Indian Reservation (John D. Loudermilk)

“Indian Reservation” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Indian Reservation” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: John D. Loudermilk.
Tune: John D. Loudermilk.


They took the whole Cherokee Nation
And put us on this reservation
They took away our ways of life
The tomahawk and the bow and knife

They put our papoose in a crib
And took the buckskin from our rib
They took away our native tongue
And taught their English to our young

Cherokee people,
Cherokee tribe,
So proud to live,
So proud, you die.

They took the whole Indian Nation,
And locked us on this reservation.
Our songs and dances, we loved so,
They’re using now just for a show.
And all the beads we made by hand
Are nowadays made in Japan.
And ’though I wear a white man’s tie,
I’ll be a red man ’til I die.

Cherokee people,
Cherokee tribe,
So proud to live,
So proud, you die.

Oh, they changed our ways of old.
Want to change our heart and soul.
But maybe someday when they’ve learned,
The Cherokee Nation will return.

Cherokee people,
Cherokee tribe,
So proud to live,
So proud, you die.

Oh, they changed our ways of old.
They want to change our heart and soul.
And maybe someday when they’ve learned,
The Cherokee Nation will return—
Will return—
Will return—
Will return—
Will return.


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