The seventh song from Tori Amos's album Scarlet's Walk, following Crazy, preluding Don't Make Me Come To Vegas.
With her low-key, heart-stirring a cappella song Me and a Gun, Tori Amos discovered the power of the voice alone when it comes to reveal a message. In Wampum Prayer, she brings out that power to talk about another crime, not the rape of a woman this time, but that of a people and their land.
Scarlet's journey for this song starts in Tucson, Arizona and crosses the Great Plains through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and western Missouri. Visiting the site of a massacre of the Apache people, Scarlet is deeply disturbed and finds herself dreaming about those who were killed. She receives a nightly visitor - an old woman who survived, a link between her and the aboriginal people in the land. The full connection is made as she enters the lands of the Cherokee, the ancestors of Scarlet - and those of Tori.
The song is very short, and is almost over before you hear it if you don't pay attention. It could be a prelude to Don't make me come to Vegas, which follows it on the cd, but it is also a thread with a color of its own. Interestingly, the ending lines have exactly the same melody as a phrase in A Sorta Fairytale: "We're just impostors in this country."
In our hand
an old old
Trail of Blood
Greed is the
gift for the
sons of the
Hear this prayer
This is the tie