As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
We first knew you as a fee-ble tree that needed a place to grow.
Words & Music by Twilo Scofield, 1977
We could have trod you under our feet,
But we taught you the ways that we know.
As long as the sun will shine,
As long as the ri-vers may flow,
As long as the moon will rise,
As long as the grass shall grow.
Good words and broken promises, you gave, and we trusted you.
You came to live in peace, you said, and that's all that we wanted too.
You lit our lodges for your campfires, in the ashes left dust and blood.
We thought half our land would satisfy you, but we found that it never would.
You left us like birds with broken wings, all scattered like stones on the ground.
But in silent fields and pathless woods, our dreams and our spirits are found.
For we have known when the forests were free, and the wind spirits roamed our land,
And everything that was needed for life, we took with a gentle hand.
The sky is round and the earth is round, and the sun and the stars and the moon.
The seasons all move in a circle too, and our spring will come again soon.
(Note from Moses -
Steve Lussier, a 4th grade teacher, used this song with his students as they studied Native Americans. He kindly shared the song with me!)
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