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Savages
Savages
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Stephen Schwartz
Performer(s) Pocahontas
Governor Ratcliffe
Chief Powhatan
Kekata
Length 1:40 (Original)
1:05 (Reprise)
Films Pocahontas
Shows Fantasmic!
Attractions
Video games
Albums Pocahontas (Original Soundtrack)
Preceded by Colors of the Wind
Followed by If I Never Knew You
Video

Savages is a song featured in Disney's Pocahontas its sung by two sides Governor Ratcliffe, English settlers and Chief Powhatan and the Native Americans. There are two parts of this song, with Pocahontas joining in in the second part.

Lyrics

Part 1

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!

Ratcliffe and English Settlers:
They're savages!
Savages!
Dirty shrieking devils! (Soundtrack version: "Dirty redskin devils!")
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 Americans:
I wonder if they even bleed
They're savages!
Savages!
Barely even human
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 Americans:
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 kill a few, men!

Native Americans:
Savages! Savages!

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

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

Part 2

Pocahontas:
Is there nothing I can do?
Will this really be the end?
Is it only death that waits
Just around the riverbend?

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

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

English Settlers and 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.

Indians:
Now without a warning.

Pocahontas:
Mountain help my heart be great.

English Settlers and Indians:
Now we leave em blood and bone and rust.

Pocahontas:
Spirits of the Earth and Sky.

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

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

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

Indians:
Savages!

English Settlers:
Savages!

Indians:
Demons!

English Settlers:
Devils!

Ratcliffe:
Kill them!

Indians:
Savages!

English Settlers:
Savages!

Ratcliffe and English Settlers:
What are we waiting for?

Indians and English Settlers:
Destroy their evil race until there's not a trace left.

Pocahontas:
How loud are the drums of the war?

Indians and English Settlers:
Well will sound the drums of war! Savages! Savages!

Ratcliffe:
Now we see what comes of trying to be chums.

Indians:
Now we sound the drums of war!

English Settlers:
Of course it means the drums of war!

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

Indians and English Settlers
War!

Trivia

  • This is the third song to have a voice actor doing two characters at the same time. (In this case, it's Jim Cummings voicing Chief Powhatan and Kekata.) The first two being Be Prepared and Mine, Mine, Mine. This is also the second time Jim Cummings has voiced two characters in a song.
  • 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.
  • This is the second song that has racist views of Native Americans, the first one being What Made the Red Man Red?, although it is done intentionally to highlight the prejudice held by Governor Ratcliffe.
  • 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 jealosy)
  • 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 sensitve.
  • This song has some similarities with the score of "Paris Burning" from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame "


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