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The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)


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The Struggle for land: Dispossession, journeys, occupation, eviction


Lyrics: Érlon Péricles
(Translated by Bernard McGuirk)


Mother, land

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I only want a little plot
To plant
The future of the nation,
For whoever's oh so tiny,
And just wants to see
A splendid plantation.
The people clamours after you,
Ever onwards
In procession on the road,
Protect the trek
Of these folk
In their quest
For a plot of land.
Motherland, pardon
So much strife in your name
So much hatred, so much starving,
So much heart-felt pain.
Motherland, if only
We might live in peace,
To share the harvest
Of the fruits you reap.

I just want land to plant.

This song is from the CD Songs Embracing Dreams

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November 2002

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