RUNNING FOR THE DRUM (2009)

1. No No Keshagesh [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
2. Cho Cho Fire [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
3. Workin’ For the Government [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
4. Little Wheel Spin and Spin [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
5. Too Much Is Never Enough [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
6. To the Ends of the World [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
7. When I Had You [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
8. I Bet My Heart on You [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
9. Blue Sunday [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
10. Easy Like The Snow Falls Down [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)
11. America the Beautiful [lyrics] (Katherine Lee Bates & Samuel
       A. Ward / new music & lyrics Buffy Sainte-Marie
)

12. Still This Love Goes On [lyrics] (Buffy Sainte-Marie)

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 


No No Keshagesh
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

Keshagesh means Greedy Guts.
It’s what you call a little puppy who eats his own and then wants everybody else’s.

I never saw so many business suits
Never knew a dollar sign could look so cute
Never knew a junkie with a money jones
Who’s buying Park Place? Who’s buying Boardwalk?

These old men they make their dirty deals
Go in the back room and see what they can steal
Talk about your beautiful for spacious skies
It’s about uranium. It’s about the water rights

Got Mother Nature on a luncheon plate
They carve her up and call it real estate
Want all the resources and all of the land
They make a war over it; they blow things up for it

The reservation out at Poverty Row
The cookin’s cookin and the lights are low
Somebody tryin to save our Mother Earth I’m gonna
Help em to Save it and Sing it and Pray it singin

No No Keshagesh you can’t do that no more.

Ol Columbus he was lookin good
When he got lost in our neighborhood
Garden of Eden right before his eyes
Now it’s all spyware Now it’s all income tax

Ol Brother Midas lookin hungry today
What he can’t buy he’ll get some other way
Send in the troopers if the Natives resist
Same old story, boys; that’s how ya do it , boys

Look at these people Lord they’re on a roll
Got to have it all; gotta have complete control
Want all the resources and all of the land
They break the law over it; blow things up for it

While all our champions are off in the war
Their final rippoff here at home is on
Mister Greed I think your time has come I’m gonna
Sing it and Say it and Live it and Pray it singin

No No Keshagesh you can’t do that no more.


 
 

 
 

Cho Cho Fire
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

Ooo you better wake up
Man it’s like you’re dead and gone
See you movin around the same ol neighborhood
Same ol thoughts in your head spin around

Oh I know that you’re a city boy
But if you got a chance to go – ah – ah
Would you come out to a new world
I promise that I’ll take it slow – ah – ah

Aya Aya Are you ready?
Aya Aya Come on now
Aya Aya It’s a new world
Aya Aya Cho cho fire
Aya Aya Listen to the drum beat
Aya Aya That’s my heartbeat
Aya Aya Have a little fun now
Aya Aya Cho cho fire

Look like you’re burnin out to me Babe
No good to nobody no how
Think you need a new experience
Need a little powwow in your soul

See the people get excited
Know the best is yet to come
You can see the people gatherin from miles around
See em running for the drum – ah – ah

Powwow

Aya Aya Are you ready?
Aya Aya Come on now
Aya Aya It’s a new world
Aya ay Cho cho fire
Aya Aya Listen to the drum beat
Aya Aya That’s your heartbeat
Aya Aya Have a little fun now
Aya Aya Cho cho fire

Powwow


 
 

 
 

Workin’ For the Government
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

The neighbors like him
Think he’s a great guy
He wears a neck tie
Workin for the government

He get you elected
He take the heat y’all
He know the plan yeah he’s
Workin for the government

Ci-vil servant y’all
Mufti uniform
He keep a place in town he
Workin for the government

He keep his mouth shut
Nobody know him
He G.I. Joe yeah
Workin for the government


 
 

 
 

Little Wheel Spin and Spin
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

Little Wheel Spin and Spin
Big wheels turn around & around
Little Wheel Spin and Spin
Big wheels turn around & around

Merry Christmas Jingle Bells
Christ is born and the devils in hell
hearts they shrink Pockets swell
Everybody know and nobody tell

Oh the sins of Caesars men
cry the pious citizens
who petty thieve the 5 & 10s
and the big wheels turn around and around

Blame the angels, blame the fates,
Blame the Jews or your sister Kate
Teach your children how to hate
and the big wheels turn around and around
Turn your back on weeds youve hoed
silly sinful seeds youve sowed
Add your straw to the camels load
and the big wheels turn around and around

Swing your girl fiddler say
Later on the piper pay
Do see do, swing and sway
Dead will dance on judgment day


 
 

 
 

Too Much Is Never Enough
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

A reckless world out of control
And he’s the one supposed to tame it
A restless heart out on patrol
He was in love but he couldn’t name it
And Baby comes to lay his heart down
When his tough is wearing thin
When the world has had enough of him
He knows just what I’ll say

Too much is never enough
When it comes to loving you
You’ll see
Too much is never enough
I’ll be there
All the way to where forever goes

Our world just suddenly went so dark
Whatever was there, we couldn’t read it
I saw his dreams go up in smoke
He only said, “I just don’t need it”
And then he held me to his heart
Although his world was falling down
He dried my tears and he held me close
And he said, “We’ll make it Baby”

Too much is never enough
When it comes to loving you
You’ll see
Too much is never enough
I’ll be there
All the way to where forever goes


 
 

 
 

To the Ends of the World
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

To the Ends of the World
It’s common knowledge everywhere
Everybody says it, telling me
Love is just a dream
that don’t come true
That don’t seem right to me.

Now if anyone told me
There was someone like you
for me
Honest and true, truly boy
I would have searched
To the ends of the world.

Lovers come and lovers go
That’s what people tell me. I don’t know
Hey someone’s got to get it right some time
Couldn’t we??

To the ends of the world
wise men keep on sayin it, sayin it
Sayin Love’s the only, only thing
and I know
Cause you bring your love to me
I’m gonna love you from deep down in my Heart
to the ends of the world


 
 

 
 

When I Had You
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

When I had you
I was cool
Everything just turn to gold
Oo I couldn’t lose

You watched over me
Like a light
Everybody see me shine
Oo ooo
When I had you

Once I could fly
Like a fool
Long as you were by my side
Oo I couldn’t fall

Right from the start
You had me covered
That’s the part that I forgot
Thought I did it all
When I had you

Blind to your magic
Never caught your show
I had magic of my own
Wouldn’t be outshown

Now I’m alone
In the night
Everything just calls your name
Nothing is the same
I want you back
I’m on my knees now
Praying for a dream come true
Like the one we had
When I had you


 
 

 
 

I Bet My Heart on You
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

I love the loving look that’s on your face
I love the loving things you do
And if they ever have a loving race
I bet my heart on you

I love the lovin way you call my name
I love the tender things you say
You bring me love you bring me happy nights
You win me over every day.

I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you
I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you
I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you
I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you … Baby

This busy world it keep me spinning round
Those other boys get dizzified
They fold their cards and watch the chips come down
I look around, you’re by my side

I love the angel way you spread my wings
musta been sent from up above
I love the way you fly to tell me things
You know you win my love

I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you
I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you
I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you
I bet my heart on you I bet my heart on you … Baby


 
 

 
 

Blue Sunday
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

Since my baby left me
Got no place to go
I go down to the river side
Let my head hang low

Really let my heart hang down
Boy I really cry
Since my baby left me
Feel like I could die

and it’s Blue Sunday
Saturday night ain’t nothing to me
It’s just a memory of blue.

Since my baby left me
I don’t go to town
I go down by the river side
Let my head hang down

Really let my heart hang low
Boy I really pray
Since my baby left me
Lonesome every day

and it’s Blue Sunday
Saturday night ain’t nothing to me
It’s just a memory of blue.

Since my baby left me
I can’t never win
I go down by the river side
Think about jumpin in

Really let my heart hang low
I can hear me moan
Since my baby left me
Just can’t be alone

and it’s Blue Sunday
Saturday night ain’t nothing to me
It’s just a memory
of blue.


 
 

 
 

Easy Like The Snow Falls Down
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

When the heart’s too big and the world’s too small
and there’s no one there to love
and you overflow with an urge to fly
and there’s nowhere left to go

Come to me
Easy like the snow falls down
Come to me
It’s easy

When the mind’s too quick
and a dream’s too slow
and you can’t pretend to feel
and your life has gone on its own somehow
and you long for something real

Come to me
Easy like the snow falls down
Come to me

Come to me
Easy like the snow falls down
Come to me
I’m your angel.

Come to me
Easy like the snow falls down
Come to me


 
 

 
 

America the Beautiful
© Katherine Lee Bates & Samuel A. Ward / new music & lyrics Buffy Sainte-Marie

There were Choctaws in Alabama
Chippewas in St. Paul
Mississippi mud runs like a river in me
America – Oo she’s like a mother to me

O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesty
Above the fruited plain

America, America
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea
from sea to shining sea

There were cliff towns in Colorado
Pyramids in Illinois
Trade routes up and down the Mississippi River to see
America – Oo she’s like a mother to me…

O beautiful for vision clear
that sees beyond the years
Thy night time sky
Our hopes that fly
undimmed by human tears

America, America
God shed His grace on thee
Til selfish gain no longer stain
the banner of the free

And crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea
from sea to shining sea


 
 

 
 

Still This Love Goes On
© Buffy Sainte-Marie

Sat beside a beaver dam and watched the winter grow
Ice was hard with little tracks appearing in the snow
Fog is in the valley now and all the geese are gone
Cross the moon I saw them go and
Still this love goes on and on
Still this love goes on.

Once I watched the summer flowers turn the fields to sun
Up and down the mountainside I watched the summer run
Now the fields are muffled in white and snow is on the dawn
Morning comes on shivering wings and
Still this love goes on and on
Still this love goes on.

In every dream I can smell the Sweetgrass burning
And in my heart I can hear the drum
and hear the singers soaring
and se-e the jin-gle dancers
and Still this love goes on and on
Still this love goes on.

Fancy Dancer come up north to see some friends of his
Fell in love in a powwow town and you know how that is
Beaded girls and painted ponies turn your life around
and now you’re singing “Ke sakihiten” ha on and on
On and on and on and on and

In every dream I can smell the Sweetgrass burning
And in my heart I can hear the drum
and hear the singers soaring
and se-e the jin-gle dancers
and Still this love goes on and on
Still this love goes on.


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