Flaming Arrows (by Casey Neill)

11 Jul

The coyote lifts her head and the deer’s ears are pricked

Over the forests and the cities and the plains.

Our brothers caught in the trap they set,

Oh do you know his name?

 

The defenders of the leviathan from the sting of the harpoon,

Friend of the wild fox hunted by the red cocoons,

To the children of earth they strike their blows,

But they cannot stop these wild seeds to grow.

We are howling out of the cages,

In the arms of eternity my soul enrages.

My heart is crying, my spirit is on fire,

I’ve unleashed my demons and armed my desire.

 

Aim high, Air true

I shoot these flaming arrows for you

I———–shoot these flaming arrows for you

I———–shoot these flaming arrows for you

 

With a bullet and a bible, they came for the tribes,

Fighting to keep their traditions alive,

Trying to keep the young ones off drugs and alcohol,

Their mission franchise children with their backs up against the wall

backs up against the wall.

 

Cry freedom for the lynx.

Cry freedom for the minks.

Cry freedom for the wild ones driven to the brink.

For this we will fight until they cease,

Until all the animals and political prisoners have been released.

We are howling out of the cages,

In the arms of eternity my soul enrages.

My heart is crying, my spirit is on fire,

I’ve unleashed my demons and armed my desire.

 

Aim high, Air true

I shoot these flaming arrows for you

I———–shoot these flaming arrows for you

I———–shoot these flaming arrows for you

 

 

This song incites activism through its portrayal of a war between animal rights activists and animal

oppressors. The flaming arrows being shot are symbolic of the chant itself, as well as the direct

action protests that result from the energy created by the song’s refrain.

 

It is equally important to note that the issues of indigenous people’s rights and political prisoner’s

wrongful imprisonment are also addressed in this song. The first two lines of the fifth stanza and the

last line of the sixth stanza draw the connection between the extinction of animals and the extinction

of native culture and free speech in America. These two issues are also of great concern to the eco-

punk movement, though are rarely addressed.

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