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The Artist In The Ambulance
Thrice Lyrics


Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can't stop, so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I
Feel an angel lift me up

And I open bloodshot eyes
Into fluorescent white
They flip the siren, hit the lights
Close the doors, and I am gone

Now I lay here owing my life
To a stranger, and I realize
That empty words are not enough
I'm left here with the question of just

What have I to show except
The promises I never kept?
I lie here shaking on this bed
Under the weight of my regrets

I hope, that I will never let you down
I know, that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sounds

Look around and you'll see that at times
It feels like no one really cares
It gets me down, but I'm still gonna try to
Do what's right, I know that there's a

Difference between sleight of hand
And giving everything you have
There's a line drawn in the sand
I'm working up the will to cross it

And I hope, that I will never let you down
I know, that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sounds

Rhetoric can't raise the dead, I'm sick of always talking
When there's no change
Rhetoric can't raise the dead, I'm sick of empty words
Let's lead, and not follow

Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can't stop, so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I
Feel an angel steal me from the

Greedy jaws of death and chance
And pull me in with steady hands
They've given me a second chance
The artist in the ambulance

I hope, that I will never let you down
I know, that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sounds

Can we pick you off the ground?
More than flashing lights and sounds

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Dustin Michael Kensrue, Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Teppei Teranishi

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Darth Darius

[Intro]
Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can't stop so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I feel an angel lift me up
And I open bloodshot eyes into fluorescent white
They flip the siren, hit the lights
Close the doors and I am gone

[Verse 1]
Now I lay here owing my life to a stranger
And I realize that empty words are not enough
I'm left here with the question of just
What have I to show except
The promises I never kept?
I lie here shaking on this bed
Under the weight of my regrets

[Chorus]
I hope that I will never let you down
I know that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sound

[Verse 2]
Look around and you'll see that at times
It feels like no one really cares
It gets me down but I'm still gonna try to do what's right
I know that there's
A difference between sleight of hand
And giving everything you have
There's a line drawn in the sand
I'm working up the will to cross it

[Chorus]
I hope that I will never let you down
I know that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sound

[Bridge]
Rhetoric can't raise the dead
I'm sick of always talking when there's no change
Rhetoric can't raise the dead
I'm sick of empty words, let's lead and not follow

Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can't stop so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I feel an angel steal me from the
Greedy jaws of death and chance and
Pull me in with steady hands
They've given me a second chance
The artist in the ambulance

[Outro]
I hope that I will never let you down
I know that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sound
Can we pick you off the ground?
More than flashing lights and sound



erick huntsman

Hello darkness my old friend,
It's me again
just wanna say
I don't wanna live today
But it's okay
That's what I always say.
"I'll be okay"

There's nothing worse than being strapped to a gearny thinking about fighting the EMTs knowing you have no choice. If you're struggling don't speak.SCREAM!
"I NEED HELP!"
as a young child I never thought I'd live to experience the day that I'd become the greatest threat to my own well being. All my foes have since moved on yet I still feel the thrash of the whip cracking down on me. I live moment to moment and day to day "I'm fine, I always have been and always will be" a phrase that kept me alive through a torturous decade of severe and undiagnosed PTSD that would almost cost me my life 3 times within 2 years.

I'll survive, if only out of spite for those who said I'd never make it but this song along with OCEANA-BIRTHEATER(THE ALBUM) kept my feet shuffling through all those terrifying multiday black outs as a kid.

Nothing short of gospel.



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Cody York

2020 and hearing this song still brings back some of the best memories in High School!

manic pixie dream girl

Same. I miss the MySpace, xanga, AIM days. Taking pictures on a digital camera. Texting on your flip phone or sidekick. I’m positive these lyrics were in my away message at the time.

siqnoir

I was 7 when this song came out… so happy I went through my scene phase in high school so I could come across amazing bands like this.

William johnson

If you don't cry youre a sociopath, I am and its still a horrifying song of loss.

William johnson

I don't think anywhere gets it that isn't praising.....this song is so heartbreaking

William johnson

I'm 32 and now it's full of terrible love. But the nostalgia is there.

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Juan Solis

Thrice helped me get through some of my darkest times. I struggled with addiction from the age of twelve, and these guys were like a lighthouse. Here I am now 38 years old and after 26 years in addiction I am 6 months clean. Thanks Thrice, continue to shine

Arthur Oliveira

keep on going my friend! i'm very happy for you rn

Brian Degnan

I'm happy for you. Earlier this year I got sober but now have relapsed. Thanks for inspiring me

Archimagirus Sancti

Holy cow, last time I listened to Thrice I was breaking bones on my skateboard. Now I'm Catholic, married, and am a dad, and it's even better. Dustin, Riley, all of y'all are brilliant musicians

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