From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water
|"From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water"|
|(Op. 45, No.1)|
Cover, sheet music, 1909
|Music by||Charles Wakefield Cadman|
|Lyrics by||Nelle Richmond Eberhart|
"From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water" is a popular song published in 1909. Charles Wakefield Cadman composed the music based on an Omaha love song collected by Alice C. Fletcher. "Sky-blue water" is a translation of the name "Minnesota" from Dakota into English. Nelle Richmond Eberhart wrote the poem that goes with the music:
- From the Land of Sky-blue Water,
- They brought a captive maid,
- And her eyes they are lit with lightnings,
- Her heart is not afraid!
- But I steal to her lodge at dawning,
- I woo her with my flute;
- She is sick for the Sky-blue Water,
- The captive maid is mute.
A pretty, lyrical and jazzy version is performed by Harpo Marx in the 1940 film Go West, featuring his harp accompanied by a flute-playing Indian chief. Hamm's Beer also used the music for its advertising jingle. A snatch is sung by Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams in Scene Two while she is in the bathroom.
- Cadman, "From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water."
- Cadman, Charles Wakefield (m); Eberhart, Nelle Richmond (w). "Hamm's Brewery" (Sheet music). Boston : White-Smith Music Publishing Company (1909).
- Sheet Music for Four American Indian Songs Op. 45 No. 1; words by Nelle Richmond Eberhart; White-Smith Music Publishing Co., 1909, includes music for "From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water"
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