They took away the whole Cherokee nation
And put us on this reservation.
They took away our way of life
Our tomahawk and huntin' knife
And the old teepee we all loved so
They're using now just for a show
They put our papoose in a crib
and took the buck skin from our rib
And they took away our native tongue
and taught their English to our young
Hiya, hiya, ho! Hiya hi, hiya ho!
Hiya, hiya, Hiya ho!
Altho' they changed our ways of old
They'll never change our heart and soul
And tho' I wear a white man's tie
I'll be a red man till I die
All the beads we made by hand
are nowadays made in Japan