Still relevant.

For some odd reason, I’ve gravitated towards this song over the past few weeks. Total honesty, I don’t know why.

It’s not like I’m a huge fan of the movie. I didn’t watch the movie as a kid…it was a Disney Princess movie. I did know about the song though. What 90’s kid couldn’t resist the pop cover of the song sung by Vanessa Williams?

The reason the song has been on my mind though is the lyrics. They still ring true 24 years later, and certainly make you think. Anyway, those are my thoughts. Read them for yourself and make up your own mind:

You think I’m an ignorant savage
And you’ve been so many places
I guess it must be so
But still I cannot see
If the savage one is me
How can there be so much that you don’t know
You don’t know

You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sunsweet berries of the Earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they’re worth

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you’ll never know

And you’ll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind

You can own the Earth and still
All you’ll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind

Written by lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken
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