Indian Sunset Lyrics - Elton John

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Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

As I awoke this evening with the smell of wood smoke clinging
Like a gentle cobweb hanging upon a painted tee pee
Oh I went to see my chieftain with my war lance and my woman
For he told us that the yellow moon would very soon be leaving
This I can't believe I said, I can't believe our warlord's dead
Oh he would not leave the chosen ones to the buzzards and the soldiers guns

Oh great father of the Iroquois ever since I was young
I've read the writing of the smoke and breast fed on the sound of drums
I've learned to hurl the tomahawk and ride a painted pony wild
To run the gauntlet of the Sioux, to make a chieftain's daughter mine

And now you ask that I should watch
The red man's race be slowly crushed
What kind of words are these to hear
From Yellow Dog whom white man fears

I take only what is mine Lord, my pony, my squaw, and my child
I can't stay to see you die along with my tribe's pride
I go to search for the yellow moon and the fathers of our sons
Where the red sun sinks in the hills of gold and the healing waters run

Trampling down the prairie rose leaving hoof tracks in the sand
Those who wish to follow me I welcome with my hands
I heard from passing renegades Geronimo was dead
He'd been laying down his weapons when they filled him full of lead

Now there seems no reason why I should carry on
In this land that once was my land I can't find a home
It's lonely and it's quiet and the horse soldiers are coming
And I think it's time I strung my bow and ceased my senseless running
For soon I'll find the yellow moon along with my loved ones
Where the buffaloes graze in clover fields without the sound of guns

And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold
And peace to this young warrior comes, with a bullet hole

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More Indian Whining | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/13/14

Germonimo filled full of lead as he was laying down his weapons? Maybe Bernie should have checked his history before he wrote that. Geronimo had long surrendered before his death and he spent his last days happily driving his Cadillac. People who believe the Apache, the Sioux, the Comanche were peaceful lovers of the earth and their fellow man should hear the tortured screams of their victims - Indian and white.

Beautiful song, beautiful lyrics | Reviewer: Pate | 4/13/12

I heard this song when it first came was beautiful then; and beautiful now. Our country was founded by our forefathers so we could be free. We never extended that freedom to our Indian brothers and sisters. Today, so many of us have a problem with immigrants....perhaps we should speak to the first Americans about that. I wonder, what would they have to say? I think Chief Joseph said it all: "I will fight no more forever." And Elton: "peace to this young warrior comes with a bullet's hole".

Indian Sunset worthy of praise | Reviewer: Daniel | 2/13/08

Indian Sunset is one of those Elton John songs I could listen to over and over again. The lyrics and music blend with a power worthy of praise and a brilliant screenplay that would be a box office smash! Who knows....someday. ~ Daniel

Madman Across the Airwaves | Reviewer: Yogi | 10/25/05

A true highlight of a dark and brooding album whihc still rates amongst E.J's best. A sad lamenting tribute to the Native American, which not only higlights Bernie Taupin's masterful lyrics, but the depth and genius of Elton John's ability to create modern music using the influences of classical effect. Perhaps the only flaw in this brilliant track is Bernie's reference to Geronimo's death. Historically, Geronimo died a broken man on a reservation, long after the last battle was fought by him. Perhaps it would have been more effective had he refferred back to the chieftain, Yellow Dog. A piece of billiance that should have been featured on his Melbourne Symphony Orchestra tour.

indian sunset | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/31/05

truely amazing, what an incredible song written by a true genius and composed by by a musical magician. Not a song you would maybe associate with elton too much, but it has a certain lion king feel to it.

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