transcription from jonimitchell.com


Lakota

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell
Tuning: AAEGCE   "Joni" Tuning: A 12 7354

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I am Lakota!  Lakota!


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looking at money man


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Digging the deadly quotas


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Out of balance, out of hand


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We want the land, lay down the reeking ore, don't you 
hear the shrieking in the trees?


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Everywhere you touch the earth she's sore
Every time you skin her all things


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weep, Your money mocks us, Restitution what good can it do?


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Kenneled in metered boxes, red dogs in debt to you


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2nd verse:

I am Lakota!
Lakota!
Fighting amongst ourselves
All we can say with one whole heart
Is we won't sell -
No we'll never sell
We want the land!
The lonely coyote calls
In the woodlands - footprints of the deer
In the barrooms - poor drunk bastard falls
In the courtrooms - deaf ears - sixty years
You think we're sleeping - but
Quietly like rattlesnakes and stars -
We have seen the trampled rainbows
In the smoke of cars

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Chorus:

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I am Lakota, Brave, Sun pity me


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I am Lakota, Broken, Moon pity me


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I am Lakota, Grave, Shadows stretching, Lakota


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Oh pity me


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I am Lakota, Weak, Grass pity me


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I am Lakota, Faithful, Rocks pity me


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I am Lakota, Meek, Standing water, Lakota


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Oh pity me


3rd verse:

I am Lakota!
Lakota!
Standing on sacred land
We never sold these Black Hills
To the missile-heads -
To the power plants
We want the land!
The bullet and the fence - broke Lakota
The black coats and the booze - broke Lakota
Courts that circumvent - choke Lakota
Nothing left to lose
Tell me grandfather
You spoke the fur and feather tongues -
Do you hear the whimpering waters
When the tractors come?


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Repeat chorus


Outtro:  

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Sun pity me


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Mother earth, Mother, Moon pity me


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Father sky, Father, Shadows, Stretching on the forest floor


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Mother earth, Oh pity me, 


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Father sky, Father, Grass pity me


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Mother earth, Mother, Rocks pity me


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Father sky, Father, Water, Standing in a wakan manner


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Mother earth, Oh pity me


[Repeat the outtro while fading out]


© 1988 Crazy Crow Music (BMI)

 

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