"The Monument Valley" as written by and John Neff John Cooley....
It's all about where you put the horizon
Said the Great John Ford to the young man rising
You got to frame it just right and have some luck of course
And it helps to have a tall man sitting on the horse
Tell them just enough to still leave them some mystery
A grasp of the ironic nature of history
A man turns his back on the comforts of home
The Monument Valley to ride off alone

And when the dust all settles and the story is told
History is made by the side of the road
By the men and women that can persevere
And rage through the storm, no matter how severe
And whether it's a horse or a car or a train
There's gonna be some fine times and there's gonna be some pain
In the end it's a silhouette framed by the sun
And just The Monument Valley when the evening comes

It's a strong wind blowing on the open range
It's gonna be beautiful and it's gonna be strange
It's where to plant the camera and when to say action
When to print the legend and when to leave the facts in
And when to turn your back on the comforts of home
And wander round The Monument Valley alone


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"The Monument Valley" as written by Patterson Hood

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    General CommentI think it's about how much of heroism is actual, how much is perceived, and how much it matters which it really is.
    jesteringon March 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can certainly agree with that appraisal. Just a little side info on John Ford, (I'll crib from wikipedia since it's more succinct):

    "In particular, Ford (was) a pioneer of location shooting and the long shot which frames his characters against a vast, harsh and rugged natural terrain."
    mikedmostdon October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNorthern Alabama is the Trucker's Monument Valley.
    Tedvion February 26, 2009   Link

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