Gone to Bolivia

by Ben Sures

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The boy who walked Backwards through the snow by Ben Sures 2009 I’m the last full blood from Serpent River That’s what he told his daughter on the day that he died He kept asking about a moose and crossing some great river She did not know what he meant right to the last instant that her fingers closed his eyes The last full blood from Serpent River The boy who fooled the nuns and didn’t show the last of a kind there will be none left behind The boy who walked backwards through the snow As a child they dragged him, off to residential school Where they cut his hair and told him what language to speak But he and his buddies, would form secret huddles whisper the words of their mother tongue Be damned if the sisters come Be damned if they didn’t speak The last full blood from Serpent River The boy who fooled the nuns and didn’t show the last of a kind there will be none left behind The boy who walked backwards through the snow they let him home for the holidays, he swore to not return to the school and english syllables, killer of individuals, short haircuts for Indians not the man on the cross So he walked backwards through the snow, hid inside the treeline When the sisters came collecting, they were so unsuspecting He was there but he didn’t show The last full blood from Serpent River The boy who fooled the nuns and didn’t show the last of a kind there will be none left behind The boy who walked backwards through the snow Now that boy is an old man, he’s lying on his deathbed Speaking in a tongue the nuns would never understand I am the last full blood from Serpent river That’s what he told his daughter on the day that he died
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I worked really hard on this sort of travelogue album and it was a thrill working with Don Kerr as producer. Especially love all the back up vocal arrangements

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released November 1, 2014

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Ben Sures Edmonton, Alberta

Ben Sures sings in English, French and Spanish. Plays mostly folk meets roots meets world originals and and a few cover songs by Boubacar Traore, Los Zafiros and Blind Lemon Jefferson. He more recently has dabbled in electronic collaboration.

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