Sky Islands and Thank you!

 If I don't get a chance before Thanksgiving to say, "Thank you!" let me say it now - I am very thankful for your friendship and all the encouragement you have given me to follow my dreams in music.  Here's a song I wrote about Southern Arizona a few years ago. Come visit and keep the harmony! Lee

 

SKY ISLANDS

By Lee Robert – April 2007

         

1. Dust Devil wind, silent stone spires;

the naked eye can see, for a hundred miles.

Red standing stones, clay totem poles,

Cochise’s last, Apache stronghold.

 

Chorus:

And I remember when, I heard the cry of a cactus wren;

Old west is new.

And I’m travelin' on the ship of fools,

 Sailin’ the Sky Islands with you.

 

2. Chiracawa, and Xavier

Thunderclouds roll by, monsoon everywhere.

Wahaca, Tumacocori,

Ocotillo flames, as far as eye can see

 

Chorus:

And I remember when, I heard the cry of a cactus wren;

Old west is new.

And I’m travelin' on the ship of fools,

 Sailin’ the Sky Islands with you.

 

Bridge:

Desert vistas, and tan touristas.

Speak of travels far,

Catch a falling star.

Flaming skies turn starry nights,

Humminbirds fly outta sight:

Ramsey Canyon stream

A folk singer’s dream.

 

3. Big Foot Masai, stole a pinto horse,

From the Stafford home, some say of course

He was never caught, in the silent rock.

His spirit roams free,

He’s captured you and me!

 

Chorus:

And I remember when, I heard the cry of a cactus wren;

Old west is new.

And I’m travelin' on the ship of fools,

 Sailin’ the Sky Islands with you.

 

End: (sound of the Cactus Wren)

 

SKY ISLANDS

          Southern Arizona has many treasures that are subtle, and so have escaped people “loving it to death.”  Rick and I took a trip with our traveling buddies, The Snaders, and although I am a native of Arizona, I was surprised and thrilled to discover many things I’d never seen.

          The Chiracawa Mountains, The Dragoon Mountains that were the last stronghold of Cochise.  The names inspire the imagination.  Ramsey Canyon is an Oasis is the desert – humminbirds migrate through every April and August.  When I see a forest of Saguaro cactus I think of a forest of ancient trees – there is no other desert where they grow but the Sonoran desert in Arizona and Northern Mexico.  The Saguaros take a long time to grow, and if it has grown even one arm, it has been around at least 100 years.  They grow under a “nurse” plant which provides shade until they can take the hot desert sun and they outlive their nurse plant. 

          I am in love with the desert – even the dead Saguaro provides nesting habitat for desert birds – the spines of the dead Saguaro fan out on top and you can see the brilliance of natures architecture.           If you are lucky enough to travel this area in the Spring you may see the Ocotilla in bloom – Ocotilla means “candle flame” and the bright orange flower brush at the tips of the spiney branches of the Ocotilla plant are my favorite desert plant.

          Walking in the Chiracawa Mountains, on the way to a lookout tower, I saw an interpretive display that shared some of the myth and the lore of the Mountains: an Indian by the name of "Bigfoot Masai" stole a pinto horse from the Stafford home – he was never caught, but it is said that his Spirit is still felt by those who visit the area.

          This song was inspired by all of the wonderful myths, names and sometimes dangerous beauty of the Southwest: Chiracawa, Xavier, Wahaca, Tumacocori – this is the land where I was born.

 

Lee Robert
"Cowgirl Jazz"

www.leeleemusic.com
602-540-0063

8 comments

  • Karen Traut
    Karen Traut
    I love Tombstone too. I have the research done on a play about Wyatt Earp which I hope to write some day. His relative is head of the cancer center here and bears a strong resemblance -- however, no wild gunslinger he. And Thank you for all the great memories and music too. I have to scoot today - much to do before going out to see Jason and family in California for Thanksgiving next week. I'll look forward to hearing your new song when I return. And....how interesting to hear your family history of the move to Phoenix. I'd never known that before. I always knew your Dad was well connected, but didn't know how. He sounds like quite an idealist. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Love, Karyn

    I love Tombstone too. I have the research done on a play about Wyatt Earp which I hope to write some day. His relative is head of the cancer center here and bears a strong resemblance -- however, no wild gunslinger he. And Thank you for all the great memories and music too. I have to scoot today - much to do before going out to see Jason and family in California for Thanksgiving next week. I'll look forward to hearing your new song when I return.

    And....how interesting to hear your family history of the move to Phoenix. I'd never known that before. I always knew your Dad was well connected, but didn't know how. He sounds like quite an idealist.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
    Love,
    Karyn

  • Sherry Stewart
    Sherry Stewart
    Hi Lee, I feel the exact same way about you! Music has been an amazing midlife gift to me--And the friends I have made through it-- what an incredible blessing which I am so thankful for! I will never forget your first appearance at the Hoot. You nailed it with your Flat Tire Blues, which I still love! I also loved learning to sing a little harmony with you & Sally & Jenny on Wondrous Love, and your reaction to my Cup of Tea song--well, it just gave me such inspiration to keep going. Thanks for keeping in touch--and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. My near future is going to be busy, so I will keep in touch the best I can. I am starting a new job on Monday at the Food and Drug Administration. It comes complete with a sizeable commute. I hope I can keep it all in balance. Would love to visit you out there...or at least meet up in Jackson next summer. I know our paths will cross before long. take care & love, Sherry

    Hi Lee,
    I feel the exact same way about you! Music has been an amazing midlife gift to me--And the friends I have made through it-- what an incredible blessing which I am so thankful for!

    I will never forget your first appearance at the Hoot. You nailed it with your Flat Tire Blues, which I still love! I also loved learning to sing a little harmony with you & Sally & Jenny on Wondrous Love, and your reaction to my Cup of Tea song--well, it just gave me such inspiration to keep going.

    Thanks for keeping in touch--and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. My near future is going to be busy, so I will keep in touch the best I can. I am starting a new job on Monday at the Food and Drug Administration. It comes complete with a sizeable commute. I hope I can keep it all in balance.

    Would love to visit you out there...or at least meet up in Jackson next summer. I know our paths will cross before long.

    take care & love,
    Sherry

  • Stacy Dimattio
    Stacy Dimattio
    Hi - It's beautiful - can't wait to hear you sing it. I should keep all your emails for my "To Do" folder. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - I'm spending it around the corner with Susan's family. I hope to see you in January. I won't know until it's time to leave San Diego - my mood - the weather in Driggs, etc. But I'd love to see you and Carolyn and Jill - and visit Bob. I'll have my cell phone with me and access to the computer for at least the first two weeks of my visit. Love, me

    Hi - It's beautiful - can't wait to hear you sing it. I should keep all your emails for my "To Do" folder.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - I'm spending it around the corner with Susan's family.
    I hope to see you in January. I won't know until it's time to leave San Diego - my mood - the weather in Driggs, etc. But I'd love to see you and Carolyn and Jill - and visit Bob.
    I'll have my cell phone with me and access to the computer for at least the first two weeks of my visit.
    Love,
    me

  • Barb Conitz
    Barb Conitz
    Lee, I'm an Ed Abbey fan. Wasn't he buried under a saguaro? He wrote of the desert, loved it too. I'm going, tonight, to hear Kenny Bradberry at the Cowboy. He's an old friend; Britt even worked briefly with his wife years ago. And few of us were at their wedding at the N.E. corner of town square. Julie at the Cowboy showed me her wedding pix a few weeks ago. The then-sheriff married them, and we all went to the Cowboy to dance. I won't stay til 2am - no way, but will go to see and hear Kenny! I usually get a hug! :-) Barb

    Lee, I'm an Ed Abbey fan. Wasn't he buried under a saguaro? He wrote
    of the desert, loved it too.
    I'm going, tonight, to hear Kenny Bradberry at the Cowboy. He's an
    old friend; Britt even worked briefly with his wife years ago. And
    few of us were at their wedding at the N.E. corner of town square.
    Julie at the Cowboy showed me her wedding pix a few weeks ago. The
    then-sheriff married them, and we all went to the Cowboy to dance.
    I won't stay til 2am - no way, but will go to see and hear Kenny! I
    usually get a hug!
    :-)
    Barb

  • Marcia Reynolds
    Marcia Reynolds
    Hi Lee, THANK YOU. I love southern Arizona and have travelled the sites you mentioned. Great memories. Thank you for reviving them this sweet November morning. Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend, Marcia

    Hi Lee,

    THANK YOU.

    I love southern Arizona and have travelled the sites you mentioned. Great memories. Thank you for reviving them this sweet November morning.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend,

    Marcia

  • Hilda Villaverde
    Hilda Villaverde
    Lee, thank you for your sweet note. I also am very grateful for your inspiration and support. I love the words to your song....you go girl.....you keep giving your passion a voice.....and help us all break out of the silence that keeps women from accomplishing their greatness. Much love and Happy Thanksgiving to you. Hilda -- Hilda Villaverde Pluma Designs Inc. 480-922-9315 www.hildavillaverde.com

    Lee, thank you for your sweet note. I also am very grateful for your inspiration and support.
    I love the words to your song....you go girl.....you keep giving your passion a voice.....and help us all break out of the silence that keeps women from accomplishing their greatness.
    Much love and Happy Thanksgiving to you. Hilda
    --
    Hilda Villaverde
    Pluma Designs Inc.
    480-922-9315 www.hildavillaverde.com

  • Lyn Robert
    Lyn Robert
    Beautiful Lee... and I see how the poetry is written!!! Thank you!!!

    Beautiful Lee... and I see how the poetry is written!!! Thank you!!!

  • Wyatt Hurts
    Wyatt Hurts
    BEAUTIFUL ! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS ! I TOO AM A POET .. CHECK OUT THIS NEW TUNE I JUST WOTE AT http://donttouchmyjunksong.com/ MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THIS WILL MAKE ME FAMOUS INSTEAD OF ONE OF MY LOVE SONGS ! LARRY

    BEAUTIFUL !
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS !
    I TOO AM A POET ..
    CHECK OUT THIS NEW TUNE I JUST WOTE AT http://donttouchmyjunksong.com/
    MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THIS WILL MAKE ME FAMOUS INSTEAD OF ONE OF MY LOVE SONGS !
    LARRY

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