, he fell by the trees
We lined the windows as they flew him away
Silence deafening, after sirens too late

In class we learnt their war dance to scare our enemies
At lunch they fought with those they’d danced, hidden by the trees
We walked their war zone, but the war wasn’t ours
Pens and blades, swings and bars
Pens and blades, swings and bars

Once were warriors got sons at the gate
The looked after children lived next to our place
No one to wait for, detours they roamed
A house divided doesn’t make a home

In class we learnt their war dance to scare our enemies
At lunch they fought with those they’d danced, hidden by the trees
We walked their war zone, but the war wasn’t ours
Pens and blades, swings and bars
Pens and blades, swings and bars
Pens and blades, swings and bars

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from Pale White Branches, released June 22, 2021
By Hannah Graham and Andrew Howie

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Andrew Howie Scotland, UK

Andrew Howie is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & community music tutor who has been writing, recording and releasing his own music for over two decades.

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