Grant Maloy Smith

Grant Maloy Smith

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Country - Americana | South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
Total Song Plays: 181   
Member Since: 2014
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Lyle Lovett, Rodney Crowell

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Song Description

From the Billboard Top 10 American Roots album "Dust Bowl - American Stories. This song is told from the perspective of Native Americans who were moved against their wills up into the Great Plains 100 years before the Dust Bowl, and who then suffered as everyone did during the drought and storms of the 1930s. "Isht A Lhampko" means "Have Strength" in the choctaw language. The choctaw were the first of the five tribes that were forcibly relocated by the US government in the 1830s "Trail Of Tears." Thanks to the cultural center of the Choctaw Tribe in Durant, OK for helping me understand their culture, and with these words and their pronunciation.

Story Behind the Song

From the Billboard Top 10 American Roots album "Dust Bowl - American Stories. This song is told from the perspective of Native Americans who were moved against their wills up into the Great Plains 100 years before the Dust Bowl, and who then suffered as everyone did during the drought and storms of the 1930s. "Isht A Lhampko" means "Have Strength" in the choctaw language

Lyrics

Isht A Lhampko (Have Strength)
Words & Music © Grant Maloy Smith

Earth below my blanket
Sky above my head
Just outside my vision
The sky was turning red

Water is our life line
Rain is like our blood
Why's our whole world dying?
Lord, what have we done?

But it's all right
We're still breathing
Isht a Lhampko
We're not leaving

Air has come against us
Clouds of humma roll
Listen to the wind song
Singing from his soul

Fire has cooked our rabbits
And lit our skies for years
We will not be beaten
We have walked the trail of tears

But it's all right
We're still breathing
Isht a Lhampko
We're not leaving
But it's all right
We're still breathing
Isht a Lhampko
We're not leaving

But it's all right
We're still breathing
Isht a Lhampko
We're not leaving
But it's all right
We're still breathing
Isht a Lhampko
We're not leaving

Song Length
4:17
Genres
Country - Americana, Folk - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Peaceful, Serene

Subject Matter
Prairie, Plains, Equality

Similar Artists
Vince Gill, Townes Van Zandt
Language
Multi-Language
Era
1930 - 1939

Lyric Credits Grant Maloy Smith
Music Credits Grant Maloy Smith
Producer Credits Grant Maloy Smith & Jeff Silverman
Publisher Credits Grant Maloy Smith
Performance Credits Grant Maloy Smith
Label Credits Suburban Cowboy LLC