Josh Ritter - Thin Blue Flame tab

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I became a thin blue flame
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Polished on a mountain range
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And over hills and fields I flew
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Wrapped up in a royal blue
I flew over Royal City last night
A bullfighter on the horns of a new moonís light
Caesarís ghost I saw the war-time tides
The prince of Denmarkís father 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

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I became a thin blue wire
That held the world above the fire
And so it was I saw behind
Heavenís just a thin blue line
If Godís up there heís 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 heís been aíwalking 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

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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 aíswimming with amputees 
Itís a Bible or a bullet they put over your heart
Itís 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 itís the joy of the Lord
Bringing justice to the enemies not the other way round
Theyíre guilty when killed and theyíre killed where theyíre found
If whatís loosed on earth will be loosed up on high
Itís 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 itís so hard to find
And this whole thing is headed for a terrible wreck
And like good tragedy thatís what we expect 

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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 itís hell to believe there ainít a hell of a chance

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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 valleyís 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 Iíd been looking for up above
Heaven is so big there ainít 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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