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I’m standing here, feathers and hide
leggings long, sky is hot and wide
Eagle feather, and long dark hair
Beads and moccasins, they come to stare

CHORUS:
Isn’t it a grand ole town
Doesn’t bother me at all
The indian head amusement park
And the pow wow mall
Tee pee restaurant has a sign that says live squaw
And at the sacred pipe lounge you’ll find us every night
No, we don’t mind at all

I’m the paid live dummy, waiving them in
To buy up what’s left of my grandparents wisdom
And my face looks just like my great grandfathers did
When the trail of tears taught him to keep his heart hid

CHORUS:
Isn’t it a grand ole town
Doesn’t bother me at all
The indian head amusement park
And the pow wow mall
Tee pee restaurant has a sign that says live squaw
And at the sacred pipe lounge you’ll find us every night
No, we don’t mind at all

So I say How to the white faces as they pay me to pose
Beside winnebagos and family cars
I could use the money so I wear the clothes
And the kids call me chief They think it’s fun
They call me onto our word for dumb

CHORUS:
Isn’t it a grand ole town
Doesn’t bother me at all
The indian head amusement park
And the pow wow mall
Tee pee restaurant has a sign that says live squaw
And at the sacred pipe lounge you’ll find us every night
No, we don’t mind at all

At night I take off the plastic feathers and the fake long hair
And I get a drink in me as I put on my jeans
And before I go back to my trailer home
I look down the streets of Cherokee and this vision comes to me

CHORUS:
Isn’t it a grand old town doesn’t bother me at all
God’s hand motel and the priest head pool
He’s just trying to make a dime that’s why the white man stands
With a fake bible and a fake rosary in his hand, and
Jesus is there and he is half-price on sale
And he winks at me as I walk by proud
And we shake our head and we laugh out loud
And before we go home we’ve both been heard to say
It’s too bad they have to live this way.
It’s a shame they have to live this way

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from Same River Twice (1997), released January 1, 1997

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Darryl Purpose Portland, Oregon

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional blackjack player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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