"Pick Up The Bones" as written by and Cooper/marlette....
Collecting pieces of my family in an old pillow case
This one has a skull but it don't have a face
These look like the arms of father so strong
And the ring on this finger means my Grandma is gone

Here's some legs in a cloud where my sister once played
Here's some mud made of blood and these teeth are decayed
The ear of my brother, The hand of a friend
And I just can't put them back together again

Pick up the bones and set them on fire
Follow the smoke going higher and higher
Pick up the bones and wish them goodnight
Pray 'em a prayer and turn out the light

There are stains on the floor where kitchen once stood
There are ribs on the fire place mixed with the wood
There are forces in the air, ghosts in the wind
Some bullets in the back and some scars on the skin

There were demons with guns who marched through this place
Killing everything that breathed, they're an inhuman race
There are holes in the walls, bloody hair on the bricks
And the smell of this hell is making me sick

Pick up the bones and set them on fire
Follow the smoke going higher and higher
Pick up the bones and wish them goodnight
Pray 'em a prayer and turn out the light

Pick up the bones and set them on fire
Follow the scope going higher and higher
Pick up the bones and wish them goodnight
Pray 'em a prayer and turn out the light

Now maybe someday the suns gonna shine
Flowers will bloom and all will be fine
But nothing'll grow on this burnt cursed ground
'Cause the breathe of the death is the only sound


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    General CommentAlice wrote this song after watching the evening news. The news story was about the war in Bosnia. They had filmed a man walking around literally picking up the body pieces of his family who had been blown apart by the troops that had destroyed the town. He was placing the body parts in a sack to take away for burial.
    Greystoke124on March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat can i say?Great Song...(No War)
    fiendforeveron March 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMy Friend Told Me Thats this is about Judgment Day... after i read the lyrics... i realized its about War... This Song is Totally Great...
    DJ Triggaon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI find this Alice's most disturbing song. There is zero humor in it which Alice usual hides in his songs.
    Tc
    TangoCharlieon July 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a masterpiece, and to me, it's definitely about war.
    pijuyoon August 27, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about a man deeply involved in crime life, like a mobster or something, and he comes home to realize that his family has been brutally murdered.

    He gets rid of the evidence by burning the bones. He wishes he could follow them up to heaven but he knows he cannot so he wishes them a prayer and goes to sleep:

    Pick up the bones
    And set them on fire
    Follow the smoke going higher and higher
    Pick up the bones
    And wish them goodnight
    Pray them a prayer and turn out the light"

    One of my all time favorites :D
    HotChocolate510on October 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a guy who comes home and kills his family in a schizophrenic spell. After snapping out of it, he realizes what he's done and begins to burn the evidence, hence "Pick up the bones and set them on fire"
    YourGun89on January 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentactually its about a kid who kills his family and realizes that he didnt want to then burns the house down and wants to be with family im heaven.hence"follow the bones going higher and higher
    devilnoangelon July 23, 2008   Link

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