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Ghost Dance

Robbie Robertson
Language: English


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[1994]
Lyrics & Music by Jaime Robert Klegerman and James Wilson
Album: Music For The Native Americans

Musicfornativeamericans



The Ghost Dance was a ceremony for the regeneration of the earth, and, subsequently, the restoration of the earth's caretakers to their former life of bliss. Not surprisingly, the religion experienced its height of popularity during the late 19th century, when devastation to the buffalo, the land, and its Native American guardians was at its peak. Between 1888 and 1890, various tribes sent emissaries to a man named Wovoka, who claimed to be a visionary, and who was hailed as a Messiah by many desperate Indian nations. Wovoka maintained that Spirits had shown him certain movements and songs after he had died for a short period of time. In a manner reminiscent of Christ, Wovoka preached non-violence, and most tribes abandoned their war-like ways in preparation for future happiness...

When in this world you are defeated, then you'll be dreaming of paradise in another world. OR you'll be dreaming of divine intervention or of the dead in this world to do justice and fix things up. "Religion is just the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation", as Karl Marx said.

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Crow has brought the message
to the Children of the Sun
for the return of the Buffalo
and for a better day to come

You can kill my body
You can damn my soul
for not believing in your god
and some world down below

You don't stand a chance
against my prayers
You don't stand a chance
against my love
They outlawed the Ghost Dance
but we shall live again,
we shall live again

My sister above
She has red paint
She died at Wounded Knee
like a later day saint

You got the big drum in the distance
blackbird in the sky
That's the sound that you hear
when the buffalo cry

You don't stand a chance
against my prayers
You don't stand a chance
against my love
They outlawed the Ghost Dance
but we shall live again,
we shall live again

Crazy Horse was a mystic
He knew the secret of the trance
And Sitting Bull the great apostle
of the Ghost Dance

Come on Comanche
Come on Blackfoot
Come on Shoshone
Come on Cheyenne

We shall live again

Come on Arapaho
Come on Cherokee
Come on Paiute
Come on Sioux

We shall live again

Contributed by giorgio - 2012/9/18 - 17:05



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