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Listen to One More Crime while reading the lyrics, The singer’s husband informs her he is divorcing her, and she tried to salvage the marriage by enticing him to her bed.read more
The Wild Mouse Song: The singer imagines the boundary between life and death as an amusement park ride, then conjectures communicating with ‘little dead souls.’
A Wild Mouse roller coaster (also Mad Mouse or Crazy Mouse) is a type of roller coaster characterized by small cars that seat four people or fewer and ride on top of the track, taking tight, flat turns (without banking) at modest speeds, yet producing high lateral G-forces. The track work is characterized by many turns and bunny hops, the latter producing abrupt negative vertical G forces.read more
Ward Kelley’s notes when writing the lyrics for “Cicero Thrusts His Head”. Post also includes quotes, link to lyrics, slideshow and other useful Cicero links and information.read more
The Gnarled Bones team is very excited to have Don Whitakers Music, High Tide of Love, playing on James Fox’s radio show and want to send a huge Thank You to James and Blue Mountian Radio.read more
On Blue Mountain Radio KQBM LP 103.7 FM West Point KQBM 90.7 FM San Andreas. From 8:00 to 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Air date is 4/22/16.read more
The Gypsy’s Daughter Enters the Third Reich Synopsis
Sometimes overlooked in discussions of the Holocaust are the conditions of the Gypsies, or Roma, who were subjected to the same attempt at genocide by the Nazi. Over 200,000 Gypsies lost their lives in the Holocaust. This song is the story of a Gypsy father and his nine year old daughter, as they are led towards the ovens in Auschwitz. The lyricist, the poet Ward Kelley, says, “these lyrics came from the saddest poem I ever published, but I thought it important the story of this small family was told. The poem, named the same as the song, was later nominated for the Pushcart award, and became one of my most reprinted poems. Still, I must admit, it’s difficult for me to read or contemplate this story.”read more
James Fox: “It is my pleasure to announce another great concert live from ” Fur Peace Ranch ” with ” Chris Hillman ” & ” Herb Pedersen ” with ” Sally Van Meter “. This will air on 4/15/16. From 8:00 to 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. On Blue Mountain Radio KQBM LP 103.7 FM West Point KQBM 90.7 FM San Andreas.”read more
The purest form of love requires stripping away all inhibitions and defenses, and loving courageously, without restriction. Indeed loving with a pure faith your lover will reciprocate just as purely. The singer in this song advises to “strip it all away” and “love without a say,” using the analogy of a high tides eroding all the lover’s defenses.read more
This song is a rendition of a father’s love for his daughters. Every father of an adult daughter – at some point – gets a phone call late at night from the daughter who got herself in a bad situation, and desperately needs the father to come help her. The father in the song runs to his truck and drives into the night to help his daughter, thinking about his relationship with her, and concluding ‘there is nothing better than a daughter.’read more