From the archives, Arkansas bluegrass / folk singer John Henry Holthus passing through San Francisco, performing his ‘Blood and Bone’ while at ‘Tattoo Boogaloo’ in North Beach, 11/25/2015.

It’s a beautiful song about a mother’s life, death, and legacy.

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Blood and Bone Lyrics…

there’s no open hearse and rigor mortis set and she lies
on the gurney as stiff as a mannequin,

but that’s not my mother just ex-shadow of her and now i must wonder what our flesh is

is this all i am or am i more than this
does the real me just need a place to call home

but this is not all of me, that’d be a travesty
we are not simply the sum of our blood and bone

blood and bone
blood and bone
blood, blood and bone

i won’t believe i’m nothin’ more

blood and bone
blood and bone
blood, blood and bone

cut me to the core so i can see i am more than just blood and bone, so i see i’m more than blood and bone

she might be in the ground
Oh but still joy it can be found
by remembering, how she lived, when she was around

and her teachings well they live on, through her daughters and through her sons, yes, and that way, we know her soul is glory bound, yes, and that way, we know
her soul is glory bound, glory bound

through her teachings we have grown and that is how we
know she was not simply the sum of her blood and bone

yes, through her teachings we have grown and that is how we know she was not simply the sum of her blood and bone

blood and bone
blood and bone
blood, blood and bone

i won’t believe i’m nothing more

blood and bone
blood and bone
blood, blood and bone

cut me to the core

blood and bone
blood and bone
blood, blood and bone

so i can see i am more than blood and bone

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