Colors of the Wind

I was looking for videos by Max Schneider and saw one called “Colors of the Wind”.  As a photographer I tried to imagine what the colors of the wind looked like. An image of the Northern Lights appeared in my mind.

Listening to it I was captivated by the lyrics. I had never seen the Disney Movie, Pocahontas. I’ll definitely have to do that now.

As I try to explain new experiences to people, I often say something similar to one of the lines in the song, “you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.”

The song encapsulates many things I’ve been learning about Native Americans and their beliefs. The root cause of our damage to Mother Earth comes from the idea that the resources of the earth are just dead things that can be owned and exploited.

You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim

I have also been learning:

But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

My walks through the woods are much deeper now that I am reminded that everything has a spirit. I commune with the plants, trees, rocks, birds, squirrels and everything.

Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Max says, “really excited for you guys to hear this version of ‘Colors Of The Wind’ from Disney’s Pocahontas that I put together for ‘Everybody Loves Disney.’ This one’s a classic and was definitely one of my favorites as a kid, so I hope you all dig it.”

You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they’re worth
The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other,
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or let the eagle tell you where he’s been
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you’ll never know

And you’ll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper-skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountain
Need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the earth and still
All you’ll own is earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind

Songwriters: Alan Menken,Stephen Laurence Schwartz
© Walt Disney Music Company
For non-commercial use only.

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