This song is a hymn to the suffering of the Cherokee nation
. In May 1838, ignoring earlier decisions of the Supreme Court, the American Government forcibly relocated the bulk of the tribe at gunpoint to what was later to become Oklahoma. At one point President Andrew Jackson remarked infamously, "Justice Marshall has made his decision. Let him enforce it."
Unsanitary conditions, the elements and marauding whites devastated the tribe's numbers, and some 4,000 died en route, many of the bodies being left unburied by the roadside on what became known as the "Trail Of Tears."
Alexander - London, England