Original lyrics as performed by Marvin Rainwater in 1959/60:

THE PALE FACED INDIAN

w & m by John D Loudermilk
1960 Cedarwood Publ Co

(spoken:)
They took away the whole Cherokee nation
And put us on this reservation.

(sung:)
They took away our way of life
Our tomahawk and huntin' knife
And the old teepee we all loved so
They're using now just for a show
They put our papoose in a crib
and took the buck skin from our rib
And they took away our native tongue
and taught their English to our young

Hiya, hiya, ho! Hiya hi, hiya ho!
Hiya, hiya, Hiya ho!

Altho' they changed our ways of old
They'll never change our heart and soul
And tho' I wear a white man's tie
I'll be a red man till I die

All the beads we made by hand
are nowadays made in Japan

(source Country Hall of Fame No4 John D Loudermilk)

Later lyrics, changed:

LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE RESERVATION INDIAN
a.k.a. INDIAN RESERVATION

w& m by John D. Loudermilk
1963-1967-1971 Acuff-Rose Publ Inc.

They took the whole Cherokee Nation
Put us on this reservation
Took away our way of life
Tomahawk and the bow and knife
They took away our native tongue
Taught their English to our young
And all our beads we made by hand
Are nowadays made in Japan

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe
So proud you lived, so proud you died

They took the whole Indian Nation
Put us on this reservation
Big built houses by the score
Won't need teepees anymore
Although they've changed our ways of old
They'll never change our hearts and souls
And someday, when the world has learned
Cherokee Indian will return

(source: Standard Songs Pop/ Country/ Blues/ Folk/ Instumentals/ Novelty, Acuff-Rose Publications Inc. 1956-1973)

Hit versions: Don Fardon, Paul Revere & Raiders
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