"Ghost Dance" as written by Robbie Robertson and William James Wilson....
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


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"Ghost Dance" as written by William James Wilson Robbie Robertson

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    General CommentI love this song. Everyone should have it, it's amazing, really.

    Anyway this is about how the aboriginals of north america have been oppressed by the settlers from europe over the centuries, and how even though they have suffered through assimilation attempts, genocide, and having little or no voice to defend themselves against the government, their culture still lives on. Also it's just a nice song to dance to.
    corpseboyon October 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOk while the first interpratation of this song is very broad, knowing of what the ghost dance's message and history was it helps with the song.
    The Ghost dance, at least the last one which was the most widespread, spread all across the west, it said that a messaih had come to the whites and they had killed him. He was going to come again to his red children and an apocolypic event would come and wipe the white man off the continent and restore the earth to the way it was before they came. the dead ancestors would also rise and walk again. To a demoralized people this was a hope for salvation. As I recall crazy horse never participated in a ghost dance and died before he knew of it. Wounded Knee occured because of a ghost dance the Souix were ordered to stop dancing and refused so the us army came out and massacred them. The ghost dance like so many other parts of the native religons of this country were made illiegal whiuch is strange since in the bill of rights everyone is entitled to practice their own religon. There is almost no page of European-NativeAmerican history where the europeans are not responsible for the blood shed.
    riderofwaveson December 09, 2006   Link

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