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Cherokee

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The killed the coyote in the blink of an eye

Now he don't run, and he don't fly

They left his bones for the desert to dry

Still deep in the night you can hear his cry

 

Singing, who'll set it straight and send the Indians home

Who will un-pave the roads where the buffalo roamed

Would you march to see that your true colors were shown

If you hadn't got no place to call your own

 

Well, it's hard luck

It's hard luck Cherokee

And I'm your native son 

And so is he

Just one little lesson 

For your children to teach

And it's hard luck

It's hard luck Cherokee

 

Would you curse the day and say they did you wrong

If you couldn't hear the beating of the drum

Or remember the words to your Daddy's song

And it's sure as you're born, boy as soon as you're gone

 

Well, it's hard luck

It's hard luck Cherokee

And I'm your native son 

And so is he

Just one little lesson 

For your children to teach

And it's hard luck

It's hard luck Cherokee

 

Have you ever heard the sound of a grown mans cry

To the sound of a hundred politicians lies

Their empty promises buried in the sand

You wonder just how long they'll keep us from our land

 

And now it's five generations of reservations and chains

For the sake of progress and the sake of change

But that coyote he still runs in me

And that coyote sings it's hard luck Cherokee

 

Well, it's hard luck

It's hard luck Cherokee

And I'm your native son 

And so is he

Just one little lesson 

For your children to teach

And it's hard luck

It's hard luck Cherokee

 

(c) 2014

Matt Cox/ASCAP

 

 

 

Matt Cox

Since 2003, singer/songwriter Matt Cox (Omaha, NE) has been recording and performing across the United States both as a solo artist, and with an ever-changing lineup of the area’s top talent. The Shenandoah, IA, native (childhood home of the Everly Brothers) blends traditions of country, rock, folk, blues, Tex-Mex, gospel and soul, with his signature road-worn vocals, guitar & harmonica. A seven-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner (Best Blues 2008, Best Country/Americana 2009-2014, and Album Of The Year 2018, High Places).

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