Canadian-born Buffy Sainte-Marie
is easily the most popular as well as the most controversial indigenous songwriter of her generation, but there is nothing controversial about this autobiographical ballad, the title track of her 1968 album, which sees her longing to return to her country roots. She did indeed enter higher education as in the song, earning a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts on academic merit and subsequently being awarded a number of honorary law degrees.
Running to 2 minutes 59 seconds, this uncharacteristically commercial and uptempo song which was released as a single on the Vanguard label didn't exactly set the charts alight, and deserved to at least make the Billboard top 50.
Alexander Baron - London, England