Mitchell, Joni - Lakota Lyrics




I am Lakota!
Lakota!
Looking at money man--
Diggin' the deadly quotas--
Out of balance--
Out of hand
We want the land!
Lay down the reeking ore!
Don't you hear the shrieking in the trees?
Everywhere you touch the earth--she's sore
Every time you skin her all things weep
Your money mocks us--
Restitution--what good can it do?--
Kennelled in metered boxes
Red dogs in debt to you

I am Lakota!
Lakota!
Fighting among ourselves
All we can say with one whole heart
Is we won't sell--
No we'll never sell
We want the land!
The lonely coyote calls
In the woodlands--footprints of the deer
In the barrooms--poor drunk bastard falls
In the courtrooms--deaf ears--sixty years
You think we're sleeping--but
Quietly like rattlesnakes and stars
We have seen the trampled rainbows
In the smoke of cars

I am Lakota
Brave
Sun pity me
I am Lakota
Broken
Moon pity me
I am Lakota
Grave
Shadows stretching
Lakota
Oh pity me
I am Lakota
Weak
Grass pity me
I am Lakota
Faithful
Rocks pity me
I am Lakota
Meek
Standing water
Lakota
Oh pity me

I am Lakota!
Lakota!
Standing on sacred land
We never sold these Black Hills
To the missile-heads--
To the power plants
We want the land!
The bullet and the fence--broke Lakota
The black coats and the booze--broke Lakota
Courts that circumvent--choke Lakota
Nothing left to lose
Tell me grandfather
You spoke the fur and feather tongues--
Do you hear the whimpering waters
When the tractors come?

[Repeat Chorus]

Sun pity me
Mother earth
Mother
Moon pity me
Father sky
Father
Shadows
Stretching on the forest floor
Mother earth
Oh pity me
Father sky
Father
Grass pity me
Mother earth
Mother
Rocks pity me
Father sky
Father
Water
Standing in a wakan manner
Mother earth
Oh pity me





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Mitchell, Joni Lakota Comments
  1. A2Z83

    So has anyone confirmed that the chanting is just random gibberish

    Tim McCarthy

    A2Z83.....She's not "pretending" anything here....I would say it is not "just random gibberish".....but in the music world, it is called "backup "vocals" ...In the ancient world of songs of Native Americans, like as in the Lakota tribe..there are... sometimes, parts of the Song that is not "words", but a voice singing a simple melody, to accent the words....as in the ancient Sun Dance Piercing Song, one of the most Sacred songs they sing in the Sun Dance.......much of it is no "words" at all...so don't judge....She was good friends with the O'yate , and spent time with them on the Rez, that is why she felt compelled do to write this song on their behalf....She is also a good friend of the famous, great singer songwriter Buffy Saint Marie, who loved her and her music, promoting it all over, back in the day, she gave her first demo tape around till Joni got snapped up by a producer , and the rest, is history...

    A2Z83

    @Tim McCarthy im wondering because it was confirmed the guy was singing gibberish

    Elizabeth deVries

    There is no gibberish here. That is in your own mind.

    Elizabeth deVries

    Your comment is degrading and ignorant. Unless you want to continue to show your ignorance, you might want to stop these kinds of comments about "gibberish".

    Cynthia Allaire

    @Tim McCarthy From the video description, that's "Iron Eyes Cody (voz introductoria)" - maybe you can check with that knowledge.

  2. Mick Kelly

    I don't like to discriminate between Joni's albums but it always hurt when others would put Chalk Mark down as one of her weakest because it never was. It's a ruly great album. Lakota digs itself into our earth.

  3. PETER ROBERTS

    5:43 Manu Katche genius fill

    Martin Kubuš

    Yeah, typical Manu, all over :)

  4. Spirit Angelfish

    Chalk Mark is actually my favorite Joni album.

    lylajean100

    Spirit Angelfish same!

  5. Scott Loiselle

    To me, the technology is irrelevant. Whether layers of synths, or (say) just a single hand drum with vocals. If the music and message evokes an emotional response, it transcends craft, and becomes art. Like this song. I _feel_ when I listen to this. Thank you not only Joni, but all the others too (players, recording engineers, producers, etc.).

    TheSoundgod59

    Yes Joni takes you somewhere with this one. Liked your gratitude to the players and production personnel. This record is filled with the best of best as far as players, engineers, mixers, and of course Joni produced the album with her husband, the great Larry Klein. I am thankful for them all, especially Joni's one-in-a-billion talent.

  6. Bill Maddox

    Thanks for reminding me just how brilliant Joni is.

  7. adysaxman77

    Vonderbar!

  8. Nancy Bisset

    Joni sings right to your heart.  :-)   Such healing happens immediately. :-)    

  9. alfredo reinaldo Alberto

    From one of her masterpieces.Thank you Heraclito05! for share it .I'm waiting to get a good upload of SNAKES AND LADDERS.