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Indian Sunset

	  

(*) 
As I awoke this evening with the smell of wood smoke clinging 


Like a gentle cobweb hanging upon a painted tepee 


Oh I went to see my chieftain with my warlance and my woman 


For he told us that the yellow moon would very soon be leaving 

Ebm						 Ebm9 
This I can't believe I said, I can't believe our warlord's dead 

      Ebm9		  Abm/Eb	     Ebm7 
Oh he would not leave the chosen ones to the buzzards and the soldiers guns 


	 Ebm				   Ebm9 
Oh great father of the Iroquois ever since I was young 

		      Abm/Eb	       Ebm9 
I've read the writing of the smoke and breast fed on the sound of drums 

     Ebm			      		     Ebm7 
I've learned to hurl the tomahawk and ride a painted pony wild 

   Ebm9		    Abm/Eb	     Ebm9 
To run the gauntlet of the Sioux, to make a chieftain's daughter mine 


    Ebm			 
And now you ask that I should watch 

    Ebm		        Ebm7   Ebm9 
The red man's race be slowly crushed 

     Ebm	       Abm/Eb 
What kind of words are these to hear 

     Ebm9 
From Yellow Dog whom white man fears 


Ebm7 

Abm  Ab Bb B   B  Db D7  D7  D7/5-  D7  D 


G      Bm/F#	    Em	      G/D    C        Am/D	      Em  D 
I take only what is mine Lord,    my pony, my squaw, and my child 

G	Bm/F#	Em	   G/D  C Am/D		       Em   D 
I can't stay to see you die      along with my tribe's pride 

Am7		       D		   G		  C/G 
I go to search for the yellow moon and the fathers of our sons 

	  Em7     Am7	       G        F6(add9)     Am      G      C(***) 
Where the red sun sinks in the hills of gold and the healing waters run 


G	  Bm/F#	   Em	       G/D  C        Am/D		 Em  D 
Trampling down the prairie rose      leaving hoof tracks in the sand 

G	  Bm/F#	  Em	   G/D  C  Am/D            Em   D  
Those who wish to follow me      I welcome with my hands 

Am7		     D	      G             C/G 
I heard from passing renegades Geronimo was dead 

	  Em7    Am7      Gsus4  F6(add9) 	    Am7	       Bm7     Em  (Em7/D  Cmaj7)****  Em 
He'd been laying down his weapons         when they filled him full of  
lead_____________________ 


Em  Am/E  Em  Em  G/E  G/E  Em  G/E  Em  Em 

Am Am Am G G G Am Am Am G G G Am  Am 

Em  Em  Em  G/E  G/E Em  G/E  Em  G/E  Em  Em  Em 

Am Am Am G G G Am Am Am G G G Am  Am  Am 

(D7/A  Amadd9  D7/A  Em  G/D  Em)***** 


Em		   G/D	      C		     G/B 
Now there seems no reason why I should carry on 

Am7		  G/B		   C		  D 
In this land that once was my land I can't find a home 

     Em		     G/D	   C		      G/B 
It's lonely and it's quiet and the horse soldiers are coming 

      Am		G/B	 	  C		       D 
And I think it's time I strung my bow and ceased my senseless running 

    Em		       G/D          C		       G/B 
For soon I'll find the yellow moon along with my loved ones 

	  Am 		    G/B               C			 D 
Where the buffalos graze in clover fields without the sound of guns 


	Em	G/D		C		 G/B 
And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold 

    Am		  G/B		C		    Em  (Em7/D  Cmaj7  Em)**** 
And peace to this young warrior comes with a bullet ho________________le. 

(Em  Em7/D  Cmaj7*  D 



*The first verse is sung accapella until chords are shown. 


**The orchestra plays here.  The sheet music has cut their parts out of the score. 
This is an approximation of what they are playing: 

RH:  Ebm  Ebm  Ebm  Gb Gb Gb Gb Ebm Ebm Ebm  Ebm Ebm Ebm Ebm ab Ebm Ebm  Ebm Ebm  
Gb Ebm 
LH:  Eb   Eb     Eb          Eb         Eb               Eb      Eb       Eb           
Eb 

RH:  db eb gb ab bb db eb eb eb db db db db eb  
LH:  Eb          Eb          Eb          Eb 

RH:  db eb gb db eb  bb db ab bb gb  db eb gb db eb  eb 
LH:  Eb          Eb   Eb         Eb  Eb          Eb  

RH:  ab bb db eb gb ab bb db eb db ab db bb gb  Abm 
LH:  Eb          Eb          Eb       Db        Ab 


***Improv single not elaboration into next verse. 


****Descending fourths on these intervals.  See the recording for more info. 


*****Single piano notes in the right hand are as follows: 
 
	  

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