Kris Kristofferson – Johnny Lobo

This song is about the life of John Trudell, the former national Chairman of the American Indian Movement. In 1979 his mother-in-law, pregnant wife Tina Manning and three children were locked inside their house during an arson attack on it on the Duck Valley Reservation in northern Nevada on 12 February. The attack took place less than 12 hours after John had delivered a speech in front of FBI headquarters during which he burned a United States flag.

Once upon a dusty reservation
Somewhere in the land of Sitting Bull
Johnny Lobo played with fire and dreamed of open spaces
Locked inside a heaven gone to hell
All the dreams were gone but not forgotten
Murdered like the holy buffalo
But Johnny Lobo knew the rules and grew into a warrior
Fighting for his people and his soul

Oh…… Johnny Lobo
Oh…… Johnny Lobo

Loaded down with lessons that he carried
Home from Viet Nam to Wounded Knee
Johnny Lobo burned a flag he knew had been dishonored
Paid the price for thinking he was free
Someone set his house on fire, burned it to the ground
With his wife and children locked inside
Later when the bitter tears were falling to the ashes
Something good in Johnny Lobo died

Oh…… Johnny Lobo
Oh…… Johnny Lobo

In a darkened corner of a tavern
Burning down old memories again
Johnny Lobo stares into the smoke and dream of clouds
Running like wild horses with the wind
Holy Phoenix rising from the ashes
Into the circle of the sun
Johnny Lobo’s warrior heart was burnished in the embers
And the battle’s just begun

Oh…… Johnny Lobo
Oh…… Johnny Lobo


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