"THIS LAND IS NOT OUR LAND"

(Recorded by Becky Hobbs and featured in her dramatic musical, "Nanyehi, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee". Nanyehi, also known as Nancy Ward, is Becky's ancestor. This project received a Grammy nomination.)

Words & Music by
Becky Hobbs and James Nihan


YOU COME WITH WAGONS, YOU COME WITH PLOWS
YOU SAY YOU BOUGHT THIS LAND, I DON'T KNOW HOW
THIS LAND IS NOT OUR LAND, IT'S ONLY OURS TO USE
IT DON'T BELONG TO ME, IT DON'T BELONG TO YOU
OH

YOU BRING YOUR TREATY, YOU BRING YOUR PEN
YOU SAY WE SOLD THIS LAND, I DON'T KNOW WHEN
THIS LAND IS NOT OUR LAND, IT'S ONLY OURS TO USE
IT DON'T BELONG TO ME, IT DONíT BELONG TO YOU
OH

LOOK AT MY RIVERS, THE MOUNTAINS CRY
WHERE WILL THE OTTER SWIM WHEN IT RUNS DRY
THE TREES SO MIGHTY, FALL ONE BY ONE
WHERE WILL THE BLUEBIRD NEST WHEN YOU ARE DONE

YOU HAVE A HUNGER, IT WILL NOT DIE
YOU MUST TAKE EVERYTHING, I DON'T KNOW WHY
THIS LAND IS NOT OUR LAND, IT'S ONLY OURS TO USE
IT DONíT BELONG TO US, WEíRE ONLY PASSING THROUGH
OH

LOOK AT MY MEADOWS, THE MOUNTAINS ROAR
WHERE IS THE DEER TO GRAZE WHEN THEREíS NO MORE
OUR CORN SO PLENTY, PULLED ONE BY ONE
WHAT WILL WE HAVE TO EAT WHEN YOU ARE DONE
OH

THIS LAND IS NOT OUR LAND, ITíS ONLY OURS TO USE
IT DONíT BELONG TO ME, IT DONíT BELONG TO YOU
IT DONíT BELONG TO US, WEíRE ONLY PASSING THROUGH
THIS LAND IS NOT OUR LAND, ITíS ONLY OURS TO USE
OH


Published by Becca's Mecca Music (BMI) and Composure Music (ASCAP)




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