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Thick cloud - steam rising - hissing stone on sweat lodge fire
Around me - buffalo robe - sage in bundle - rub on skin
Outside - cold air - stand, wait for rising sun
Red paint - eagle feathers - coyote calling - it has begun
Something moving in - I taste it in my mouth and in my heart
It feels like dying - slow - letting go of life

Medicine man lead me up though town - Indian ground -
So far down
Cut up land - each house - a pool - kids wearing water
Wings - drink in cool
Follow dry river bed - watch Scout and Guides make
Pow-wow signs
Past Geronimo's disco - Sit 'n' Bull steakhouse - white
Men dream
A rattle in the old man's sack - look at mountain top -
Keep climbing up
Way above us the desert snow - white wind blow

I hold the line - the line of strength that pulls me through
The fear
San Jacinto - I hold the line
San Jacinto - the poison bite and darkness take my sight -
I hold the line
And the tears roll down my swollen cheek - think I'm losing
It - getting weaker
I hold the line - I hold the line
San Jacinto - yellow eagle flies down from the sun -
From the sun

We will walk - on the land
We will breathe - of the air
We will drink - from the stream
We will live - hold the line



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    sbrawsmJul 18, 2008 at 4:47 am
    I saw an interview where Peter tells the story of meeting an elderly, Apache Indian.
    The man's home had caught fire and he was concerned if his cat was still alive.
    Peter got the man there and they managed to save the cat. Peter tells how he spent hours talking with the Apache. The man told him about an old Indian right he had gone through. He was brought to a mountain top, had a snake laid on him and was bitten by the snake. The Indian is left there, poisoned and hallucinating. The reason for this is to show when an Indian is brave. He he comes down from the mountain, he is brave.
    If he dies up there, I guess he is considered weak.
    That is what this song is about.
    Cool, huh?
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    sbrawsmJul 18, 2008 at 4:39 am
    I saw an interview where Peter tells the story of meeting an elderly, Apache Indian.
    The man's home had caught fire and he was concerned if his cat was still alive.
    Peter got the man there and they managed to save the cat. Peter tells how he spent hours talking with the Apache. The man told him about an old Indian right he had gone through. He was brought to a mountain top, had a snake laid on him and was bitten by the snake. The Indian is left there, poisoned and hallucinating. The reason for this is to show when an Indian is brave. He he comes down from the mountain, he is brave.
    If he dies up there, I guess he is considered weak.
    That is what this song is about.
    Cool, huh?

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