The Painted Desert can wait till summer.
We've played this game of just imagine long enough.
Wait till summer?
When I'm sure the rains have ended, the blooms have gone,
everyone killed by the morning frost.
Is a cactus blooming there in every roadside stand
where the big deal is cowboy gear won in Japan?

The Painted Desert can wait till summer.
We've played this game of just imagine long enough.
Wait till summer?
When I'm sure the rains have ended and the blooms have gone,
everyone killed by the morning frost.
Is a cactus blooming there upon the Northern rim
or in the ruins of the Hopi mesa dens?

You met a new friend in the Canyon, or so you wrote.
On a blanket in the cooling sand you and your friend agreed that
the stars were so many there they seemed to overlap.

The Painted Desert can wait till summer.
We've played this game of just imagine long enough.
Wait till summer?
When I am sure the rain has ended, the blooms have gone,
everyone killed by the morning frost.
Was a cactus blooming there as you watched the Native boy?
In Flagstaff trailer court, you wrote the line:
"He kicked a tumbleweed and his mother called him home where the Arizona moon met the Arizona sun."

I wanted to be there by May at the latest time.
Isn't that the plan we had or have you changed your mind?
I haven't read a word from you since Phoenix or Tucson.
April is over will you tell me how long before I can be there?


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    My InterpretationSounds as if it's about a friendship in which one person moved to AZ and the other didn't and is waiting to make a trip. However, the friend who moved moved on to another friendship and is losing touch. It's lamenting that loss vs. accepting it. It's hard to be left behind!
    Fandiddlyon December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought this was about a long distance relationship that fell apart when the guy in Arizona hooked up with the new "friend" he met in the canyon. It's my favorite song from In My Tribe.

    My favorite part: In Flagstaff trailer court, you wrote the line:
    "He kicked a tumbleweed and his mother called him home where the Arizona moon met the Arizona sun."
    sharkycharmingon July 25, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationSome interpretive meaning lies within the context of the song's lyrics. The references to Hopi culture and the phrase, "...and his mother called him home, where the Arizona moon met the Arizona sun" refer to the matrilineal society of the culturally secretive Hopi. In Hopi mythology, the Hopi traditionally saw the goddess Spider Woman as their creator, "Grandmother of the sun and as the great Medicine Power who sang the people into this fourth world we live in now.”

    Inferences can made from that aspect.

    The constant queries into the disintegrating status of friendship/love is the call for assurance and comfort. Arizona moon expectantly intends to meet with the Arizona sun to reaffirm the connection now lost and in ruination.
    SuperRadDadon December 04, 2014   Link

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