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Steady as the Beating Drum
Steady as the Beating Drum
Originally performed by
Composer Alan Menken
Lyrics Stephen Schwartz
Performer(s) Powhatan Indians
Feature films Pocahontas
Short films
Television programs Fantasmic!
Video games Pocahontas
Albums Pocahontas (Original Soundtrack)
Classic Disney - Volume V
Preceded by "The Virginia Company"
Followed by "Just Around The Riverbend"

"Steady as the Beating Drum" is the introductory song for the Indians in Disney's Pocahontas.


Native Americans: 

Hega hega ya-hi-ye-hega

Ya-hi-ye-ne-he hega

Hega hega ya-hi-ye-hega

Ya-hi-ye-ne-he hega


Steady as the beating drum

Singing to the cedar flute

Seasons go and seasons come

Bring the corn and bear the fruit.

Native Americans: 

By the waters sweet and clean

Where the mighty sturgeon lives

Plant the squash and reap the bean

All the earth our mother gives

O great spirit, hear our song

Help us keep the ancient ways

Keep the sacred fire strong

Walk in balance all our days

Seasons go and seasons come

Steady as the beating drum

Plum to seed to bud to plum.

(Hega hega ya-hi-ye hega)

Steady as the beating drum. 

Hega hega ya-hi-ye-hega.

Ya-hi-ye-ne-he hega.


Chief Powhatan:
As the river cuts his path
Though the river's proud and strong
He will choose the smoothest course
That's why river's live so long
They're steady
As the steady beating drum

Media: Pocahontas | Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World | Pocahontas (Original Soundtrack) | Pocahontas (video game) | House of Mouse | Marvel Comics | The Making of Pocahontas

Characters: Pocahontas | John Smith | Governor Ratcliffe | Thomas | Meeko | Flit | Percy | Wiggins | Grandmother Willow | Chief Powhatan | Nakoma | Kocoum | Kekata | Ben and Lon | John Rolfe | King James | Queen Anne | Mrs. Jenkins | Uttamatomakkin | Namontack | Redfeather

Songs: The Virginia Company | Steady as the Beating Drum | Just Around The Riverbend | Listen With Your Heart | Mine, Mine, Mine | Colors of the Wind | Savages | If I Never Knew You | Where Do I Go From Here | What a Day in London | Wait 'Till He Sees You | Things Are Not What They Appear | Between Two Worlds

Disney Parks: Pocahontas and her Forest Friends

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