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Songs are meant to be sung. We ask that these songs be sung in a good way, in a good place, at a good time and honor the Cherokee words.
-Cherokee Language Consultant: Prentice Robinson-


Beautiful World ©2005
By Barbara A. Warren

1st Verse:
O-tsi-go-ti e-lo-hi u-wo-du-hi We see a beautiful world
O-s-da a-le-ni-to-hv Life is good
O-s-da a-le-ni-to-hv
Way hen na hay ya hay ya
Way hen na ho
Chorus:
Way hen na way hen na
Way hen na hay ya hay ya
Way hen na
Way hen na hay ya hay yo
2nd Verse:
Wa-do-hi ga-lv-la-di e-hi Thank you the One Who Dwells Above
O-s-da a-le-ni-to-hv Life is good
O-s-da a-le-ni-to-hv
Way hen na hay ya hay ya
Way hen na ho
Chorus: Repeat

Cherokee Fire ©2005
(Eternal Fire©2005)
By Barbara A. Warren

1st Verse
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo—hey ya
A-tsi-la i-go-hi-dv Eternal Fire
A-tsi-la i-go-hi-dv
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo—hey ya
Chorus:
Fire fire Cherokee fire
Fire fire tsa-la-gi… fire
2nd Verse
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo—hey ya
A-da-n(v)-do Ani-yv-wi-ya Heart of the People
A-da-n(v)-do Ani-yv-wi-ya
Ya hey ya hey hey ya hey yo—hey ya
Chorus: Repeat

Colors Are Everywhere ©2012
By Barbara A. Warren

Colors are everywhere
Don’t you agree (We do agree).
Creating beauty
For all to see
Join me (us) now
And sing along
To learn the colors
In this song
gigage red
sagonige blue
itseiyusdi green
dalonige yellow
uwodige brown
gigesdi purple
adalonige orange
gvnige black
Color words
In this song
You (We) have learned
As you (we) sang along
Osdadv
Now you (we) know
All the colors
In the rainbow!

Gifts ©2006
By Barbara A. Warren

I see beauty around me
I hear beauty around me
I feel beauty surrounds me
Everywhere I go
I see beauty around me
I hear beauty around me
I feel beauty surrounds me
Gifts of life I know
The beauty of a butterfly
The laughter of a child
The breeze I feel
Beneath the trees
Eagles free and wild
Ka-ma-ma butterfly
De-tlv-gv trees
A-ni-tsi-lv-s-gi flowers
A-yo-tli child
Wo-ha-li eagle
U-de-ya-di-s-di brook
U-no-le wind/air
Di-da-ne-di gifts

Gigage ©2005
By Barbara A. Warren

Way ya ho
Hey a way ya ho
a-su-wi-s-di color
ga-lv-quo-di sacred
gi-ga-ge red
gi-ga-ge u-la-ni-gv-gv red is power
gi-ga-ge u-la-ni-gi-da red is strong
gi-ga-ge a-su-wi-s-di red color
gi-ga-ge ga-lv-quo-di red is sacred
gi-ga-ge red
Chorus:
Way way way a ho
Way ya hey ya way a ho
Way way way a ho
A way a ho hey a way ya ho
Way Way Way a ho
Way ya hey ya way a ho
Way Way Way a ho
A way a ho hey a way ya ho

Going to Water
(Public Domain, “Down in the River to Pray”)
Lyrics adapted by Barbara A. Warren, Shirley Rowland, Tonya Elliott, Valerie Retallack ©2015

As I went down in u-we-yv to pray (river)
Seeking our sacred White Path way
And going to water for purity.
U-ne-tla-nv show me the way (Creator)
O sisters let's go down
Let's go down; come on down
O sisters let's go down
Down in u-we-yv to pray
As I went down in u-we-yv to pray
Seeking our sacred White Path way
And going to water for purity.
U-ne-tla-nv show me the way
O brothers let's go down
Let's go down; now come on down
O brothers; let's go down
Down in u-we-yv to pray
As I went down in u-we-yv to pray
Seeking our sacred White Path way
And going to water for purity.
U-ne-tla-nv show me the way
O mothers let's go down
Let's go down; oh won’t cha come down
O mothers let's go down
Down in u-we-yv to pray
As I went down in u-we-yv to pray
Seeking our sacred White Path way
And going to water for purity.
U-ne-tla-nv show me the way
O fathers let's go down
Let's go down; well come on down
O fathers let's go down
Down in u-we-yv to pray
As I went down in u-we-yv to pray
Seeking our sacred White Path way
And going to water for purity.
U-ne-tla-nv bless us this day

Happiness is a Song ©
By Barbara A. Warren

Hey hey ya na hey ya na ho
Hey hey ya na hey ya na ho
Hey ya na ho oh hey ya na ho
Hey ya na hey ya na ho
a-li-he-li-tsi-da-s-di Happiness
ka-no-gi-s-di ge-sv-i is a song
ni-ga-da o-tsa-li-e-li-ga We are all happy
do-tsi-no-gi-s-di-ha We are singing

Joy ©2011
By Barbara A. Warren

Call: Ya na na na na na na hey yo
Response: Ya na na na na na na hey yo
Call: Ya na na na na na na hey yo
Response: Ya na na na na na na hey yo
Call: Ya na hey ya na hey ya na hey yo
Response: Ya na hey ya na hey ya na hey yo
Chorus:
Ya na hey yo
Ya na hey yo
Ya na hey yo; hey yo; hey yo
U-li-he-li-s-di (Joy!)
Ya na hey ya na hey ya na hey yo
Ya na hey yo
Ya na hey yo
Ya na hey yo; hey yo; hey yo; hey yo…
U-li-he-li-s-di (Joy!)
Hey yo (ends song)

Keeper of the Family ©2007
By Barbara A. Warren

Woman woman who am I
I am Mother to Mankind
Woman woman I am she
Keeper of the Family
ga-da-nv-wi-s-gi Healer
ga-da-ne-la-ne-di tsi-ge-ya Provider; I am woman
ga-li-s-de-li-s-gi Protector
di-ga-de-yo-hv-s-gi Teacher
I am Woman
Healing teaching nurturing woman
I am Woman
Woman
Woman woman who am I
I am daughter sister wife
Woman woman I am she
Life of Man begins in me
ga-da-ne-hi Giving
a-qua-da-ge-yu-hi tsi-ge-ya Loving; I am woman
a-qua-ka-se-s-to-di Caring
a-qua-la-ni-gi-dv Powerful
I am Woman
Giving caring loving woman
I am Woman
Woman
I am Woman
Powerful enduring woman
I am Woman
Woman
I am Woman
Woman
I am Woman
Woman

My Darlin’ ©2013
By Barbara A. Warren

Oh my darlin’
How I love you
I love you more and more each day
You are my sweetheart
I love you truly
So please remember when I say…
di na da da tlu gi Sweetheart
ha-da-nv-da-di-s-di ga-do ga-di-s-go’i Remember when I say
di na da da tlu gi
gv ge yu hi yi gi I love you truly
ga lv quo di Darlin’

Native Women ©2006
By Barbara A. Warren

O-si-yo di-gi-na-li-yi Greetings friends
O-tsi-ge-ya do-tsi-no-gi na-quu We women are singing now
Ne-ye-hi-ya o-tsi-ge-ya Native Women
U-tlo-i a-ni-tsi-lv-s-gi are like flowers
Way hi yo hey way hi yo a hey
A-ni-tsi-lv-s-gi Flowers
A-le o-tsi-ge-ya and women
Di-(gi)-o-du-hi di-(gi)-o-du-hi-yu are beautiful; very beautiful
Native Women are so beautiful
Like the blooming wildflowers
Way hi yo hey way hi yo a hey
Women as all can see
like flowers are definitely
Very beautiful; very beautiful
A-ni-tsi-lv-s-gi
A-le o-tsi-ge-ya
Di-(gi)-o-du-hi di-(gi)-o-du-hi-yu

No Goodbye ©2006
By Barbara A. Warren
(Melody public domain, “Largo” movement of
Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, 1893)

There’s no “goodbye” in Cherokee
Way a hey a hey.
I say to you
You say to me
“Until we meet again”
donadagohvi (Until we meet again)
Until we meet again
donadagohvi
oginali; my friend. (My friend)
No matter how far we go
Down our separate roads.
One day our paths
Will cross and then
We’ll meet again; my friend.
There’s no “goodbye” in Cherokee
Way a hey a hey.
I’ll think of you
You’ll think of me
Until we meet again.
donadagohvi
Until we meet again
donadagohvi
oginali; my friend.

Osiyo
(Cherokee Greeting Song ©2012)
By Barbara A. Warren
(Melody from public domain, “White Coral Bells”)

o-gi-na-li-i o-si-yo to-hi-tsu My friend. Hello; how are you?
o-si-quu wa-do ni-hi – o-s-da wa-do Very well; thank you. And you? – Fine; thanks.
ga-to i-ga u-wo-du-hi-yu What a beautiful day.
do-na-da-go-hv-i – to-hi he-do-he-s-di Until we meet again. Go in peace.

Selu Gadu ©2004
By Barbara A. Warren
(Adapted from public domain tune “Shortnin’ Bread”)

Hey ya la hey ya
Ga-li-e-li-ga I am happy
Hey ya la hey ya
Tsi-yv-wi-ya I am Indian
Hey ya la hey ya
Tsi-tsa-la-gi I am Cherokee
Hey ya la hey ya
De-tsi-no-gi I am singing
I love corn bread
I love beans
I could eat them in my dreams
I love corn bread
I love beans
They make the tastiest Native cuisine
Chorus:
Se-lu ga-du a-le tu-yv Corn bread and beans
A-l(i)-s-da-yv-n(v)-di o-s-da-dv Food very good
Se-lu ga-du a-le tu-yv Corn bread and beans
A-gi-yo-si-ha ni-hi-na I am hungry. How about you?

Selu Sings ©2010
By Barbara A. Warren

First verse:
gi-ni-tsi se-lu (Corn Mother of Us All)
Se-lu sings
gi-ni-tsi se-lu;
Se-lu sings
na-quu de-ga-no-gi (Now she sings.)
i-gv-yi a-ge-ya (First Woman)
gi-ni-tsi se-lu
gi-n(a)-da-n(a)-to-gi (In our hearts…)
e-ni-dv-gi-ha (we hear her.)
gi-ni-tsi se-lu
Second verse:
gi-ni-tsi se-lu;
Se-lu sings
si-quu de-ga-no-gi (Again she sings.)
i-gv-yi a-ge-ya (First Woman)
gi-ni-tsi se-lu
In our hearts we can hear
Her song so clear
gi-ni-tsi se-lu

~ Selu sings the song of survival ~

This song honors Ginitsi Selu, Corn Mother of the Cherokee who embodies the power and the strength of women as life givers. Through her wisdom we seek balance and harmony so that our songs will travel as prayers.


South Wind ©2003
By Barbara A. Warren

Ya way ya hey hey a way ya
Ya way ya hey a way a hey
Ya way ya hey hey a way ya
Ya way ya hey a way a hey
U-ga-na-wv u-no-le South Wind
O-s-da a-yo-hi-ho-i good brings
U-ga-na-wv u-no-le
O-s-da a-yo-hi-ho-i
Way ya way way a hey
Ga-lv-la-di e-hi One Who Dwells Above
Do-gi-hv a-da-do-li-gi for our blessings
O-tsa-li-he-li-ga We are thankful
Ga-lv-la-di e-hi
U-ne-tla-nv-hi Creator
Do-gi-hv a-da-do-li-gi
O-tsa-li-he-li-ga

In Cherokee spiritualism the 4 Winds hold great powers. These spirit beings are placed at the four corners of the world. Their task is to attend to the cycle of the 4 seasons of the year. The South Wind is mild and causes all things to grow. In this song we sing about the South Wind bringing good things. We are grateful to the Creator for all our blessings.


Sweet Medicine ©2010
By Barbara A. Warren

Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha aye ha oh
Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha aye ha oh
Do-tsi-no-gi do-tsi-no-gi We are singing; we are singing
u-ga-na-s-da nv-wo-di Sweet Medicine
Do-tsi-no-gi do-tsi-no-gi We are singing; we are singing
ka-nv-wo-di ka-no-gi-s-di a healing song
Chorus:
U-ne-tla-nv-hi a-dv-gi Creator hears
di-ka-no-gi-s-di do-tsi-no-gi the songs we are singing
O-ga da-do-li-s-di-s-gv Our prayers
Ga-lv-la-di-e-hi a-dv-gi Creator hears
Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha aye ha oh
Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha
Oh way a aye ha aye ha oh

Sweetheart ©
By Barbara A. Warren

E-he-na di-na-da-da-tlu-gi come here; sweetheart
E-he-na di-na-da-da-tlu-gi
I-nv-(li)-s-gi-ha dance with me
Gv-ge-yu-hi I love you
E-he-na di-na-da-da-tlu-gi
Oh ya na hey yo
Oh ya na hey yo
Hey no hey yo hey no hey yo
Ho-wa-tsu gv-no-he-ha hey yo please; I am telling you
Ho-wa-tsu gv-no-he-ha hey yo
I-nv-(li)-s-gi-ha
Gv-ge-yu-hi
Ho-wa-tsu gv-no-he-ha hey yo
Oh ya na hey yo
Oh ya na hey yo
Hey no hey yo hey no hey yo

Usti (Baby) ©2006
(Cherokee Lullaby)
By Barbara A. Warren

U-s-ti ga-li-hv u-wo-du-hi Baby sleeping; beautiful
Sv-no-yi e-hi-nv-do a-ha-ni The moon is here
U-s-ti ga-li-hv u-wo-du-hi
Sv-no-yi e-hi-nv-do a-ha-ni
Ga-lv-di a-yo-tli Sleep child
Tsa-tsi a-di-ha gv-ge-yu-hi Mother says; “I love you”