Upon construction
There is the mohawk
His way of walking
Quite high above the ground
Fearless of looking down, skywalk

Ever longer
Some people say that
The navajo know
A way of walking
Quite high above the ground
Fearless of looking down, oh no

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The Navajo Know Lyrics as written by Charles Thompson

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    General Commentthis part i'm sure of. In the building of the empire state buildings and other buildings, people used native americans because they were "fearless of looking down". now this part i'm not sure. i think frank is somewhat amazed by it. he probably wonders about what goes on in a navajo spirit.
    asknoquestionson July 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGah! I demand that this song be given attention! It's so pretty...
    CosmicWolfyon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentasknoquestions, that has to be exactly it! I can't believe I never saw that before in the lyrics.
    Putingradon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn NYC and other places, many Mohawks (nicknamed "Skywalkers") found work in the high-rise construction business... I've heard they were naturals at walking across narrow beams, placing one foot directly in front of the other.
    kshe95on November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, whenever this song starts playing. I think it's The Cure. It has that same sound to it or something.
    CapnCannibalon November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe opening drum always makes me confuse this with Wave of Mutilation for the first few seconds, but then that SOUND...I can't even describe it...and I instantly know what song it is.
    ROBRAM89on December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow, I never really read the lyrics before, but I guess it is about high-rise construction and all that jazz.

    I just remember seeing this thing on the history channel in which there were these huge deserts in which native americans (I believe) had etched very large patterns into the sand. They had constructed air balloons and royalty would fly up into the sky and look at the artwork etched into the sand. (I watched this a very long time ago, correct me since I'm probably very wrong)


    "the navajo know
    a way of walking
    quite high above the ground
    fearless of looking down"

    Made me think of that. Although the first line "Upon construction" and "skywalk" kind of gives it away that it's about high-rise construction.
    Audaciousmooseon April 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the curiously romantic way it's described (along with the music) that makes it seem almost as if he's describing a supernatural act, but then he goes,
    "Oh no!" at the end, which makes me laugh, because it's like he's literally pulling us back down to earth.
    Gravity always wins my friend - just ask Thom Yorke lol.
    The Distortedon May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has the weirdest chord progression ever...
    ENEPon September 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the indians who worked on skyscrapers in the early part of the century. They had an amazing skill for balance

    "About mohicans who work on construction sites. They are amazing. 'Navajo' is here for the rhyme only" - Frank Black
    igotfakeidon June 11, 2008   Link

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