Cuyahoga Valley National Park

“Ice Bat”

Inspired by Cuyahoga Valley National Park, September 2014

I visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park while on tour with Royal Holland between dates in Cleveland and Canton, OH in September 2014. During our brief visit I saw that Ice Box Cave was closed to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of cave-hibernating bats caused by a fungus.

NPT006: “Ice Bat”

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
©2013 Kendall Bruns, Cuyahoga Valley National Park



I was inspired to come back and flesh out this song in honor of #BatWeek. This quick recording was done in my apartment with my trusty old Ibanez acoustic guitar.



“Ice Bat”
Written by Kendall Bruns

Ice bat
Please make a comeback
You’ve gotta fight back
Please don’t die

I’d like to think that
You’re gonna swing back
Fully recover and return
To the sky

Flying in the night
Is the right time for you to fly your way
But you’ve been flying in the day

You’ve been acting strange
I know this Winter’s been insane but I don’t like
To see you going on this way

I see a sadness in your eyes today
I wish I could force that pain away


Big brown bat, tri-colored bat, hoary bat, Indiana bat
Little brown bat, red bat, northern long-eared bat
We need you

You prey on the insects
And they need to die


Cuyahoga Valley National Park
©2013 Kendall Bruns, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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