Ok so this is one of my favorite songs and it is not possible for me to not cry listening to this damn song. I still love it though. It’s about the trail of tears. And if you don’t know the Cherokee Rose grew from the tears of the weeping Tsalagi women.
In 1838 when we were forced to leave our land and move west on foot. The women grieved and cryed so hard they couldn’t help their children survive the journey. One night around the camp fire the elders prayed to the creator for a sign. Something, anything that would bring hope and lift the spirits of the women. That next day beautiful rose began growing from where the women’s teas had fallen. The flowers have seven leaves; one for each of our seven clans. The petals are white for their tears shed and in it’s center it is gold from the gold that was taken from our lands. This wild rose grows along the route of the Trail of Tears into eastern Oklahoma to this day.
This is an original song by Jim Cook not to be confused with a much older song by the same name.
Song: Cherokee Rose
Artist: Jim Cook (flute player) and features the lyrics sang by Kel