"Flesh and Blood" as written by Carnie/wilson Wilson and Glen Ballard....
Beside a singing mountain stream
Where the willow grew

Where the silver leaf of maple
Sparkled in the morning dew
I braided twigs of willows
Made a string of buckeye beads
But flesh and blood needs flesh and blood
And you're the one I need
Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood
And you're the one I need

I leaned against a bark of birch
And I breathed the honey dew
I saw a North-bound flock of geese
Against a sky of baby blue
Beside the lily pads
I carved a whistle from a reed
Mother Nature's quite a lady
But you're the one I need
Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood
And you're the one I need

A cardinal sang just for me
And I thanked him for the song
Then the sun went slowly down the west
And I had to move along
These were some of the things
On which my mind and spirit feed
But flesh and blood need flesh and blood
And you're the one I need
Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood
And you're the one I need

So when this day was ended
I was still not satisfied
For I knew everything I touched
Would wither and would die
And love is all that will remain
And grow from all these seeds
Mother Nature's quite a lady
But you're the one I need
Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood
And you're the one I need


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"Flesh and Blood" as written by Danny Elfman

Lyrics © Another Victory Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentIt's about June. That much I know
    briar_roseon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful love song. It reminds me of Scripture. Beautiful
    GabrielDeRoseon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song shocked me (in a good way) when I heard it playing in my local "Tuesday Morning" store. It's so...nakedly sensual? I didn't expect that from a song recorded so long ago (I should know better by now...). All I remember about Johnny Cash is that my dad played some of his songs on guitar when I was a preschooler; but after hearing this, I know I need to take a closer look at the Man in Black.

    To me the singer is saying that the pleasures of solitude and communing with nature are fine and good, but in the end he's a man and he needs the raw erotic joy of making love to the woman he treasures even more. The imagery he builds up of the outdoors and his relationship to the wilderness is beautiful, touching, and full of wonder, but then the refrain hits like a blow to the gut, making the joys of Nature seem pale and thin, no substitute for the richer, thicker pleasures of joining in "flesh and blood."

    It's a paeon to Nature, ultimately, to human beings as creatures OF Nature, showing that what we call our "base" instincts are no more (and no less) than the purest expression of wonder in Nature that we can know. It shoves the visceral intesity of erotic love in your face, while simultaneously raising it to the highest of sacraments. It's quite remarkable.
    ShinyAeonon July 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about him enjoying the beauty and peace of nature , but then saying that he is a human and humans need other humans for companionship (flesh and blood /humans need flesh and blood/other humans ) not just the environment that surrounds them. He is saying that although nature is beautiful and wonderful to look at and be around - we as humans ultimately need companionship of others - and he is singing about his wife June -saying that out if all the people in the world "you're the one I need ". So in this song he is saying how lovely nature is - but that companionship and his companionship and love /being with his wife June is better, and that's what he needs to be happy and ultimately fulfilled in his life more than anything else
    AbbieDon November 15, 2015   Link

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