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"Dancing to the Wedding Drum" is a deleted scene and deleted song from the Disney feature film Pocahontas. At the start of the scene Pocahontas is seen at the river with Meeko and Flit. She tells them that she is not sure if Kocoum is the right husband for her. She plans to quietly go see her father to talk to him about it. However, the second she enters the village she is serenaded by the people who are excited for the daughter of the chief's wedding. They give her gifts and compliment how lovely of a bride she will be; just like her mother. During the song she comes across Kocoum (who had a very different personality at this time of the movie development). He kindly asks her why she left the village without telling him. Pocahontas tells him that she was only at the river. Kocoum then asks her "On the river again? How am I supposed to protect my wife if I don't know where she is?". She responds that she isn't his wife yet, and he tells her that will soon be different. He leads her to the house (and roughly throws Meeko outside, suggesting during this point in the movie's development he didn't like Meeko and Flit too much). He shows her the house he had just finished building and tells her he will always keep her safe and protect her in the house. As she tries to sneak away from him as they exit the house, the villagers spot her as the song ends.

Song Lyrics and Transcript

Pocahaontas: I know, Flit. Everyone's waiting for me. Just because they're excited about my wedding doesn't mean I am. I'm just not sure that Kocoum is the right husband for me. I should talk my father about this. Come on, you two. I'll just go quietly into the village, go straight to my father's house and...

Woman #1: There she is!

Man: Pocahontas, look!

Oysters for the wedding feast

Women: Wheat and corn to make the cakes

Chinquapin and succotash

Men: Venison and turtle steaks

Woman #2: You must be so excited.

Pocahontas: Well, I...

Children: See the colors for your dress

Indigo and golden seal

Purple for the love you share

Yellow for the joy you feel

Woman #3: Pocahontas, see your cape

Girl #1: How it sparkles

Girl #2: Yes, it does

Women: She will be a lovely bride

Woman #3: Just the way her mother was

Native Americans: We will dance the whole night long

When the night has finally come

Singing out a wedding song

Hega hega yam-pi-ye-hega

Dancing to the wedding drum

Hega hega yam-pi-ye-hega

Yam-pi-ye-ne-he hega

Koccum: There's my bride!

Pocahontas: Kocoum!

Kocoum: Why did you leave the village without telling me?

Pocahontas: Well, I was just at a river.

Kocoum: On the river again? How am I suppose to protect my wife if I don't know where she is?

Pocahontas: Koccum, I'm not your wife yet.

Kocoum: You will be soon. Come with me. I finished our home. Good sturdy walls. What do you think?

Pocahontas: Well, it's...

Kocoum: (singing) In this house I'll keep you safe

Here I can protect you from

Any danger that may lurk

Any stranger that may come

Native Americans: May your love be deep and strong

May you be for years to come

Singing out a wedding song

Hega hega yam-pi-ye-hega

Dancing to the wedding drum

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Films: Pocahontas | Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World | Video
Television: House of Mouse
Video games: Pocahontas
Music: Original Soundtrack
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics

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Halloween: The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

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