Josh Ritter Lyrics

All that love all those mistakes
What else can a poor man make?
So I gave up a life of crime
I gave it to a friend of mine
Something else was on my mind
The only ghost I'm haunted by
I hear her howling down below
Idaho, oh, Idaho

Wolves, oh wolves, oh can't you see?
Ain't no wolf can sing like me
And if it could then I suppose
He belongs in Idaho
Packs of dogs and cigarettes
For those who ain't done packing yet
My clothes are packed and I want to go
Idaho, oh, Idaho

I'm out at sea for seven years
I got your letter in Tangier
I thought that I'd been on a boat
Till that single word you wrote
That single word it landlocked me
Turned the masts to cedar trees
And the winds to gravel roads
Idaho, oh, Idaho

Turned the wind to gravel roads
Idaho, oh, Idaho

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Written by: Joshua Benjamin Ritter

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I love this state. I leave every so often but I come back every time. Kentucky, Michigan, Utah, none will ever be as beautiful.

This state has places that you can be truly alone. Nobody for miles and miles, nothing but you and the trees. I think about this song a lot when I'm out in the woods with my gun on my hip and my mind firmly fixed on the trail.

Idaho is the best state.

Faith Mackey

I LOVE the Celtic twist in his voice in this song. It adds so much.


Absolutely beautiful. Incredible job, Josh Ritter

Idaho Accountability Act

Love my Idaho. Kuna will forever be my home.

Joshua Hunt

never been to Idaho but this song makes one want to go. Idaho Idaho. great love song


Just to visit...everyone's welcome to visit anywhere else. Get out of your mind

Dillon H

Oh god, if your from Cali please don't come.

Gordon Rosenberg

+Joshua Hunt live there now, pretty nice place

Alex Clifton

I always thought it was "Idaho" itself...? He's on the boat and then suddenly the word comes to him and he is suddenly (mentally) transported back to his home.

jim trapp

First I've heard this song. Terrific!

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