Feeling like a boulder hurtling Seeing all the vultures circling Burning in the flames I'm working in Turning in a bed that's darkening
Raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, frontman Dan Reynolds later described himself as a "non-Mormon" with spiritual rather than religious beliefs. The tragic loss to cancer in 2019 of his sister-in-law, Alisha Durtschi Reynolds, left him pondering mortality.
"'Bones' is a reflection of my constant obsession with the finality and fragility of life," Reynolds said of the song. "I'm always in search of some evidence that will convince me that there is more to come – that life is truly eternal in some sense. Having yet to find that, I try to at least dream of what conquering death would feel like in a song."
Imagine Dragons released the mid-tempo rock-heavy track on March 11, 2022 as the first single from their sixth studio album, Mercury – Act 2.
Imagine Dragons wrote "Bones" with the song's producers, Mattman & Robin. The Swedish songwriting/production duo also helmed "Enemy," "My Life," and "Lonely" on their 2021 album Mercury – Act 1.
The Mercury – Act 1 track "Wrecked" also deals with mortality. Written by Reynolds shortly after the death of Alisha Durtschi Reynolds, it finds him hoping he and his beloved sister-in-law will be reunited in the afterlife.
The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" was named in March 2009 the official Rock Song of Oklahoma. Four years later, Oklahoma's governor Mary Fallin pulled the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office said had more to do with priorities than musical taste.
"Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man deals with lead singer John Gourley becoming a "rebel just for kicks" after having a daughter and settling down. "It's hard to be a punk when you're thinking about your baby daughter at home," he says.
"Cleveland Rocks" was written by an Englishman. Ian Hunter wrote the song after touring America in the late '70s and finding that Cleveland was by far the most receptive city to his brand of Glam Rock.