"Bones in the Sky" as written by and Dan Fogelberg....
Up through the branches
The stars shine above on the arroyos and mesas you loved
And as the moon rises, the black mountain mourns
For the old friend he'll look on no more

Jacks-in-the-Pulpit, bones in the sky
Long winding rivers that never ran dry
And the secrets she gathered from the wild blowing sands
Breathed in her heart and her hands

I sing to your spirit where all my dreams dwell
The vision--the freedom, the life lived so well
And I sing in your canyons and the echoes ring clear
And I wish somehow you may still hear


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"The Bones in the Sky" as written by Dan Fogelberg

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    Song MeaningThe imagery of this song references the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, best known for images of the American Southwest and extreme close-ups of flowers. Her work was vivid, colorful, and often interpreted as sensual.

    O'Keeffe died in 1986 at the age of 98. This song was released in 1990. Dan Fogelberg, the composer and singer, also focused on the American West. This song makes it clear he considered her an influence. I speculate the lyrics line up to individual paintings, but I'm not familiar enough with O'Keeffe's work to lay it out. I hope an art fan will enlighten us in another comment.

    While O'Keeffe had bones as a major theme, one particularly famous work may have inspired the title: "Ram's Head, White Hollyhock and Little Hills," 1935, shows a bleached ram's head against a blue sky over the desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    gementon February 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentUnfortunately, the lyrics above are for the song "Spirit Trail", which appeared on the same album Wild Places. "Bones in the Sky" is a beautiful song, and, indeed, a tribute to the artist Georgia O'Keefe. It's a grave disservice to display the wrong lyrics here.

    Try:
    Bones In The Sky

    Up through the branches
    The stars shine above on the arroyos and mesas you loved
    And as the moon rises, the black mountain mourns
    For the old friend he'll look on no more

    Jacks-in-the-Pulpit, bones in the sky
    Long winding rivers that never ran dry
    And the secrets she gathered from the wild blowing sands
    Breathed in her heart and her hands

    I sing to your spirit where all my dreams dwell
    The vision--the freedom, the life lived so well
    And I sing in your canyons and the echoes ring clear
    And I wish somehow you may still hear


    jimbo19355on January 28, 2014   Link

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