Every Spring, for hundreds, if not thousands of years, the Prairie has been set ablaze by those who live there. They learned a long time ago that with the burning comes new growth. Back in the day, that meant the bison would be returning. Now it means the cattle and bison can feed on fresh grass, and the Flint Hills can be healthy again after a long winter.
Robin and Billie drove through the Flint Hills during burning time, and this song came from that experience. The burning is beautiful and frightening at the same time. Some like it. Some don't. But most say it has to be done to keep the Prairie alive.