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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.


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Media
Films: PocahontasPocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldVideo

Video games: PocahontasDisney Emoji Blitz
Music: Original Soundtrack
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
PocahontasJohn SmithGovernor RatcliffeThomasMeekoFlitPercyWigginsGrandmother WillowChief PowhatanNakomaKocoumNamontackKekataBen and LonBearded Crew MemberJohn RolfeKing JamesQueen AnneMrs. JenkinsUttamatomakkinJestersRedfeather
Songs
The Virginia CompanySteady as the Beating DrumJust Around the RiverbendListen With Your HeartMine, Mine, MineColors of the WindSavagesIf I Never Knew YouWhere Do I Go from Here?What a Day in LondonWait 'Till He Sees YouThings Are Not What They AppearBetween Two Worlds