By Clarence Clearwater
- Mother’s Honor – A song in honor of everything female from the male
perspective. This is in accordance with Navajo spiritual values wherein we
view all entities as having both male and female within them. To not recognize
this in oneself leads to disharmony and unbalance.
- Moccasin Game Song – This is a winter game song. The moccasin game is an
interpretation of the Navajo creation story along with a game of chance with
clues revealed in the song.
- Horse song – Horse songs are songs of prayer, honor, respect, and
repentance for the lost place of the horse in our modern society.
- Skip Dance – The Skip Dance along with other dances are performed in
combination with healing ceremonies such as the Enemy Way Ceremony. These
social dances are done to create a positive attitude and atmosphere for the
healing. This particular song is a vocable, meaning there are no words in it.
- Leaving At High Noon, Skip Dance – This skip dance song has lyrics and is
the title of this recording. It goes as follows, "Girl. Tomorrow at high noon
I am leaving and you’ll be looking after me a bit worried. Girl tomorrow at
high noon sorrow will overcome you as you look after my departure."
- Dance For A Quarter, Skip Dance – Another song with lyrics goes as
follows, "Hey boy give the girl a quarter and dance with her. And girl, take
the quarter from the boy and dance with him." In the Navajo language the word
for "quarter" can also be used to mean money in general.
- Shi Na Sha – This song was first sung when the Navajo people were
returning to their Four Sacred Mountains after incarceration in the Bosque
Redondo relocation of the 1860’s. There are many versions of this song with
different words, but the "Shi Na Sha" is the mainstay no matter the version.
Literally translated it means, "I am going home."
- Honor Song – (with Amazing Grace) - A combining of two cultures to honor
those that have been or are currently in harm’s way due to the evils that
mankind perpetrates on itself using race, color, creed, or spiritual beliefs
as justification for war and killing. We, as the native peoples of this
continent, have survived a genocidal attack by immigrants that began over 600
years ago. An attack that was initially intended to obliterate us from this
world that they were so anxious to own. To this day, peoples all over the
earth are being killed in the name of someone’s war. Now I honor all those who
have been subjected to such acts, and those innocents who have been caught up
in this horrid situation of war. The "Amazing Grace" part is up to your
Leaving at High Noon
Guitar & vocals: Clarence
Guitar: D. Grigich on track 3
Track 1: written by Jay Begay
Track 2 arranged by Klaus Zandel
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6: Traditional
Kinliichiini (Toledo) clan songs
Tracks 1-7 recorded October 2000
Galaxia Sound Studios
Track 8 recorded February 2002
Atlantis Sound Studios
Jerry Dean, recording/mix engineer
I dedicate this music to Native
youth in helping to provide a new direction in music that is inclusive of
traditional Native ways.
Thank you Great Spirit and all of
our spiritual leaders. Ahee Hee, Shima Nina, doo Shizhe eh, Clarence, Kat, my
children, my grandchildren, and all my extended family. Mando Bando, Ruby
Dubois, Milo J. Mellow, Lightening Orange, Skip DeWolf, Fingers Xeno, Gary,
Ritchie, Jim Delp, Jerry Dean, Shonto Begay, Tim & Heather, Marie and The
Church Street Café, Ken & Marty Moore, & Bingo.
The greatest thanks goes to all the
people who have laughed, cried, and cheered. Thank you.