Words and music © 1991 by Nancy Schimmel

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
He didn’t know what he thought he knew*
And someone was already here.
Columbus knew the world was round
So he looked for the East while westward bound,
But he didn’t find what he thought he found
And someone was already here.


The Innuit and Cherokee,
The Aztec and Menominee,
The Onadaga and the Cree;
Columbus sailed across the sea,
But someone was already here.
It isn't like it was empty space,
Tainos** met him face to face.
Could anyone discover the place
When someone was already here?


So tell me, who discover what?
He thought he was in a different spot.
Columbus was lost, the Tainos** were not;
They were already here.


Lyric updates since the recording was made:
*The line refers to Columbus being so sure the world was much smaller than it is, ignoring the fact that the ancient Greeks had measured it pretty accurately. 
** A more accurate name for the tribe involved.