La Florida

by Four Families

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"La Florida" was written as a compassionate ode to our home state, Florida, in recognition of her 500th anniversary. While others celebrate the "discovery," we are moved by the understated reality of what the explorers initiated: the exploitation and destruction of natural resources, the uprooting and slaughter of entire communities of native people, the concept of ownership, greedy enterprise and more, all justified by a divinely ordained “right” to conquer. The concept was heavily inspired by conversations with Jim Draper, a Florida conservationist artist, during his "Feast of Flowers" project.

lyrics

Lyrics:

The night draped the sky in a gown
The stars, the blinking eyes of a crowd
Our weight, we sink into the earth
This state is losing its ground

Beware those sellin’ lies that there is one right way
An answer in disguise, oh hallowed be thy name
I thank the stars, the stars above
For nothing more than lighting up

Generations taking turns playing scenes from history’s chapters
With more polite versions of worn out characters
A conquered home, oh Florida
What they stole, they still take from us

It’s not your fault, forgive, oh Florida
We made the call to keep the ships docked
It’s not the floods that tear your soil up
It's the ones, the ones who lead us

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released April 17, 2013

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Four Families Jacksonville, Florida

Four Families is inspired by themes of cultural tradition, historical observations, and social connectivity.

Current Members:
Naarah Strokosch
Robi Rutenberg
Summer Wood

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