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You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they're worth

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other,
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or let teh eagle tell you where he's been
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you'll never know

And you'll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper-skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountain
Need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the earth and still
All you'll own is earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind

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    Pierre RosmondJul 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    One of the best songs ever written. Deep and good stuff. Thank you Vanessa ! ...Your beautiful voice adds to its meaning. Thanks again !
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    UnregisteredJul 5, 2012 at 4:34 am
    The earth is not just a place to live for humans. Everything has life, spirit and a name. The earth is a good place. Eventhough she (pocahontas) lives in the forest, she treasures what she has now. In the woods, she can be carefree with her life. She never cares about the money, possession or business. Nature, animals and she become friends. They are connetected to each other. They are a circle and cannot be separated. Not all humans will understand all these things. Some will just damage it. We just want to save our nature but some people will not understand it forever. She mentioned that "can you paint all the colors of the wind? ", means, can you paint the earth to be colorful brimming with wishes? She hopes the earth is not damaged and she loves her life in the forest very much. -yue cheng
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    UnregisteredApr 16, 2012 at 12:51 am
    That the earth and nature are so precious to all of us, and that we shouldn't ever destroy it. Kind of like a transendentalist idea
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    UnregisteredApr 14, 2012 at 12:20 am
    This is song, that shows us the true meaning of life. A song that shows us that humans should not be self-centered and that we should take care of everything and everyone. We should be happy with what we have, and open-minded
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    Pierre RosmondJul 12, 2013 at 4:40 am
    Merci a' toi aussi, Sheila, ma chere amie! J'aime beaucoup cette chanson aussi. Je veux pas precher aux autres, au moins, dans cette circonstance; but i really wish that more people would listen and pay attention to the message that is hidden in that song.. It is a beautiful song with a very powerful message. You should be able to watch the video as well, Sheila. Just click on Venessa's picture and give your device about 30-45 seconds to download it for you. You will enjoy watching the video, if you have not watched it yet. Anyway, am glad you like it too. Vanessa Williams is a very talented singer.!!!

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