Ballad of Dull Knife

  • Title: Ballad of Dull Knife
  • Writer: Conrad Askland
  • Vocalist: Mark Marino
  • Released: 1994
  • Album: New Faces ’95
  • Label: Road Records
  • Copyright: c 1994 Conrad Askland
  • Style: Folk, Ballad, Bluegrass, Native American

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Ballad of Dull Knife – New Faces ’95

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I have no particular place to go
Yet in bondage wherever I roam
I’m a poor man escaping the bitter cold
Yet this is where I call home

Promise me please that you’ll lay me back home
If it’s there at the end of my life
When they pick up my pieces all scarred and torn
They will see Life used a dull knife

I harbor no bitter consequence
Of any events in my life
But my future doubts grow more intense
While my nation’s cut with a knife



In 1992 I was playing with a country band at the Museum Club in Flagstaff, Arizona. Near the bar was an Indian Reservation and I got to be friends with some of the local Native Americans. They suggested I read “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”, which I did.

The song was meant to describe the pain of endless wandering to find home, when the person knows their home is forever gone and they will never reach it.

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1 comment for “Ballad of Dull Knife

  1. Laura
    May 29, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Powerful lyrics.

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