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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!
Attractions
Video games Pocahontas
Albums Pocahontas (Original Soundtrack)
Classic Disney - Volume V
Preceded by "The Virginia Company"
Followed by "Just Around The Riverbend"
Video
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"Steady as the Beating Drum" is the introductory song for the Indians in Disney's Pocahontas.

Lyrics

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

Women:
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.

Reprise

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


v - e - d
Pocahontas logo
Media

Films: Pocahontas | Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
Television: House of Mouse
Video games: Pocahontas (video game)
Music: Pocahontas (Original Soundtrack)

Disney Parks
Animazment - The Musical | Disney's Believe | Disney Animation Building | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Festival of Family & Friends | It's a Small World | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney | Mickey and the Magical Map | Pocahontas and her Forest Friends | Pocahontas Indian Village | Pocahontas le Spectacle | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | The Golden Mickeys | The Spirit of Pocahontas | Tree of Life Awakens | World of Color
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
Books
Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics
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

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