The Six Best Songs About Manifest Destiny For Thanksgiving

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4. Manowar - "Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee"
Manowar's variation in this theme, "Spirit Horse Of The Cherokee" is slightly more successful, if only because the band's version of Dungeons & Dragons metal fits well with Native American mysticism. Also, the song starts with a minute and a half of chants and flute, which is a minute and twenty seconds too long but respectable in its commitment.

3. The Stampeders - "Then Came The White Man"
"Then Came The White Man" by The Stampeders is not only a fantastic slice of nearly-forgotten nearly-psychedelic pop, the chords and melody of its chorus are nearly identical to "Don't Fear The Reaper," which came out five years later.

2. Iron Maiden - "Run To The Hills"
I am not enough of a metal historian to know whether or not Iron Maiden invented what we now know as "the gallop," wherein a guitar plays a palm-muted "chug-chiga-chug" rhythm that simulates a horse trotting. I do know that in "Run To The Hills," Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson (speaking of "Don't Fear The Reaper"...) actually says the word "gallop" while the guitars are galloping, which is pretty awesome. The "galloping" Dickinson refers to is a horseback ass-hauling to get away from the pilgrims who are raping women, killing old people, and turning youngins into slaves. Apparently, they're also selling them whiskey. The lyrics aren't brilliant reflections on Native American plight, but it just so happens that "Run To The Hills" is one of Maiden's sweetest jams and probably the band's best vocal-heavy song.

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