Skin and Bones

Album: Fingerprints (2017)


  • Mike Eli wrote this song with Lori McKenna and Phil Barton. It was inspired by the Eli Young Band singer's relationship with his wife, Kacey. Eli recalled the session that produced this song to The Boot:

    "Lori is obviously this animal when it comes to writing, and that's one animal you really don't want to tame. I think when we had the idea, we started moving towards 'Skin & Bones' being this title, [and] we had to establish what kind of love song this was going to be."
  • Mike Eli explained the song's meaning:

    "When you're together - when you get married or you're with someone - for so long, there comes a point when your life is so intertwined that there's so much gray area between the two people. And I think my wife and I are like that - trying to figure out at what point did Mike end and Kacey start, or where is that influence coming from when we both act a certain way. She's so much a part of me, as I am of her.

    And I think that that was one of the reasons we went with 'Skin & Bones,' is, she's so a part of who I am that it's almost like she is in my skin and bones. She's every part of me. And I think we found a way to say that in a romantic way, that wasn't going too far into the anatomical world."


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