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"Our Own Nation"

​BRITISH IMPERIALIST:
I say look at the elephants. I love India!

INDIAN NATIONALIST:
Of course you do.

BRITISH:
Would you put another ice cube in my gin and tonic, there?
Someone call for a Sepoy.
Hey hey hey. Colonizing Africa and India was brilliant.
We'll be here for the rest of our lives.

INDIAN:
No you won't.
I really miss our India.
I mean the one we had before the British came and took over,
And tried to make us some sort of colony.
What is a colony? We're our own nation.
We're big. And there's a lot of things going on,
A lot of disagreements sometimes.
But we are who we are. We are India.

Why won't the British just let us be?
They've been holding us down, now we want to be free.
Thought we had a shot at the Sepoy Mutiny,
But it failed, Britain prevailed.
Well, as you can see,
They don't want a revolution or to see us get more.
A million volunteers for the Great World War.
We still couldn't get the respect we asked for,
What's the best way for us to settle the score?

BRITISH:
Well, you ought to get involved with the government.

INDIAN:
We can't organize; I bet the British are loving it.
There's two groups with the same purpose,

BRITISH:
But their differences cause trouble beneath the surface.
It's religion, and when they disagree,
You can't work together so you can't get free.

INDIAN:
Well, one day we're going to be equal,
We've got this guy Gandhi...

BRITISH:
Ahhh what could he do?

INDIAN:
We are India - let us free!
We don't want to be another colony.

BRITISH:
We want your people, we want your gold.

INDIAN:
You cannot control land that you stole.

BRITISH:
We're going to take hold.

INDIAN:
No - we'll build our nations
And break from this imperialism we're facing.
So have patience.
'Cause we're going to break from this imperialism we're facing.

INDIAN:
Gandhi was our Mahatma.

BRITISH:
A problem.

INDIAN:
With non-violence he STILL got the job done.

BRITISH:
Well with those hunger strikes, he was starving.

INDIAN:
That was easy for him; making change was the hard thing.

BRITISH:
We'll put him in prison, we'll lock him in a vault.

INDIAN:
We'll walk to the ocean and make our own salt.
We'll do anything to gain independence;
After World War II your rule's finished!

BRITISH:
You and your civil disobedience.

INDIAN:
Your India? We'll quit, we don't believe in it.

BRITISH:
Fine, we'll split you up, according to belief,
You can be independent, but you're probably going to beef.

INDIAN:
Yeah, Pakistan's created but we're going to disagree,
Over who should get land and how to be free.
And in the midst of this going on,
We had the assassination of Gandhi.

INDIAN:
We are India - let us free!
We don't want to be another colony.

BRITISH:
We want your people, we want your gold.

INDIAN:
You cannot control land that you stole.

BRITISH:
We're going to take hold.

INDIAN:
No - we'll build our nations
And break from this imperialism we're facing.
So have patience.
'Cause we're going to break from this imperialism we're facing.

AFRICAN NATIONALIST:
And who are these people that came over to Africa,
And tried to just carve it up?
Use it for our people and our natural resources,
Get on out of here man. We're going to do our own thing.

It's time for Africa to claim independence,
The strain that we've had to maintain is tremendous.

IMPERIALIST:
First to step up?

AFRICAN:
Kwame Nkrumah.

IMPERIALIST:
I heard about his revolution,
But I thought it was a rumor.
But when our colony was turned into Ghana.

AFRICAN:
It's our land! Not the king's any longer,
And now its time to wear a new armor.
Revolution from Algeria to Uganda,

IMPERIALIST:
But in the Congo when Belgium left,

AFRICAN:
We dealt with lots of deaths & civil unrest,
But maybe nothing could equal the stress,
That our neighbors down south had to go through, yes.

IMPERIALIST:
In South Africa, we see Apartheid,
The land was split up by race.

AFRICAN:
It was a dark time,
Until you met Mandela.

IMPERIALIST:
We put him in prison,

AFRICAN:
But we still stand together.

AFRICAN:
We are Africa - let us free!
We don't want to be another colony.

IMPERIALIST:
We want your people, we want your gold.

AFRICAN:
You cannot control land that you stole.

IMPERIALIST:
We're going to take hold.

AFRICAN:
No - we'll build our nations,
And break from the imperialism we're facing.
So have patience.
'Cause we're going to break from this imperialism we're facing.