words & music by Annie Wilson 
from CD Music of the Emma Chase)

Album Note:  This song is a collage of images and experiences that symbolize "home" to many of us in the Flint Hills.  Wildlife, native plants, horses, cattle, kind neighbors - all make me feel lucky to live in this place and are "the reasons I never will go."


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The striped turkey feather by the tracks of a coon 
The butterfly milkweeds on the hillsides in June 
The soft purple glow of the redbuds in bloom 
The young coyote’s siren to the bright quarter moon 

        The splash of my dog as he jumps in the creek
        Then shakes himself off all over my feet 
        The gentle clean sound of the creek water flow 
        These are the reasons I call this place home 

The sway and the rhythm as my horse moves along
His shiny black coat and his muscles so strong 
The bittersweet smell of the leather and sweat 
It’s the best place to be -  that I know of yet 

        The brown dots of cattle beneath sun rise 
        The shimmer of dew on the grass till it dries 
        The blue pitcher sage in the fall Indian grass 
        This is the place where I’ll let my years pass 

The cloud shadows racing across the green hills 
The ancient stone spearhead we found in the field 
The meadow sweet smell of a new bale of hay 
A thunderhead building on a hot summer day 

        The fireflies flashing in the dark summer night 
        The moon breaking through a dark stormy sky 
        The hoot owl’s clear call in the evening’s pink glow 
        These are the reasons I never will go 

The buckeyes in flower in the first days of spring 
The long lonesome whistle of a hawk on the wing 
The doe’s gentle glide as she clears the top wire 
The crackle and blaze of a night prairie fire 

        The church baby shower and the young mother’s eyes
        As she kisses her baby and the ladies all sigh 
        The old timer’s tales as he opens the past  
        I know this is why in this place I will last 

        Yes, these are the reasons I call this place home.