Big Foot

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Johnny Cash

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned many other … more »

But the land was already claimed by a people When the cowboy came and when the soldiers came
The story of the American Indian is in a lot of ways
A story of tragedy, like that day at Wounded Knee, South Dakota

Big Foot was an Indian chief
Of the Minneconjou band
A band of Minneconjou Sioux
From South Dakota land

Big Foot said to Custer "Stay away from Crazy Horse"
But Custer crossed into Sioux land
And he never came back across 
Then Big Foot led his people To a place called Wounded Knee
And they found themselves surrounded By the 7th Cavalry 
Big chief Big Foot
Rise up from your bed Minneconjou babies cry
For their mothers lying dead

Big Foot was down with a fever When he reached Wounded Knee
And his people all were prisoners Of the 7th Cavalry 
Two hundred women and children And another hundred men Raised up a white flag of peace But peace did not begin 
An accidental gunshot
And Big Foot was first to die
And over the noise of the rifles You could hear the babies cry

Big chief Big Foot
It's good that you can't see Revenge is being wrought
By Custer's 7th Cavalry 
Then smoke hung over the canyon On that cold December day
All was death and dying Around where Big Foot lay
 Farther on up the canyon Some had tried to run and hide
But death showed no favorites Women, men, and children died

One side called it a massacre The other a victory But the white flag is still waving Today at Wounded Knee

Big chief Big Foot
Your Minneconjou band
Is more than remembered here
In South Dakota land

Written by: JOHNNY R. CASH


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