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Thin Blue Flame

Josh Ritter

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

 CF
 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
 Am
If God's up there he's in a cold dark room
 C
The heavenly host are just the cold dark moons
 F
He bent down and made the world in seven days
 C
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 C

 CF
 I became a thin blue stream
The smoke between asleep and dreams
And in that clear blue undertow
I saw Royal City far below
 Am
Borders soft with refugees
 C
Streets a'swimming with amputees
 F
It's a Bible or a bullet they put over your heart
 C
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

C F x4

 Am
At night I make plans for a city laid down
 C
Like the hips of a girl on the spring covered ground
 F
Spirals and capitals like the twist of a script
 C
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

Am C F C x2
C F x2

 CF
 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
 Am
I heard my friends laughing out across the fields
 C
The girls in the gloaming and the birds on the wheel
 F
The raw smell of horses and the warm smell of hay
 C
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

Am C F C x6 end Am


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