Gnarled Bones Album

Gnarled Bones Album

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Gnarled Bones is a song about a man searching for his soul mate. He carries a sadness from this – which he calls ‘gnarled bones’ – with him throughout his life, sometimes catching echoes of her from a past life with his true love. Follow this man’s journey as he searches . . . and concludes he’s a better man for the journey.
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Gnarled Bones is a song about a man searching for his soul mate. He carries a sadness from this – which he calls ‘gnarled bones’ – with him throughout his life, sometimes catching echoes of her from a past life with his true love. Follow this man’s journey as he searches . . . and concludes he’s a better man for the journey.

Gnarled Bones Lyrics

(Whitaker/Kelley 2015)

I’ve no memory of the greatest loving

of my existence, only an odd feeling

of great loss, which I carry like gnarled bones.

 

All these bones I heft through this strange life, dragging

myself through the long process, yearning, trying

my damnedest to create a pure peace, my tones.

 

Know you’re out there somewhere, I see,

find you anywhere, I believe,

I’ll never stop searching, I’ll be

a better man for the journey,

just a good man for the journey.

 

Some call me crazy, living with gnarled bones,

bones in my music, bones in the very eyes

of my exuberance; why do they appear

 

when my will would grind them down like pumice stones?

Then her spirit hints, a déjà vu, belies

something I cannot grasp; she’s just a veneer.

 

Know you’re out there somewhere, I see,

find you anywhere, I believe,

I’ll never stop searching, I’ll be

a better man for the journey,

just a good man for the journey.

 

 

Glimpse her in the corner of a fresh girl’s eye,

in the tilt of a waitress’ slender hand,

Once I dreamt her say, “I fear you’ll never trust

 

in death, but then can you trust one such as I?”

She’s in the brown river of Time, I’m the sand;

I’ve always known she’s the steel and I’m the rust.

 

Know you’re out there somewhere, I see,

find you anywhere, I believe,

I’ll never stop searching, I’ll be

a better man for the journey,

just a good man for the journey.

 

Artist’s note:

Will and Ariel Durant (1885-1981 and 1898-1981) wrote in “The Story of Civilization,” that “When a Hindu is asked why we have no memory of our past incarnations, he answers that likewise we have no memory of our infancy; and as we presume our infancy to explain our maturity, so he presumes past existences to explain our place and fate in our present life.”

Gnarled Bones: A song about a man searching for his soul mate. He carries a sadness from this – which he calls ‘gnarled bones’ – with him throughout his life, sometimes catching echoes of her from a past life with his true love. Follow this man’s journey as he searches . . . and concludes he’s a better man for the journey.

Jesus & the Buddha:A man dreams he participates in the Crucifixion, and interacts with Christ. Then Jesus abruptly transforms into the Buddha. The man receives two epiphanies from the Buddha, which he reveals in the song, one of them oddly when the Buddha quotes the Blackfoot tribe. All in all, a once in a lifetime dream which changes the singer’s perception of his own life.

Variations on Emily: The song is a tribute to Emily Dickenson, taking some of her public domain poetry and adding original lyrics. The singer concludes Emily changed his life by teaching him to see things in a much different way.

Canterbury Meditations: This song uses the trope of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to muse about the possibility of reincarnation, how we’re all ‘rocks in the rock polisher’ of life. It follows the struggles of four of Chaucer’s characters: The Nun, The Friar, The Merchant and the The Knight, including long instrumentals to give the listener spacious time to reflect upon the character’s’ travails.

Lyrics by Ward Kelley. Ward Kelley has seen his stories and poems appear in hundreds of journals world wide. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose publication credits include such journals as: Plainsongs, Karamu, Another Chicago Magazine, Strange Horizons, Spillway, GSU Review, Rattle, The Chaffin Journal, Midstream, Zuzu’s Petals, Ginger Hill, Sunstone, Pif, Whetstone, Melic Review, Thunder Sandwich, Potpourri and Skylark. The recipient of the Nassau Review Poetry Award for 2001, Kelley is also the author of “histories of souls,” a poetry collection, and he has an epic poem, “comedy incarnate” on CD and CD ROM.

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Authors: ,
Genres: Alternative Country Music, Don Whitaker, Music
Tag: Music
Publisher: WardCo Studios
Publication Year: 2016
Format: NA
Length: NA
ASIN: B01M02KZEJ
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Audiobook Price: $6.99
About the Author
Ward Kelley

Ward Kelley has seen his stories and poems appear in hundreds of journals world wide. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose publication credits include such journals as: Plainsongs, Karamu, Another Chicago Magazine, Strange Horizons, Spillway, GSU Review, Rattle, The Chaffin Journal, Midstream, Zuzu’s Petals, Ginger Hill, Sunstone, Pif, Whetstone, Melic Review, Thunder Sandwich, Potpourri and Skylark. The recipient of the Nassau Review Poetry Award for 2001, Kelley is also the author of “histories of souls,” a poetry collection, and he has an epic poem, “comedy incarnate” on CD and CD ROM.

Kelley holds a Masters of Creative Writing. He published two novels “Divine Murder” and “Keenly Alive, Tony.” He also published two management theory books, “Warehouse Productivity” (2005Distribution Group, New York NY), and “Zen of Warehouse Management” (2005Distribution Group, New York NY), under the name Pat Kelley.

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