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Subject: Lyr Add: DRUMS (Peter La Farge, from Johnny Cash)
From: Felipa
Date: 02 Jul 16 - 11:34 AM

Words and music by Peter La Farge
As recorded by Johnny Cash on "Bitter Tears: Johnny Cash Sings Ballads of the American Indian" (1964)

From the Indian reservation to the governmental school,
Well, they're goin' to educate me to the white man's Golden Rule,
And I'm learning very quickly for I've learned to be ashamed,
And I come when they call Billy, though I've got an Indian name.

CHORUS: And there are drums beyond the mountain,
Indian drums that you can't hear.
There are drums beyond the mountain,
And they're getting mighty near.

And when they think that they've changed me, cut my hair to meet their needs,
Will they think I'm white or Indian, quarter-blood or just half-breed?
Let me tell you, Mr. Teacher, when you say you'll make me right,
In five hundred years of fighting, not one Indian turned white. CHORUS

Well, you thought that I knew nothin' when you brought me here to school,
Just another empty Indian, just America's first fool,
But now I can tell you stories that are burnt and dried and old,
But in the shadow of their telling walks the thunder proud and bold. CHORUS

Lone Pine(?) and Sequoyah, Handsome Lake and Sitting Bull,
There's Mangus Colorado with his sleeves so red and full,
Crazy Horse, the legend, those who bit off Custer's soul,
They are dead yet they are living with the great Geronimo. CHORUS

Well, you may teach me this land's history but we taught it to you first.
We broke your hearts and bent your journeys; broken treaties left us cursed.
Even now you have to cheat us, even though you think us tame.
In our losing, we found proudness; in your winning, you found shame. CHORUS

for sheet music see Scroll down and look up issue #44

look and listen: Floyd Red Crow Westerman performing 'DRUMS'

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