Run Indian Run

from by Jay Sewall

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[Lyrics by Thomas P. Kelly]

In British Columbia, long years ago
Gun-an-noot lived and the records show
An Indian of honour who had no foe,
And the elders still tell his story.
Accused of murdering two white men, he told his tribe:
“I have never harmed no one and never lied.
Now police seek my capture, what shall I do?”
And as one, all his tribe men replied:

Run Indian run,” they cried’
“White man’s law, not on the red man’s side.
They’ll take you and hang you, unless you hide.”
So he ran on and on, for thirteen long years.

They will tell of Gun-an-noot’s long, long flight,
Of the posses that searched for him, day and night,
But no lawman could catch him, though many tried,
While the years slowly passed, one by one.
Police continued their search in the summer’s heat,
Likewise in the winter’s snow, cold, and sleet,
Yet he always escaped them with his flying feet,
And at night he’d recall his tribe’s words.


The law finally declared he was not guilty,
Gun-an-noot then returned to his family,
But all of his tribesmen could plainly see
How that long search had taken its toll.
When he died, the white man sought to bring him fame,
And a lake and a mountain now bear his name,
But what good was that, for it has been said
You can’t read your tombstone when you’re dead.



from Duets 1, released January 9, 2015
Duet with Barry Nameth



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Jay Sewall Quebec, Québec

Born in Boston, Jay Sewall grew up in Montreal and played in Chicago in the seventies and the eighties. Based in Quebec over the past twenty years, he is today a legend in Canadian blues.
His new album, entitled "Duets" presents song collaborations with Valérie Clio, Monya Mathieu, Michel Goudreau, Swift Years and many others.
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