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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
They call! They come! Ah hey hey they, Ah hey hey they, Ah hey hey they,
Ah hey they.
"Day" is the symbol of life; the kernels are coming "into the light of day" in the original Ritual Song, meaning they are entering into life. They call as they come, struggling and pushing their way through the breaking earth. This life movement should be indi­cated by the motions of the dancers as they pass in groups with rhythmic steps from one little hill to an­other. Directions as to how these motions should be made would hardly be helpful; the dancers can best plan this pantomime.
4 Again the call!
Two feeble leaves are seen,
They call! They call!
Soon shall we stand clad with green!
Refrain:           Hey hey they,
Ah hey hey they,
Ah hey hey they,
They call! They call!
Ah hey hey they,
Ah hey hey they,
Ah hey hey they,
Ah hey they.
The original Ritual Song tells that the feeble leaves, the first shoots, cannot stand or support themselves; they are helpless as infants. But they have come to the "light
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III