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Johnny Cash The Talking Leaves - YouTube

Native American Song By Johnny Cash, also Native American Pencil Drawings By Willow

FORDF250HDXLT, Jul 22, 2017
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      “The Talking Leaves” appears on Johnny Cash’s twentieth album Bitter Tears: Ballads of American Indians recorded in 1964.

      ” By the time I actually recorded the album I carried a heavy load of sadness and outrage. I felt every word of those songs… I meant every word, too. I was long past the point of pulling my punches. the final result was an album of protest ballads, the ‘Indians side of the story'”

      - Johnny Cash.

      Sequoia's winters were sixteen
      Silent tongue spirit clean
      He walked at his father's side
      Across the smoking battle ground
      Where red and white men lay all around
      So many here had died

      The wind had scattered around
      Snow white leaves upon the ground
      Not leaves like leaves from trees
      Sequoia said, "What can this be?"
      "What's the strange thing here I see?"
      "From where come leaves like these?"

      Sequoia turned to his father's eyes
      And he said, "Father you're wise
      From where come such snow white leaves
      With such strange marks upon these squares
      Not even the wise owl could put them there
      So strange these snow white leaves"

      His father shielding his concern
      Resenting the knowledge Sequoia yearned
      Crumbled the snow white leaves
      He said, "When I explain then it's done
      These are talking leaves, my son
      The white men's talking leaves"

      The white man takes a berry of black and red
      And an eagle's feather from the eagle's bed
      And he makes bird track marks
      And the marks on the leaves they say
      Carry messages to his brother far away
      And his brother knows what's in his heart

      They see these marks and they understand
      The truth in the heart of the far off man
      The enemies can't hear them
      Said Sequoia's father, "Son
      They weave bad medicine on these talking leaves
      Leave such things to them"

      Then Sequoia walking lightly
      Followed his father quietly
      But so amazed was he
      If the white man talks on leaves
      Why not the Cherokee?

      Vanished from his father's face
      Sequoia went from place to place
      But he could not forget
      Year after year he worked on and on
      Till finally he cut into stone
      The Cherokee alphabet

      Sequoia's hair by now was white
      His eyes began to lose their light
      But he taught all who would believe
      That the Indian's thoughts could be written down
      Just as the white men's there on the ground
      And he left us these talking leaves
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