"Blue Indian" as written by and Hermann Bell....
Oh, Pappy left a chair like he's still sittin' there
Once I almost saw him make his move
Brave Indian who never changes his mood
In a painting on the wall right there

Oh, how long 'til the morning wakes
Oh, how long 'til the medicine takes

Oh, Sally buffalo in the apartment just below
Just a bein' without a care
Oh, children from my brood they come and bring me food
Maybe open up a window for air

Oh, just now I smell the cornbread bake
Oh, now, now, now I feel the medicine take

Just like home
Where the stray dogs go through it all
Still right here, still just here,
Brave little friend

Well, we got a party goin' on many spirits strong
Ain't preacher just a happy to meet ya
Half a bottle 'neath the bed keep our spirits fed
My hat's off to you, to you and you

And now our brave friends, too, dancing circles through the room
And a broom and a radio and a twistin out a dos-e-do
Brand new day, the whole world's goin'
Whole room's goin' so

Just now, don't hesitate (hesitate)
Oh, taste the morning break (morning break)
Sweet, sweet, young honeycomb (honeycomb)
On, now, now, now just like home (just like home)

Oh, just like, just like home
Where the stray dogs go
Oh, oh, rest my bones
Like a fresh skipped stone to it all

Still right here, still just here,
Still just here, brave, brave friend


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"Blue Indian" as written by Hermann Bell

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    General Commentthis is by far my favorite wsp song. this is my take on it: he's on the road, traveling, touring whatever and is homesick. he thinks of these memories (pappy, sally), trying to get through the day (waiting for morning) and uses drugs to escape (medicine).
    smelling the cornbread bake = he's starting to get high
    then in goes "still right here, brave friend": that's his conscience or whatever telling him "you're still not at home, even though you feel good, brave little friend: him, for taking these chances with drugs for nothing
    so then he's all fucked up and partying and is happy with all these other people who are "self-medicating" for loneliness or unhappiness...or whatever
    then morning comes, and everyone always feels better in the morning cause it's a fresh start, new day, etc., but he's "still right here"

    i don't know, maybe i'm crazy. i guess that's just what it means for me
    BeYourOwnGirlon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song was inspired by Todd Nance regarding a painting of he saw of an old indian with no expression on his face.

    It is laced with meaning, though.
    LeadReporteron July 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI feel the beauty of songs, and art in general, is that despite the intended meaning of the artist the song can take new meanig through others interpretations

    It seems to me that this song is about a old, or sick dying man on his death bed. The morning being his impending death.

    "Oh, Sally buffalo in the apartment just below
    a bein' without a care
    Oh, children from my brood they come and bring me food
    Maybe open up a window for air"

    I think this is talking about his children visiting him caring for him, but not providing much else for him.
    freeleighon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's what I see. Someone lying in bed waiting to die.

    His children come cook for him and bring him food.

    "Oh, children from my brood they come and bring me food
    Maybe open up a window for air"

    The morphine pump.

    "Oh, just now I smell the cornbread bake
    Oh, now, now, now I feel the medicine take"

    He's being fed through an IV bottle

    "Half a bottle 'neath the bed keep our spirits fed
    My hat's off to you, to you and you"

    The spirits are here wanting to take him away


    "And now our brave friends, too, dancing circles through the room
    And a broom and a radio and a twistin out a dos-e-do"

    He's ready to go


    "Oh, just like, just like home
    Where the stray dogs go
    Oh, oh, rest my bones
    Like a fresh skipped stone to it all"

    But his time did not come yet...he is still there


    "Still right here, still just here,
    Still just here, brave, brave friend"






    jugheadchadon January 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI Always think he's waiting for his trip to kick in, the party is the show, then u peak and get a little scared then JB sooths u and lets us know he'll always b there
    grateflmomon July 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentEver notice they always wait until RIGHT when the "medicine is about to take" (peak) to sing this? Gets us Spread Heads moving.
    RadioChildon May 28, 2013   Link

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