The Sky is Blue, the Highway Wide

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about

The infamous Lafferty brothers (Ron and Dan) committed a horrendous double murder in 1984 in the name of Mormon fundamentalism, described in Jon Krakauer’s book Under the Banner of Heaven.

The Sky is Blue, the Highway Wide finds them post-murder, out on the road and winding their way through the American West, contemplating murder, faith, and the Mormon angel Moroni.

lyrics

Earlier that morning I had a fever dream
Ronnie was just standin’ there sayin’ things aren’t what they seem
Not what they seem, boy
Not what they seem

So Ronnie grabbed the steering wheel and pointed us due West
We left that motel far behind, hearts beatin’ in our chests
We were blessed
We are blessed

The tears from days ago, just a memory to me now
The sky is blue the highway wide
And God above he moves in such mysterious ways
I know that now
Yeah I know that now

Playin’ cards in Vegas, the dealer knows my hand
Those hearts are gonna take me
All the way to the promised land
The promised land, boys
The promised land

And when a woman’s lies betray you
And darkness fills your life
I saw the light of the Lord on the edge of a knife

And the angel Maroni
Has shown himself to me
In that hour of desperation
The truth did set me free
Set me free, boy
Set me free

Set me free

The tears from days ago, just a memory to me now
The sky is blue the highway wide
And Ronnie says that God moves in such mysterious ways
I know that now
Yeah I know that now

credits

from Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2, released August 8, 2008
Musicians
Doug Stone—vocals and guitar
Robin Aigner—backing vocals
David Wechsler—piano and backing vocals
Gerald Menke—pedal steel guitar
Bob Hoffnar—pedal steel guitar
Ross Bonadonna—guitar
Dan Nosheny—tuba
Bill Gerstel—drums

Music and lyrics by Doug Stone

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