Lyrics – Smoke of Sage

From Swallows’ In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

Smoke of Sage

DATE: Friday, May 29, 1891
LOCATION: Pine Ridge, Great Sioux Nation

Painter George Catlin's depiction of the Sioux Sun Dance Ceremony
George Catlin, Self-torture in a Sioux Religious Ceremony, 1835-1837, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.460 Luce Center Label. Related article about the Sun Dance Ceremony

Set the pole
Bring the hide
Light the fire
Watch the sky

Bring the elder
Bring the pipe
Bring the paint
Bring the knife

Grab the man
Hold him down
Make a clearing
Gather ‘round

Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage

Start the song
Drum and sing
Bison horn
Eagle wing

Shake the rattle
Dip the pot
Cut the skin
Tie the knot

Tie the rope
To the pole
Stick and rock
Skull and bone

Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage

Lift the man
From the ground
Start the dance
Walk around

Tighten rope
Tearing skin
Back around
The pole again

Thunder god
Burning Sky
Spirit vision
Eagle eye

Thunder god
Burning sky
Spirit vision
Eagle eye

Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage
Smoke of sage

© 2013 Kerr

Performers:
Aaron Kerr – Bass
Brett Hansen – Electric Guitars
Jeff Crandall – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Justin DeLeon – Drums
Mike Nordby – Mandolin, Percussion

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