Blue Wing
Tom Russell Lyrics

He had a blue wing tattooed on his shoulder
Well, it might have been a bluebird, I don't know
but he'd get stone drunk and talk about Alaska
The salmon boats and 45 below
Well, he got that blue wing up in Walla Walla
and his cellmate there was a Little Willy John
and Willie, he was once a great blues singer
so Wing & Willie wrote him up a song

They sang, it's dark in here, can't see the light
but I look at this blue wing when I close my eyes
and I fly away, beyond these walls
up above the clouds, where the rain don't fall
on a poor man's dreams
They paroled blue wing in August of 1963
He moved north, picking apples in the town of Wenatchee
And then winter finally caught him in a rundown trailer park
on the south side of Seattle where the days grow grey and dark
And he drank and he dreamt a vision of when the seven still ran free
and his father's fathers crossed that wide old Bering sea
and the land belonged to everyone, and there were old songs yet to sing
now, it's broken down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing
Now, it's dark in here... (repeat chorus)
Well, he drank his way to L.A., and that's where he died
and no one knew his Christian name, and there was no one there to cry
but I dreamt there was a funeral; a preacher and a cheap pine box
and halfway through the sermon blue wing began to talk
He said, it's dark in here... (repeat chorus)

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Comments from YouTube:

Steven Rafters

I knew a blue wing years ago. We were great friends. He was a bluebird for those who know what that means. He turned his life around. This song reminds me so much of him. Thanks Tom

Stephen Haugen

A rare ballad by a man who knows how to tell a great story.

Bonnie Drouillard

I was lucky enough to see Tom and Andrew many times in Edmonton... i moved to the wet coast and today, I bought my Walla Walla onions, for planting!

John Winn "The Old Troubadour"

Tom has that unique poetic gift of finding the right place for every word and the right word for that place. Wrapped up in memorable melodies, his singing clearly echos the meanings of his songs.Sing on Mr. Russell.

Toni Ekholm

Greatest song I've ever heard. My uncle used to listen this. Now he's dead but the song lives on!

Carlos Baca

Corb Lund just did a cover of this song
It's a jam, I've been singing it nonstop

Large Marge

75yo, his website lists tour dates for April and May, 2022.

Dale Odberg

Nice 🌸


Absolutely one of the best songs ever performed!

KultOf Bunny

My husband is in prison, this song gets me through all the bad days. I tell him to close his eyes and fly away beyond those walls.

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