In the Middle of the River

“In the Middle of the River” is a deleted song from the movie; a love duet between Pocahontas and John Smith that was written before “If I Never Knew You”. It was only when this song was put aside that “If I Never Knew You” came to be. The concept is that different cultures that stand on opposing sides of the river will be able to meet in the middle of the river.

The following are screencaps of the concept art used alongside the demo presentations of the song. These screencaps were made by Ainaweth (aka Jackie).

Lyrics

Thanks to Daniel for the lyric corrections. Any other corrections are welcome at:
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Pocahontas
When the land is full of anger
When the fists of hate are shook
When there is no common ground
To be found where to look?

John Smith
We will meet in the middle of the river
We will hide in the heart of the cloud
If that's the place where we can be together
We'll be there somehow

I would sail to the sources of the ocean
I would climb to the foot of the stars
If that's what it takes for us to be together
We will live in the middle of the river

Pocahontas
In your eyes is a promise I believe in
In your smile is the path to my heart
In this life we will be together even
If we live in the middle of the river

John Smith
In the middle of the river

And now seeing the love in your eyes
It will carry me through

Both
The power of all the storms in the skies
Couldn't shake me, or tear me, or take me from you
Not from you

I don't know what they hate so much about you
I don't know what they cannot forgive
All I know is I couldn't live without you
Though we live in the middle of the river

And now, now that I know what it's worth
To have you in my heart
I'll scour every last inch of the earth
For a place where they won't try to break us apart

And if the only time for us is never
If there's nowhere with shelter to give
We will go where the wild winds make the weather
To the edges of forever
But we will be together
If we live in the middle of the river

Pocahontas
If there is no land for us
Where can we look?

John Smith
In the middle of the river

Pocahontas
Lathuso Utitaia Norwottuck

Both
In the middle of the river

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