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"In the Middle of the River" is a deleted song from the film, Pocahontas. John Smith and Pocahontas need to find a place where they can be alone. Pocahontas then quotes her mother "Whenever there is anger and hatred on both sides of the river, you can always find a place of peace in the middle of the river." The words "Lathuso Utatia Norwottuck" means "We will meet in the middle of the river" in Native American.

In an interview video "The Music of Pocahontas", composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz whose name is not to be confused with the one on Parachute Express sing this a demo version together.


John Smith:
If only there were a place we could be together.

Lathuso Utitaia Norwottuck.

John Smith:

It's a thing that people of the north say when there is war when there is discord.

Lathuso Utitaia Norw... (laugh)

John Smith:
I'll get it. What does it mean?

It means we will meet in the middle of the river.

John Smith:
The middle of the river? I don't understand.

Pocahontas: (singing)
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
Lathuso Utataia Norwottuck

John Smith:
Lathuso Utataia Norwottuck


John Smith:
We will meet in the middle of the river
We will hide in the heart of a 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 & (John Smith):
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
(In the middle of the river)

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

(dance break)

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 & (John Smith):
If there is no land for us, where can we look?
(In the middle of the river)
Lathuso Utitaia Norwottuck
In the middle of the river


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Films: PocahontasPocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldVideo

Video games: PocahontasDisney Emoji Blitz
Music: Original SoundtrackSongs from Disney's Pocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldThe Legacy Collection
Books: Marvel ComicsDisney Princess Beginnings

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingIt's a Small WorldPocahontas Indian VillageSorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveFantasmic!Feel the MagicFestival of Family & FriendsFollow Your DreamsHakuna Matata Time Dance PartyMickey and the Magical MapPocahontas and her Forest FriendsPocahontas SpectacularRivers of Light: We Are OneThe Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical AdventureThe Golden MickeysThe Spirit of Pocahontas
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Adventure Friends CavalcadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical Parade
Firework: Disney EnchantmentCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationMomentousTree of Life AwakensWorld of Color
Summer: Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Halloween: Are You Brave Enough?Frightfully Fun ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Original: PocahontasJohn SmithGovernor RatcliffeThomasMeekoFlitPercyWigginsGrandmother WillowChief PowhatanNakomaKocoumKekataBen and Lon

Sequel: John RolfeKing JamesQueen AnneMrs. JenkinsUttamatomakkinJesters
Deleted: Redfeather

Original: The Virginia CompanySteady as the Beating DrumJust Around the RiverbendListen With Your HeartMine, Mine, MineColors of the WindSavagesIf I Never Knew You

Sequel: Where Do I Go from Here?What a Day in LondonWait 'Till He Sees YouThings Are Not What They AppearBetween Two Worlds
Deleted: Different DrummerFirst To DanceIn the Middle of the RiverDancing to the Wedding Drum