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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
Films Pocahontas
Shows 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


"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


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