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by Johnny Cash

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[edit]Song titleThe Talking Leaves
[edit]Artist nameJohnny Cash
[edit]Lyrics languageEnglish
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Sequoia's winters were sixteen
Silent tongue spirit clean
He walked at his father's side

Across the smoking battle ground
Where red and white men lay all around
So many here had died

The wind had scattered around
Snow white leaves upon the ground
Not leaves like leaves from trees

Sequoia said "What can this be
What's the strange thing here I see
From where come leaves like these?"

Sequoia turned to his father's eyes
And he said "Father, you're wise
From where come such snow white leaves?"

"With such strange marks upon these squares
Not even the wise owl could put them there
So strange these snow white leaves"

His father shielding his concern
Resenting the knowledge Sequoia yearned
Crumbled the snow white leaves

He said, "When I explain then it's done
These are talking leaves, my son
The white men's talking leaves"

The white man takes a berry of black and red
And an eagle's feather from the eagle's bed
Find more similar lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.com/1LoRAnd he makes bird track marks

And the marks on the leaves they say
Carry messages to his brother far away
And his brother knows what's in his heart

They see these marks and they understand
The truth in the heart of the far off man
The enemies can't hear them

Said Sequoia's father, "Son they weave bad medicine
On these talking leaves
Leave such things to them"

Then Sequoia walking lightly
Followed his father quietly but so amazed was he
If the white man talks on leaves why not the Cherokee?

Vanished from his father's face
Sequoia went from place to place
But he could not forget

Year after year he worked on and on
Till finally he cut into stone
The Cherokee alphabet

Sequoia's hair by now was white
His eyes began to lose their light
But he taught all who would believe

That the Indian's thoughts could be written down
Just as the white men's there on the ground
And he left us these talking leaves
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Johnny Cash, born February 26, 1932, as J. R. Cash, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Ray (1897-1985) and Carrie (née Rivers) Cash (1904-1991), and raised in Dyess, Arkansas, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, author, and Biblical scholar, who was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music artist, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll, especially early in his career, as well as blues, folk, and gospel. Late in his career, Cash covered songs by several rock artists.

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