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The Artist: Leonard Sumner

The Community: Sandy Bay First Nation, MB


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About Leonard Sumner

With his roots in Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Leonard Sumner dubs his music “Rez Poetry”, an acoustic fusion of hip hop and country. With just over a day to write and perform a tribute song for Sandy Bay First Nation, Leonard channels his experience in the community and delivers his insightful word craft to the people. Sandy Bay all the way!
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All The Way


I was born in troubled times
I speak the language of this land

listen close to understand
listen close to understand

I have made it through the floods
I have made it through the droughts

this has always been my home
this will always be my home

B A

If you need a helping hand
send your word, I’m on my way
If you need a helping hand
I will help you all the way

E A B7

I was born in troubled times
but they were not meant to stay
I was born in to this love
and I will always be that way
If you seen what I have seen
It wouldn’t seem so bittersweet

B A

These dusty roads, they aint so bad
These dusty roads, they aint so bad

(Repeat 1st Part)