Peacepipe

Peacepipe

Whatever happened to the river?
It used to flow by here so clear
Whatever happened to the rain?
It did not used to burn your skin.

Whatever happened to the people?
They lived at peace upon the land.
Whatever happened to the tipis?
It’s right here where they used to stand.

Two hands that hold the pipe to the spirit.
Four winds blow the answer, can you hear it?

Whatever happened to the prairie?
It once was the buffaloes’ domain
They were shot down and buried.
Right down below these fields of grain.

Whatever happened to the nations?
That were wiped out by cannon balls.
Whatever happened to the drum beats?
That echoed through these canyon walls.

Two hands that hold the pipe to the spirit.
Four winds blow the answer, can you hear it?

© 1992 or so