Half Breed (1:32)

Cover of Golden Greats

From Golden Greats and 11 other releases

“Half-Breed” is a song recorded by Cher and released as a single in 1973. On October 6, 1973, it became Cher’s second U.S. number one hit as a solo artist.

The single was the first international release from Cher’s album Half-Breed. The song tells the story of a young woman who is half white and half Cherokee. The song describes the troubles she faced, and the racism she experienced. White people often called her “Indian squaw” and the Native Americans never accepted her as one of their own, telling her that she was “white by law.” Cher herself is part Cherokee.

In 1973, “Half-Breed” topped the United States Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, becoming Cher’s second number one hit and second Gold single. The song was a number one hit in Canada, a Top 10 hit in Sweden, and a Top 20 hit in Norway. In Germany and the United Kingdom, the song did not chart.

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My father married a pure Cherokee
My mother's people were ashamed of me
The indians said that I was white by law
The white man always called me "Indian Squaw"

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