Thin Blue Flame
Josh Ritter Lyrics


I became a thin blue flame
Polished on a mountain range
And over hills and fields I flew
Wrapped up in a royal blue
I flew over Royal City last night
A bullfighter on the horns of a new moon's light
Caesar's ghost I saw the war-time tides
The prince of Denmark's father's still and quiet
And the whole world was looking to get drowned
Trees were a fist shaking themselves at the clouds
I looked over curtains and it was then that I knew
Only a full house gonna make it through

I became a thin blue wire
That held the world above the fire
And so it was I saw behind
Heaven's just a thin blue line
If God's up there he's in a cold dark room
The heavenly host are just the cold dark moons
He bent down and made the world in seven days
And ever since he's been a'walking away
Mixing with nitrogen in lonely holes
Where neither seraphim or raindrops go
I see an old man wandering the halls alone
Only a full house gonna make a home

I became a thin blue stream
The smoke between asleep and dreams
And in that clear blue undertow
I saw Royal City far below
Borders soft with refugees
Streets a'swimming with amputees
It's a Bible or a bullet they put over your heart
It's getting harder and harder to tell them apart
Days are nights and the nights are long
Beating hearts blossom into walking bombs
And those still looking in the clear blue sky for a sign
Get missiles from so high they might as well be divine
Now the wolves are howling at our door
Singing bout vengeance like it's the joy of the Lord
Bringing justice to the enemies not the other way round
They're guilty when killed and they're killed where they're found
If what's loosed on earth will be loosed up on high
It's a Hell of a Heaven we must go to when we die
Where even Laurel begs Hardy for vengeance please
The fat man is crying on his hands and his knees
Back in the peacetime he caught roses on the stage
Now he twists indecision takes bourbon for rage
Lead pellets peppering aluminum
Halcyon, laudanum and Opium
Sings kiss thee hardy this poisoned cup
His winding sheet is busy winding up
In darkness he looks for the light that has died
But you need faith for the same reasons that it's so hard to find
And this whole thing is headed for a terrible wreck
And like good tragedy that's what we expect
At night I make plans for a city laid down
Like the hips of a girl on the spring covered ground
Spirals and capitals like the twist of a script
Streets named for heroes that could almost exist
The fruit trees of Eden and the gardens that seem
To float like the smoke from a lithium dream
Cedar trees growing in the cool of the squares
The young women walking in the portals of prayer
And the future glass buildings and the past an address
And the weddings in pollen and the wine bottomless
And all wrongs forgotten and all vengeance made right
The suffering verbs put to sleep in the night
The future descending like a bright chandelier
And the world just beginning and the guests in good cheer
In Royal City I fell into a trance
Oh it's hell to believe there ain't a hell of a chance

I woke beneath a clear blue sky
The sun a shout the breeze a sigh
My old hometown and the streets I knew
Were wrapped up in a royal blue
I heard my friends laughing out across the fields
The girls in the gloaming and the birds on the wheel
The raw smell of horses and the warm smell of hay
Cicadas electric in the heat of the day
A run of Three Sisters and the flush of the land
And the lake was a diamond in the valley's hand
The straight of the highway and the scattered out hearts
They were coming together they pulling apart
And angels everywhere were in my midst
In the ones that I loved in the ones that I kissed
I wondered what it was I'd been looking for up above
Heaven is so big there ain't no need to look up
So I stopped looking for royal cities in the air
Only a full house gonna have a prayer

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Written by: JOSH RITTER

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Joe Steen

For Dean,
There are actually good Cowboys.

"I became a thin blue flame,
Polished on a mountain range,
And over hills and fields I flew,
Wrapped up in a royal blue,

I flew over royal city last night,
We're fighting the harms of a new born light,
Cesar's ghost I saw the wartime tides,
The prince of Denmark's father is still unquiet,
The whole world was looking to get drowned,
Trees were a fist shaking themselves at the clouds,
I looked over curtains oh 'twas then that I knew,
That only a full house go'n to make it through,

I became a thin blue wire,
That held the world above the fire,
And so it was I saw behind,
Heaven's just a thin blue line,

If God's up there he's in a cold,. dark room,
The heavenly hosts are just the cold, dark moons,
He bent down and made the world in seven days,
And ever since he's been walking away,

Mixing with Nitrogen and lonely Hoes,
Where neither seraphim nor raindrops go,
I see an old man wandering the halls alone,
But only a full house go'n' to make a home,

I became a thin blue string,
The smoke between asleep and dreams,
And in that clear blue undertow,
Saw royal city far below,

Borders soft with refugees,
Streets are swimming with amputees,
It's a bible or a bullet they put over your heart,
It's getting harder and harder to tell them apart,

The days are nights and the nights are long,
Beating hearts blossom into walking bombs,
And those still looking in the clear blue sky for a sign,
Get missiles from so high that they might as well be divine,

And now the dogs are howling at your door,
Singing about vengeance like it's the joy of the Lord,
Bring justice to the enemies not the other way around,
They're guilty where killed and they're killed where they're found,

If what's loosed on Earth will be loosed on high,
It's a hell of a heaven we'll go to when we die,
Where even Laurel begs Hardy for vengeance, please,
The fat man's crying on his hands and his knees,

Back in the peacetime he caught roses on stage,
Now he twists indecision takes bourbon for rage,
Lead Pellets, Pepper and Aluminum,
Halcyon, Laudanum and Opium,

Sings kiss thee Hardy this poison cup,
His wine and sheet is busy winding it up,
And doctor he looks for lights that have died,
You need faith for the same reasons that it's so hard to find,
And this whole thing is headed for a terrible wreck,
And like a tragedy it's what we expect,

I became a thin blue (Throat Chakra much, Rumi?)

And now they make plans for a city laid down,
The hips of a girl on the Spring covered ground,
Spirals and capitals and the twist of a script,
streets named for heroes that could almost exist,

Fruit trees from Eden and the Gardens that seem,
To float like smoke from a Lithium dream,
Cedar trees growing in the cool of the squares,
young women walking in the portals of prayer,
The future glass buildings and the past and address,
The weddings in pollen and the wine bottomless,
And all wrongs forgotten and all vengeance made right,
The suffering verbs put to sleep in the night,
The Future descending like a bright chandelier,
The world just beginning and the guests in good cheers,
In royal city i fell into a trance,
'Cause it's hell to believe there ain't a hell of a chance.

Words and ecstatic approximations collectively captured by Homo Sapiens Worldwide. Found in Biology Class. Nxt to norml school.

I woke beneath the clear blue sky,
The sun a'shout the breeze a'sigh,
The old hometown and the streets I knew,
Wrapped up in a Royal Blue,
I heard my friends laughing out across the fields,
The girls in the gloaming and the birds in the wheel,
The raw smell of horses and the warm smell of hay,
Cicadas electric in the heat of the day,
A run of three sisters and a flush of the lamp,
The lake was a diamond in the valley's hand,
The straight of the highway and the scattered out hearts,
They were coming together they were pulling apart,
And angels everywhere were in their midst,
And the ones that I loved and the ones that I kissed,
I wondered what it was I'd been looking for above,
Heaven's so big there ain't no need to look up,
So I stopped looking for royal cities in the air,
Only a full house go'n' to have a prayer,
Only a full house,
Only a full house



All comments from YouTube:

IAmKrow

Such a poetic stream of consciousness. First song I hear from this artist but I'm definitely hooked. Always been a sucker for singer songwriters.

S H

Indeed a mindful stream of consciousness. I too am a fan of singer songwriters.

Lee Eames Jr.

Still THE greatest lyric and performance ever I have heard. "Heaven is so big there is no need to look up." "Only a full house" is the best theology humanity has ever conceived.

Trevor D Hitchin

Sir JR.

this song is a masterpiece....and at 9+ minutes of divine inspiration. ...you gifted the world something beautiful here.

Julia Iskowitz

amen.. this song gives me such chills

vazmo14850

i just heard this a few minutes ago while driving through town. omg...i am so blown away!

k cbrad

Me too. I'm 63. It pulls you in and lets you out. Soul to soul.

Lee Eames Jr.

Bob Dylan meets John Lennon. Writer genius and musical genius. I heard Josh once say in an interview that radio stations and Preachers might hate him. This retired Pastor is humbly impressed! Thanks ever so much for being SO damned real.

Julia Iskowitz

one of the most beautifully poetic and meaningful songs ever created. thank you SO much for the Art you put into this world Josh❤️

Matthew Chambers-Sinclair

Much more light was deserved here. Full COVID prevailing-comfort found here

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