Drop of Water / Traditional Song


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Dana Lyons: Guitar and Vocal
Ted Schadler: Bass
Lone Wolf Circles: Yashika Drum
Sarah Evenson: Vocal
Bob Conger: Cymbals
Bob Conger & Dean Evenson: Engineers

August 3, 1990, Milton Born With a Tooth and the Lonefighters Society of the Blackfoot Nation used a bulldozer to remove an earthen dike to restore the Old Man River to its natural course. This action was the first step in the Lonefighter’s battle to stop the Provincial Government of Alberta from damming the Old Man River, a Blackfoot home and sacred land.

“The river spirit is destroyed when you dam the river. Our people have lived here for thousands of years. When you destroy the spirit of the river, you destroy our culture. And when you destroy our culture, you destroy our people. If we are to live, the dam must go.” – Born With a Tooth

Elwha Dam Removal in Washington State (9/17/11) was attended by many important people, including Washington State Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Governor Christine Gregoire. Dana Lyons performed one his songs, “Drop of Water.”


By Dana Lyons

There’s a drop of water on the wall
And the drop’s about to fall
And it falls into a trickle

And the trickle’s flowing down
Down, down to the ground
And the moss begins to grow
Watch, watch, watch, watch the water flow

And watch the current become a stream
Busting through the seams
Cracking through the concrete

Bending down the steel
In a raging that is real
A tearing torrent you can feel
Feel the thunder growing, thunder underground

And in my heart, the chain’s falling apart
The wildness in my soul
And for once in life, for once in life I know

I’m not alone, for the mountains make our bones
With the oceans in our blood
Our feet planted, planted firmly in the mud

We are alive, the burning embers in our eyes
The tingling touch upon our skin
And in the heat of passion we begin to understand

That we are of this land
That we are part of Earth
And when it’s threatened we will fight for all we’re worth

We watch the dam, the dam come crashing down
Water rushing to the sea
And now the river is free

Copyright by Dana Lyons
Lyons Brothers Music, BMI