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Mounted on a bare backed palomino
fighting for the right to live in peace,
leader of the warrior Apaches
stood an indian chief called Cochise.

Six feet tall with long black hair
honest, brave and wise,
and as with all the Nations chiefs
their words were never lies.

He made a pact with the soldiers
they agreed Cochise could stay,
but when they hung some of his friends
he decided they should pay.

From high in the Arizona mountains
preparing his warriors for war,
Cochise would attack them Apache style
to show what he thought of their law.

Cochise attacked fast and furious
the amount that were killed was absurd,
but this bloodshed wouldn't have happened
if the soldiers had just kept their word.

After many years of fighting
Cochise was never caught,
and the government should not forget
the lesson they were taught.

You can drive them from their homeland
with attacks that never cease,
but you cannot break their spirit
or their will to live in peace.

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