AMONG THE AMERICANS - Natalie Merchant

    dance to the sun
    a kiss to the earth
    embrace a stone

    come the small black book
    come the brandy cask
    one strange disease
    the well worded paper
    signed by the drunken
    hands of thieves

    and suddenly
    they were told to leave

    as the snake uncoiled on a road
    the length was eighty miles
    wagons' weary horses
    lead the feverish exiles
    barefoot in the early snow
    on a ridge
    where they beheld their home
    coarse and barren
    not the haven
    promised by the Father

    Jaksa Chula Harjo
    Jaksa Chula Harjo
    Jaksa Chula Harjo *

    the Red Sticks first and
    the Dancing Ghosts were
    pierced with arms of fire
    and the weeping widows
    left could not avenge
    so the Western Star manifest its will
    drove them clear into the Pacific O

    gone the way of flesh
    turned pale and died
    by your god's decree

    for he hated me

        * Cherokee name for Andrew Jackson the 7th president of the U.S.A.


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