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Song of a Mountain

Andrew Natonabah, singer
Martha Austin, translator

Planning Mountain, you think about,
Planning Mountain, you think about,
Planning Mountain, you think about.

Now, Blanca Peak, you think about that,
Now, white shell, you think about it,
Now, Planning Mountain, you think about
that,
Now, long life,
Now, by it beauty, you think about it,
Planning Mountain, you think about it.

Now, Mount Taylor, you think about that,
Now, strong turquoise, you think about it,
Now, Planning Mountain, you think about
that,
Now, long life,
That, now, by it beauty, you think about it,
Planning Mountain, you think about it.

Now San Francisco Peaks, you think about
that,
Now, strong abalone, you think about it,
That, now, Planning Mountain, you think
about that,
Now, long life,
That, now, by it beauty, you think about it,
Planning Mountain, you think about it.

Now, La Plata Mountains, you think about
that,
Now, strong jet, you think about it,
That, now, Planning Mountain, you think
about it,
Now, long life,
That, now, by it beauty, you think about it,
Planning Mountain, you think about it.

Now, Huerfano Mountain, you think about
that,
Now, strong variety of goods, you think about
that,
That, now, Planning Mountain, you think
about it,
Now, long life,
That, now, by it beauty, you think about it,
That, Planning Mountain, you think about it.

Now, Gobernador Knob, you think about that,
Now, strong mixed precious stones, you think
about it,
That, now, Planning Mountain, you think
about it,
Now, long life,
That, now, by it beauty, you think about it,
That, Planning Mountain, you think about it.

By means of it, in front of me, beauty,
you think about it,
By means of it, from behind me, beauty,
you think about it,
By means of it, from below me, beauty,
you think about it,
By means of it, above me, beauty,
you think about it,
By means of it, around me, just, all, beauty,
you think about it,
By means of it, from my mouth, beauty,
you think about it,
By means of it, now, long life,
Now, by it, beauty, me, I am, you think about
it.

Planning Mountain, you think about that,
That, Planning Mountain, you think about it,
That, Planning Mountain, you think about it,
That, Planning Mountain, you think about it.

Andrew Natonabah. "Song of a Mountain" by permission of the singer.

As printed in Larry Evers, ed. The South Corner of Time. Tucson, Ariz.: The University of Arizona Press, ©1980, p. 101.
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