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"Savages" is a group song and the seventh song of Disney's 1995 animated feature, Pocahontas, performed by both the Indians and settlers as they prepare for war.

Lyrics

Ratcliffe:
What can you expect from filthy little heathens?
Here's what you get when races are diverse! (Soundtrack version: "Their whole disgusting race is like a curse!")

Their skin's a hellish red.
They're only good when dead!
They're vermin, as I said, and worse!

English Settlers:
They're savages!
Savages!

Ratcliffe:
Barely even human.

English Settlers:
Savages! Savages!

Ratcliffe:
Drive them from our shore!
They're not like you and me, which means they must be evil.
We must sound the drums of war!

English Settlers:
They're savages!
Savages!
Dirty shrieking devils! (Soundtrack version: "Dirty redskin devils!")

Ratcliffe and English Settlers:
Now we sound the drums of war!

Powhatan:
This is what we feared.
The paleface is a demon.
The only thing they feel at all is greed.

Kekata:
Beneath that milky hide, there's emptiness inside.

Native American Indians:
I wonder if they even bleed.
They're savages!
Savages!

Powhatan and Native American Indians:
Barely even human.

Native American Indians:
Savages! Savages!

Powhatan:
Killers at the core.

Kekata:
They're different from us,
which means they can't be trusted.

Powhatan:
We must sound the drums of war.

Native American Indians:
They're savages!
Savages!
First we deal with this one.
Then we sound the drums of war.

English Settlers:
Savages! Savages!

Ben:
Let's go get a few, men! (Soundtrack version: "Let's go kill a few, men!")

Native American Indians:
Savages! Savages!

Ratcliffe:
Now it's up to you, men!

All:
Savages! Savages!
Barely even human!
Now we sound the drums of war!

Ratcliffe:
This will be the day.
(Let's go, men!)

Powhatan:
This will be the morning.
(Bring out the prisoner!)

Native American Indians:
We will see them dying in the dust.

Pocahontas:
I don't know what I can do.
Still, I know I've got to try.

Ratcliffe and English Settlers:
Now we make them pay.

Pocahontas:
Eagle, help my feet to fly.

Native American Indians:
Now without a warning.

Pocahontas:
Mountain, help my heart be great.

Native American Indians:
Now we leave 'em blood and bone and rust.

Pocahontas:
Spirits of the Earth and Sky...

English Settlers and Native American Indians:
It's them or us.

Pocahontas:
Please don't let it be too late...

English Settlers and Native American Indians:
They're just a bunch of filthy, stinking...

Native American:
Savages!

English Settlers:
Savages!

Native American Indians:
Demons!

English Settlers:
Devils!

Ratcliffe:
Kill them!

Native American Indians:
Savages!

English Settlers:
Savages!

Ratcliffe and English Settlers:
What are we waiting for?

Ratcliffe, English Settlers, and Native American Indians:
Destroy their evil race until there's not a trace left!

Pocahontas:
How loud are the drums of the war?

Ratcliffe, English Settlers, and Native American Indians:
We will sound the drums of war! Savages! Savages!
Now we sound the drums of war! Savages! Savages!

English Settlers and Native American Indians:
Now we see what comes of trying to be chums.
Now we sound the drums of...

Pocahontas:
Is this the death of all I love carried in the drumming of...

English Settlers and Native American Indians
War!

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Trivia

  • This song is an allegory to racism: English settlers call the Natives "savages" while knowing little to nothing about them and being the true aggressors, Natives call English settlers "savages" for the same reasons.
  • Savages is very similar to "The Mob Song" in Beauty and the Beast. The main villain exploits his men's fear of the unknown to get them on a pretended heroic fight, when actually they only want to satisfy themselves and their vices (Governor Ratcliffe's greed and Gaston's jealousy). In fact, both films star David Ogden Stiers.
  • The film cuts out Pocahontas' first verse in the second part, instead beginning with Ratcliffe announcing "This will be the day."
  • In the film, Ratcliffe say the verse: "Here's what you get when races are diverse!" However, in the soundtrack, he says "Their whole disgusting race is like a curse."
    • Similarly, in the film, the settlers and Ratcliffe say "Dirty, shrieking devils." The soundtrack uses "Dirty redskin devils", possibly to be more racially sensitive.


v - e - d
Pocahontas logo
Media
Films: PocahontasPocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldVideo

Video games: PocahontasDisney Emoji Blitz
Music: Original SoundtrackThe Legacy Collection
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookMarvel Comics

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingIt's a Small WorldPocahontas Indian VillageSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveFantasmic!Feel the MagicFestival of Family & FriendsLa Forêt de l'Enchantement: Une aventure musicale DisneyMickey and the Magical MapPocahontas and her Forest FriendsPocahontas le SpectacleThe Golden MickeysThe Spirit of Pocahontas
Shop: The Spirit of Pocahontas Shop
Parade: Jubilation!
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandTree of Life AwakensWorld of Color
Halloween: The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Characters
Original: PocahontasJohn SmithGovernor RatcliffeThomasMeekoFlitPercyWigginsGrandmother WillowChief PowhatanNakomaKocoumNamontackKekataBen and LonBearded Crew Member

Sequel: John RolfeKing JamesQueen AnneMrs. JenkinsUttamatomakkinJesters
Deleted: Redfeather

Songs
Original: The Virginia CompanySteady as the Beating DrumJust Around the RiverbendListen With Your HeartMine, Mine, MineColors of the WindSavagesIf I Never Knew You

Sequel: Where Do I Go from Here?What a Day in LondonWait 'Till He Sees YouThings Are Not What They AppearBetween Two Worlds