Go So Far

Lyrics (Cherokee/Nipmuck/English)

English Words & Music by Talitha MacKenzie

Winadeyaho, winadeyaho
Winadeya, winadeya
Ho ho ho ho heyaho, heyaho
Ya ya ya

Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaug
Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaug
Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaug
Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaug

You’ve got to go so far and not go any further
Know when to stop and not go any more
Follow your path but don’t block anyone else’s
And the Sun will keep on shining down upon you

Give to the Earth just as much as you’ve taken
Take just enough—never more than you need
Cut your cloth to fit—don’t waste any of it
But leave a bit for those who
Come along behind you

You’ve got to go so far and not go any further
Know when to stop and not go any more
Follow your path but don’t block anyone else’s
And the Sun will keep on shining down upon you

You’ve got to go so far and not go any further
Know when to stop and not go any more
Follow your path but don’t block anyone else’s
And the Sun will keep on shining down upon you

Translation (English)

I am of the Great Spirit
I have spoken

You fish on that side, I’ll fish on this side and no one will fish in the middle
(lit. the fishing place at the boundaries and neutral meeting grounds)

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