Songs

Spirit  Helpers

Spirit Helpers

Welcome to the Song page

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We are currently teaching many songs in the Lakota language to support Ceremonies such as the Sundance, Yuwipi/Lowanpi, Inipi (Sweat Lodge), and Ghost Dance. Ongoing Ceremonial Song Classes and other events are all listed on our Calendar of events. To read more visit our About page. There is a strong need for more singers so we encourage anyone interested to join us.

The Singing Stone would like to invite you to our Song Classes take place most every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.in Crestone, Colorado. Please email for directions and to check availability. Our email is conjurespirits@gmail.com . We look forward to singing together. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin!

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Click here: Pipe filling song

Pipe Filling Song

Kola lece lecun wo!

Kola lece lecun wo!

Kola lece lecun wo!

Hecanuki, nitunkasila

waniyang u ktelo

Hoco ka wanji

yuha ilotake ci

Miksuya opagi yelo!

Hecanuki taku yacin ki

Iyece tu ktelo.

My friend do it like this!

My friend do it like this!

My friend do it like this!

If you do, your Grandfather

will come down to see you.

This sacred rite

when you sit down to begin

remember me as you load the Pipe!

If you do this, whatever you want

will come true.

(2x)

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White Buffalo Calf Woman Song

Oyate wamayanka po!

Oyate wamayanka po!

Le canunpa ki le wakan yelo

Oyate wamayanka po!

Oyate wamayanka po!

Oyate wamayanka po!

Le canunpa ki le wakan yelo

Oyate wamayanka po!

Oyate wamayanka po!

Oyate wamayanka po!

Le canunpa ki le wakan yelo

Oyate wamayanka po!

Oyate wamayanka po!

Oyate wamayanka po!

Le canunpa ki le wakan yelo

Oyate yanipi ktelo!

People you must look at me!

People you must look at me!

This Pipe before you, it is sacred.

People you must look at me!

People you must look at me!

People you must look at me!

This Pipe before you, it is sacred.

People you must look at me!

People you must look at me!

People you must lood at me!

This Pipe before you, it is sacred.

People you shall live!

teepee used for the peyote ceremony

Spotted Eagle Song

Miye toka heya anpetu owakinyelo

Wanbli gleska wan heyaya u welo

Miye toka heya anpetu owakinyelo

As the sun rises, I am first to fly

A spotted eagle is coming saying this

As the sun rises, Iam first to fly

(2x)

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Sundance coyote song

kola lemiyeca he wau welo, kola lemiyeca he wau welo,

wama yanka yo wau welo, anpe wi ki iyoh’late he

ociciya kinte ca he wau welo, wama yanka yo wau welo wau welo,

kola lemiyeca he wau welo, kola lemiyeca he wau welo,

wama yanka yo wau welo, hanhe wi ki iyoh’late he

ociciya kinte ca he wau welo, wama yanka yo wau welo wau welo.

My friend, this is me that is coming, My friend, this is me that is coming

Look at me, I am coming, Under the sun, I have something to say

I have something to tell you, that is why, Look at me, I am coming

My friend, this is me that is coming, My friend, this is me that is coming

Look at me, I am coming, Under the moon, I have something to say

I have something to tell you, that is why, Look at me, I am coming

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pejuta olowan

pejuta wan cicu kta ca, wayankiyayelo!

a medicine i am going to give you, look this way!

Painted Buffalo Skull

click here: Stone song 1

Stone Song 1

Tunkan oyate wan waniyang u ktelo

Wakankayo

A sacred nation is appearing.

Come and see

(2x)

see : Stone Nation Songs

A view from the arbor

Stone Song 2

Makasitomniyan hoye wayelo

Makasitomniyan hoye wayelo

Tunkasila wamayanguye

Makasitomniyan hoye wayelo

All around the earth I am sending a voice

Grandfather hear me.

All around the earth I am sending a voice

(2x)

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This Day Belongs To Me Prayer Song

Anpetu ki le mitawa yelo

Anpetu ki le mitawa yelo

Anpetu ki le mitawa yelo

Anpetu ki le mitawa yelo

This day belongs to me

This day belongs to me

This day belongs to me

This day belongs to me

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Pipe Song

Maka cokayan canunpa wan ahi unpahpelo wayankiyeyo

Hecaya uha hoye wayelo

(3x)

Thank you Song:

Thank you Song

Wakan tanka tunkasila

Wakan tanka tunkasila

Pilamaya yelo

Canunpa wakan ca mayaku welo

Pilamaya yelo

Wicozani wa mayaku welo

Pilamayaye pilamaya yelo

Canunpa wakan ca mayaku welo

Pilamaya yelo

Wicozani wa mayaku welo

Pilamayaye pilamaya yelo

Great Spirit, grandfather

Great Spirit, grandfather

I thank you

You have given me a sacred canunpa

Thank you

You have given me a good healing

Thank you, thank you

You have given me a sacred canunpa

Thank you

You’ve given me a good healing

Thank you, thank you

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click here: Animal calling song

Animal Calling Song

Tuwa tokiya kola wayelo. Tuwa tokiya kola wayelo.

Wankantanhan wanbli gleska oyate wan

Kola wica wayelo, sitomniyan wanmayank u ye

Tuwa tokiya kola wayelo. Tuwa tokiya kola wayelo.

Makata sinte sapela oyate wan

Kola wica wayelo, sitomniyan wanmayank u ye

Tuwa tokiya kola wayelo. Tuwa tokiya kola wayelo.

Wankantanhan wa he oyate wan

Kola wica wayelo, sitomniyan wanmayank u ye

Somewhere, someone is my friend. Somewhere, someone is my friend.

From above, a spotted eagle nation, do not doubt his power, he is my friend

Everyone behold! He comes to see me.

Somewhere, someone is my friend. Somewhere, someone is my friend.

From the earth, a blacktailed deer nation, do not doubt his power, he is my friend

Everyone behold! He comes to see me.

Somewhere, someone is my friend. Somewhere, someone is my friend.

From above, a mole nation, do not doubt his power, he is my friend

Everyone behold! He comes to see me.

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click here Spider song 1

Spider Song 1

Maka sitomniyan, okiya wau yelo, Iktomi wan heyaya uwelo,

Miye mawakan yelo

Maka sitomniyan, okiya wau yelo, Iktomi wan heyaya uwelo,

Miye mawakan yelo

All over this world I come to help, a spider says these things as he comes

Me, I am sacred

All over this world I come to help, a spider says these things as he comes

Me, I am sacred

(2x)

sacred fire

prayer song

Prayer Song
Tunkasila Wakan Tanka heya hoye wayelo

Tunkasila Wakan Tanka heya hoye wayelo

Tunkasila omakiyayo makakijelo

Grandfather, Great Spirit, a voice I am sending

Grandfather, Great Spirit, a voice I am sending

Grandfather, help me for I am suffering

Heyoka Thunder Being Song:
Heyoka Thunder Being Song

Makpiya mimemeya canku yape

Makpiya mimemeya canku yapelo

Henake akicita pica winyan wakan a canku yapelo

Makpiya mimemeya canku yape

Henake akicita pica winyan wakan a canku yapelo

(2x)

Clouds circling is their road

Clouds circling is their road

They are warriors, upon a road

around a sacred woman

Clouds circling is their road

They are warriors, upon a road

around a sacred woman

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Stone Song

Wankata peta wanlakelo

Wankata peta wanlakelo

Henake tunkan pica wanlakelo

Wankata peta wanlakelo

Henake tunkan pica wanlakelo

(2x)

Up above you have seen a spark

Up above you have seen a spark

They are stones that you have seen

Up above you have seen a spark

They are stones that you have seen

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Stone Song

Hoyemakiyayo cemakiyayo

Taku ya chinkia iyece tu ktelo

Tunkan sabicya eya ce hoye wakiyelo

Cemakiyayo hoyemakiyayo

Taku ya chinkia iyece tu ktelo

Tunkan sabicya eya ce hoye wakiyelo

(2x)

Send a voice to me, pray to me

What you want will be given to you

A blackened stone, you have said

So a voice I send to you.

Pray to me, send a voice to me

What you want will be given to you

A blackened stone, you have said

So a voice I send to you.

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Hanbleceya Song 1

Tekiya wahi najin yelo

Tekiya wahi najin yelo kola wamayankiyo

Tekiya wahi najin yelo kola wamayankiyo

Wiohpeyata kiya hoye wayelo kola wamayankiyo

Tekiya wahi najin yelo kola wamayankiyo

With difficulity I am standing

With difficulty I am standing, friend take a look at me

With difficulty I am standing, friend take a look at me

A voice I have sent to the West, friend take a look at me

With difficulty I am standing, friend take a look at me

(2x)

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Prayer Song

Makpia tipiwa ogna micagelo helo

Tunkashila ehapikun lecanu we

(2x)

A dwelling in the clouds, he has made for me

Grandfather you have said and done this.

teepee we used for the peyote ceremony

Ghost Nation Song

Tuwa tokiya kola lowanpelo

Tuwa tokiya kola lowanpelo

Tuwa tokiya kola lowanpelo

Anpo hinapeki itokabya tuwa

Lowanpe hena ehapi ca

Kola lowanpelo

Somewhere my friends they are singing

Somewhere my friends they are singing

Somewhere my friends they are singing

They have said this

My friends they are singing

closing Canupa song
Wayankiye yo, wayankiye yo, wayankiye

Canupa kile wakan yelo, wayankiye yo

Wayankiye yo, wayankiye

Canupa kile wakan yelo, wayankiye yo

Take a look, take a look, take a look

This pipe is sacred, take a look

Take a look, take a look

This pipe is sacred, take a look

Prayer Song

Hoksila wamayankayo, hoksila wamayankayo

Miyohan wan wakanca wanji koyag

Cinktelo anpe wikiheyaca kola wayelo

Child, take a look at me, child take a look at me

My power I have made you wear in a sacred manner

The sun has said this, so I am his friend

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Doctoring Song

Ga glinajin miye

Ga glinajin miye

Winyan ta canupi ki ga glinajin miye

Ga glinajin miye

Winyan ta canupi ki ga glinajin miye

Ga glinajin miye

Ga glinajin miye

Ikce wicasa ta canupi ki ga glinajin miye

Ga glinajin miye

Ikce wicasa ta canupi ki ga glinajin miye

Ga glinajin miye

It has made me stand before it

It has made me stand before it

a woman’s pipe had made me stand before it

It has made me stand before it

A woman’s pipe has made me stand before it

It has made me stand before it

It has made me stand before it

The common man’s pipe has made me stand before it

It has made me stand before it

The common man’s pipe has made me stand before it

It has made me stand before it

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Prayer Song

Wankantanka unsimala yo

He makakijelo

Canupa kile he uha hoye wayelo

Wankantanka unsimalayo

He makakijelo

Canupa kile he uha hoye wayelo

Great Spirit have pity on me

For I am suffering

This pipe I have prayed with

The Singing Stone!

Stone Song

Inyan wan hinajin wayanka piye

Before you a stone I have made appear. Come and see.

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Black Tail Deer Song
Maka kic’un pi, maka kic’un pi, sinte sapela maka kic’in pi,

tuwa eheha wayelo

Maka kic’un pi, sinte sapela maka kic’un pi,

tuwa eheha wayelo

They wear their earth, they wear their earth, black tail deer wear their earth

Someone I have made say they wear their earth, black tail deer wear their earth

Vision Quest

Stone Song

Hokaowin u welo

Hokaowin u welo

Inyanwan wakan yankina wana,

Hokaowin u welo

Hokaowin u welo wakanyan u welo

It is coming around

It is coming around

A stone in a sacred manner,

Now it is coming around

In a sacred manner it is comingVision Quest

Stone healing Song
Ilelea tipi ghi lecamu we

Ilelea tipi ghi lecamu welo

Ilelea tipi ghi lecamu welo

Ilelea tipi ghi lecamu we

Tunkan tatioblecha wan

Ilelea tipi ghi lecamu welo

Ilelea tipi ghi lecamu welo

Ilelea tipi ghi lecamu welo

Within, glittering sparks, I have done this

Within, glittering sparks, I have done this

Within, glittering sparks, I have done this

Within, glittering sparks, I have done this

In the lodge of the stones

Within, glittering sparks, I have done this

Within, glittering sparks, I have done this

Within, glittering sparks, I have done this

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wakinyan olowan

leciya ya tuwa makipan pelo, leciya ya tuwa makipan pelo

wiohpeyata wakinyan oyate wan, kola maki pan pelo,

leciya ya tuwa maki pan pelo, wiohpeyata wakinyan oyate wan, kola maki pan pelo.

over here they are calling for me, over here they are calling for me

to the west a thunder being nation, my friends are calling for me.

over here they are calling for me, to the west a thunder being nation, my friends are calling for me.

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kettle song

oyate hanta po itateya mawani yelo, oyate hanta po itateya mawani yelo

oyate hanta po itateya mawani yelo tehya wamiconza pe

oyate hanta po itateya mawani yelo, oyate hanta po itateya mawani yelo.

people move aside, i walk in the wind, people move aside, i walk in the wind

people move aside, i walk in the wind, a difficult time is predicted for me

people move aside, i walk in the wind, people move aside, i walk in the wind

Thunder Being yuwipi song

leciya ya tokiya mawani yelo, leciya ya tokiya mawani yelo

leciya ya tokiya mawani yelo, leciya ya tokiya mawani yelo

he wamakaskan wanji gyi cante eiyapa wayeyo, leciya ya tokiya mawani yelo

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click here: Kettle dog song

kettle dog song

leceya sunka wan yuta pe

leceya sunka wan yuta pelo

wiohpeyata wakinyan oyate wan

sunka wan yutape wakan yutapelo

Cottonwood trail

Doctoring Song

Inajin yo he waniyankinte

Tunkashila he waniyankintelo

Inajin yo he waniyankintelo

Inajin yo he waniyankinte

Tunkashila he waniyankintelo

Inajin yo he waniyankintelo

Stand up, he is going to take a look at you

Grandfather is going to take a look at you

Stand up, he is going to take a look at you

Stand up, he is going to take a look at you

Grandfather is going to take a look at you

Stand up, he is going to take a look at you

The Off Ranch

Bat Song
Hanhepi ki mita wayelo, wayankiyeyo

Hupakiglake wan heya u welo

The night belongs to me, look this way

A bat has come, saying this

Hanbleceya song

kola kawinga yo ehapelo, kola kawinga yo ehapelo, kola kawinga yo ehapelo.

wiohpeyata inawajina ahitun nawajin yelo,

kola kawinga yo ehapelo.

my friend turn around you have said,my friend turn around you have said,

my friend turn around you have said.

to the west I stand looking toward you,

my friend turn around you have said.

Sending the Spirits Home Song
Hoye taninyan kin najin pelo, hoye taninyan kin najin pelo

Tunkashila ta wokonze ca, lena cicu welo

Hoye taninyan kin najin pelo, hoye taninyan kin najin pelo

Tunkashila ta wokonze ca, lena cicu welo

(optional) Kola le wakan yelo

canunpa wa hoye cici apelo oyasin yelo

As we leave, our voices are heard, as we leave, our voices are heard

It is Grandfather’s will that I give you these offerings

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Quiting Song

Kola lena cicu welo wayankiyeyo, Kola lena cicu welo wayankiyeyo

Anpetu ki leciya cicu welo wayankiyeyo

My friend, I have given you these, behold them

My friend, I have given you these, behold them

This day over here I give you these offerings

Behold them.

Mama Elk

Important Details
When singing this style of song, be sure to pay close attention to the drumbeat. It is either a fast steady beat or a slow thunder beat, like a heartbeat. Some of these songs are hard to play without the right beat. When singing along it is helpful to tap along with the drum. Another point of consideration is distinguishing between vocables and lyrics. Vocables are sounds and are not written among the lyrics. Usually the syllable and melody of the vocables match the lyrical part of the song. Usually the song begins with vocables. Very rarely are the vocables after the words.

Crestone

When singing alone or without accompaniment you would sing the songs the way they are written. When singing with others you would use a call and response. That is when the song leader calls out the first line of the song; the group would then repeat that line. Some of these recordings have a call and response although they are written without it. As a rule of thumb with the call and response the group joins in just before the leader sings the vocable sound He. This sound is found at the end of some of the sentences He.

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Other things to consider in singing these songs

Some of these songs are specific to particular lineages. In that case only one or two words may be different from one tiospaye to another. Most of these songs are general and are sung by many groups and at different ceremonies. An animal calling song is for calling in the power of specific animals. A stone song is for calling in the powers of stones. Be sure you are not calling things unnecessarily.Morelia

These songs are very powerful and not to be idly whistled or sung in the shower. Put down a pinch of tobacco as an offering first. This can be placed in a special spot, it can be rubbed or sprinkled upon the drum. A little water is good for the spirit of the drum, but before singing songs always put down tobacco. It is important not to “cry wolf” with the spirits. If these songs are sung idly too much the Spirits may stop responding.

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By learning songs from a C.D. or computer they may attract lesser nearby spirits. They may not have the same impact until they are sung along within a genuine tradition. The more powerful spirits follow an oral line of association that is lost without actual contact with lineage holders. By singing and learning these songs here the spirits may eventually draw you into the ceremonies and traditions that use them.

Saguache

Do not sing any thunder being songs at night out of context. This will attract ghosts, it could be very dangerous. Thunder being songs call thunder beings during the day and ghosts at night. Honestly, one should never really sing any kind of song carelessly outside at night. In the event of attracting ghosts sing the “Sending the Spirits Home” closing song. It is good to know that song to send spirits back home, especially when it is helpful to them. Thunder being songs include any heyoka or kettle songs. The dog song should only be sung at the Kettle Dance unless practicing.

Kid's songs

Healing songs are for doctoring people. The songs themselves are a healing medicine. They can be sung in sweat lodge, Yuwipi, or on their own as a treatment. Canupa songs (pipe songs) should generally be sung when the pipe is present. If you carry a canupa it is O.K. to sing those songs whenever but always give a tobacco offering to the drum, especially when rehearsing. Pipe filling songs should only be sung while loading the pipe facing west. Again it is alright in the process of learning to sing the pipe filling songs, having offered tobacco to the drum and ending your lessons with the “Sending the Spirits Home” closing song.

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There are various different closing songs when reaching near the end of a ceremony. For instance, in the fourth round of the sweat lodge one might sing a closing offering song. Be sure to check with your leaders about this as they vary from tradition to tradition. Some of our closing songs may not be used by other lineages to close. It all depends on what the spirit helpers of a tradition are used to. When visiting a sweat lodge you know little about it would be safest to not lead any closing songs at all.singing andrea and Chris

There are a handful of songs not available here that are too specific. These are the opening Yuwipi/Lowanpi songs for calling in the directional spirits. They vary from ceremony to ceremony and from one medicine man to another. To get these songs you will have to learn them in ceremony. That is the only time those songs are ever sung. By learning all of these songs on our site we will become a Lowan Wicasa (song man) or a Lowan Winyan (song woman). Although not a prerequisite to being a medicine man or woman in the Lakota tradition you would have to be crazy to even attempt to embark on that path without most of these songs. Singers are integral to these ways, anyone knowing all of these songs are needed and honored regardless of race, creed, or color. If you put yourself out there you could travel the world over with expenses paid just singing at ceremonial events._LAN9244

 

 

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