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“Big Mountain” is a true story about one person affected by the US federal program to relocate 14,000 Navajo Indians from their traditional home in Big Mountain, Arizona. Coal companies are currently mining the region.

For information write:
Grace Smith
Traditional Hopi and Dine’h Elders
Winslow, Arizona 86047 USA

For information concerning the fight to stop oil drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, Alaska write:

Sarah James
Gwitch’in Steering Committee
P.O. Box 202768
Anchorage, Alaska 99520 USA

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Dana Lyons: Guitar and Vocal
Dean Evenson: Flute
Bob Conger and Dean Evenson: Engineers

Lyrics

BIG MOUNTAIN
By Dana Lyons

It’s three o’clock in the morning
At the convenience store
I’ve been working two years here
Since I turned sixty-four

But tonight the full moon is shining
On the canyon that was our home
Though I no longer pack in the horses
On this land is where we belong

They moved us into Flagstaff
Bought us a brown tract home
Lilly died two months later
Now I live all alone

But tonight the full moon is shining
On the canyon that was our home
Though she lies in the dust of Flagstaff
On this land is where she belongs

First they put in the roadway
Then came the powerlines
The big trucks started rolling
When they started digging the mine

But tonight the full moon is shining
On the canyon that was our home
Though the water and silence are gone now
On this land is where we belong

On the land there was no payment for water
On the land there was no payment for rent
The sun and the soil they provided
And you didn’t need much money to spend
But now it’s four o’clock in the morning
At the convenience store
I’ve got two more hours to be here
And I don’t think I can take anymore

Cause tonight the full moon is shining
On the canyon that was our home
In the valley below Big Mountain
On this land is where we belong

Copyright by Dana Lyons
Lyons Brother Music, BMI