As Long As The Grass Shall Grow

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

Johnny Cash and the Carter Sisters:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
As long as the sun will shine
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow

The Senecas are a tribe of the Iroquois Nation
Down on the New York Pennsylvania line
You’ll find their reservation
After the US revolution
Cornplanter was the chief
He told the tribe these men they could trust
That was his true belief
He went down to Independence Hall
And there a treaty signed
That promised peace with the USA and Indian rights combined
George Washington gave his signature
The government gave its hand
They said now and forevermore that this was Indian land

Johnny Cash and the Carter Sisters:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
As long as the sun will shine
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow

On the Seneca reservation
There is much sadness now
Washington’s treaty has been broken
And there is no hope no how
Across the Allegheny River
They’re throwing up a dam
It will flood the Indian country
A proud day for Uncle Sam
It has broken the ancient treaty
With a politician’s grin
It will drown the Indian graveyards
Cornplanter, can you swim
The earth is mother to the Senecas
They’re tramping sacred ground
Change the mint green earth to black mud flats
As honor hobbles down

Johnny Cash and the Carter Sisters:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
As long as the sun will shine
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow

The Iroquois Indians used to rule Canada way south
But no one fears the Indians now
And smiles a liar’s mouth.
The Senecas hired an expert to figure another site
But the great good army engineers
Said that he had no right.
Although he showed them another plan, and showed another way,
They laughed in his face and said no deal.
Kinuza Dam is here to stay.
Congress turned the Indians down,
Brushed off the Indian’s plea.
So the Sinicah’s have renamed the dam
They call it Lake Perfidy.

Johnny Cash and the Carter Sisters:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
As long as the sun will shine
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow

Washington, Adams, and Kennedy
Now hear their pledges ring
The treaties are safe, we’ll keep our word
But what is that gurgling
It’s the backwater from Perfidy Lake
It’s rising all the time
Over the homes and over the fields
And over the promises fine
No boats will sail on Lake Perfidy
And winter it will fill
In summer it will be a swamp
And all the fish will kill
But the government of the USA
Has corrected George’s vow
The father of our country must be wrong
What’s an Indian any how

Johnny Cash and the Carter Sisters:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
Look up!
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
Are you thirsty?
As long as the sun will shine
My brother, are you warm?
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow
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Johnny Cash:
I met you in the shadows
And your face was all aglow
I remember it so well
Though it was many years ago

We both knew something happened
Without a lot to say
But we had other lives
And so we went our separate ways

But our hearts communicated
And every time we passed
We were gradually building something
That would forever last

Johnny and June Carter:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
As long as the sun will shine
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow

My heart was calling for you
When one night you came along
We danced around each other
But then we sang our songs

Our harmony was shaky
And the pitch not very true
But then you gave into me
And I gave into you

We had to fight the world
And we fought with all we had
We vowed to be together
Through the sweet times and the bad

Johnny and June:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
As long as the sun will shine
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow

I hear you whisper every night
May I have this dance
And though I’m not light on my feet
I always take the chance

We’ve gone through many storms
And often walked through fire
But always our love and faith
Took us higher and higher

We know the mystery of life
It’s love hard and long
June: I love you.
Johnny: I love you and I always will as long:

Johnny and June:
As long (as long) as the moon (as the moon) shall rise (as long as the moon shall rise)
As long (as long) as the rivers (as the rivers) flow (as the rivers flow)
As long as the sun will shine
As long (as long) as the grass shall grow

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