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Osceola's Last Words, song lyrics

Song: Osceola's Last Words(1)
Lyrics: Will McLean(2)

Music: Will McLean
Year: 1964
Genre: Folk
Country: USA

In a dungeon deep at St. Augustine Chief Osceola Wept,
For his people and his golden land, His body had not slept,
Then Wildcat said, "Oh Chief I beg you go,
With me to stand against our mortal foe,
But Osceola raised his proud head high,
Said, "Do this ere I die."
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"Wildcat, Brother, to the grassy waters take the Seminole.
There no white man can invade to leave you lying dead and cold,
I shall not live among such evil men,
Who mock the sign of truce, this flag of white,
And honor not their given, sacred word,
My name will be the light."

"The light that burns in every warrior's soul in dark and hidden reaches,
They will never drive us from our land,
Nor drain our blood like leeches,
My spirt walks with those of you who die,
And those of you who always will remain,
Upon this bloodstained, blessed, flowered land,
Must fight and fight again."


1 - Osceola (1804 - 1838), (Billy Powell) and the story of the forced Indian removal from Florida, plus A Seminole Warrior Cloaked in Defiance, from the Smithsonian Institute Magazine, October 2010.

2 - A biography of Will McLean (1919 - 1990), born in Chipley, Florida, United States of America.