I am the Other's Other - Single

by Karl Sanden

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I wrote this song as a final project for one of my UBC courses, which dealt with issues of policy and social justice in the educational system. We spent many hours discussing Aboriginal education in BC, and the extent to which policy is helpful to teachers. Often these documents seem so disconnected from the issues facing those working in the field, and this song has helped me to bridge this gap.

More of my thoughts on this topic at



Step back and consider
Your role in this place
Where did you learn it?
Were your eyes trained to see?
Your awareness was built there
By your family tree

Were you always this selfless?
Though selfless you seem
Is that part consistent?
Or is it what you became?
He sees all the pieces
Now set them in frame

I am the Other’s “Other”
But am I free to just be me?

Step into this story
Cast off from your fears
Although they defend you
They wall off your mind
The folder is open
Take courage, declare

I am the Other’s “Other”
But am I free to just be me?

Fly out, see past your disguise
Your spirit is tied to your eyes

Give them tools for their choices
So that choice may be free
When they walk out your door
Their hope they foresee
When they walk out your door
Their hope they do see


released January 3, 2015
Words and music by Karl Sanden.
Percussion, mandolin, accordion, synth, and vocals performed by Karl Sanden.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Karl Sanden at his home studio in Vancouver, BC.
Produced by Karl Sanden.
Album art by Karl Sanden.



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