"Grand Canyon" as written by and Patterson Hood....
We went to Grand Canyon
And we stood at the expanse
And we watched the rocks change colors
And we watched the shadows dance
And we probably didn’t say anything
As the sunset turned to night
We let the spirits do the talking
With cascades of faded light

And we drove across the desert
Saw the mountain range at dawn
Heard the thunder rumbles echo
Against the rocks that Gods were made from
And we drove across the wastelands
Until we finally reached the sea
And I wonder how a life so sturdy
Just one day cease to be

I’m never one to wonder
That the things beyond control
I stare off in the darkness
I'ma feel the highway roll
I feel the highway roll

And we roll on in the darkness
To some city far away
Lug our sorrows, pains and angers
And we turn them into play
There’s no time to dwell upon it
It’s this life that we chose
That made it all worth living
Through the horrors that life throws

If the recently departed make the sunsets
To say farewell to the ones they leave behind
There were technicolor hues to see our sadness through
As the sun over Athens said goodbye
Said goodbye

Said goodbye

There’s a white owl out my window
Soft-lit in fading light
He’ll go soaring through the clouds
And go hunting through the night
And in my dreams I’ll still can see him
Flying through a western sky
And I’ll think about Grand Canyon
And I’ll lift my glass and smile
I’ll lift my glass and smile

And I'll smile

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"Grand Canyon" as written by Patterson Hood

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    General CommentGreat song. Haven t given it too much thought yet. It sounds like fond memories of a departed loved one and/or friend.
    ruarchitecton August 28, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningFrom an interview with Paste Magazine in 2014 ():

    In mid-January 2013, the band took some time off from the studio to play their annual three-night stand at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga. The first night went great. Opening the show was an ad hoc band called Thundercrack doing Springsteen covers; the lead singer was the Truckers’ longtime soundman Matt DeFilippis, and the lead guitarist was longtime merch guy Craig Lieske. Lieske, the former manager of the 40 Watt, had become the band’s unofficial ambassador to the fans, if only because he charmed everyone who met him.

    So it was devastating when everyone learned that Lieske had died in bed from a heart attack after the show. It was all the more difficult because the band had to finish the other two nights at the 40 Watt and then leave for a short tour with an empty bunk on the bus. It was during that tour, as the bus drove from Fort Worth to New Orleans, that Hood, sitting way in the back, scribbled down a song for Lieske called “Grand Canyon.”

    “One of my fondest memories of my time with Craig,” Hood recalls, “was a trip to the Grand Canyon; he and I had spent a lot of time that day staring off into the glare of the distance. That memory unlocked the song, and I wrote it in 15 minutes; it took me longer to learn how to play it than to write it. I like the ascending and descending chord sequence that’s part of it, and I like the weird coda we added in the studio; it needed that kind of ending to pay homage to the improvisational music he did. I sang that song at his memorial service instead of reciting a eulogy.”
    swagvon July 03, 2017   Link

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