“Why spend your only life waiting to have what you know you can have? Why spend your only life hoping? what a torture to be always blue darlin’. Why spend your only life waiting to do what you know you can do? What’s the worst thing that can possibly happen to you?”
01. Monster Ballads 02. Good Man 03. Me & Jiggs 04. Harrisburg 05. Girl In The War 06. You Don’t Make It Easy Babe 07. Wolves 08. Wings 09. Stuck To You (The Science Song) 10. Crystal Chandeliers & Burgundy (Johnny Cash) 11. Lillian, Egypt 12. Kathleen 13. Best For The Best 14. Snow Is Gone 15. Chelsea Hotel #2 (Leonard Cohen) 16. Cowboy Song 17. California 18. Black Velvet Band
So it was that everything That went to make up everything Was wrapped up tight inside a grain Of great insistence Then someone gave the great command All things paired off for the dance The great to small the small to grand Down to this instant.
The hawk around the field mouse The love around a lover’s mouth I find my mind in settling down In circuits round you The angels round their crowded pins The amber-waved electrons spin In planetary transits Round the ones they’re bound to.
Who do you circle round Who is it circles round you Is it circles round you? Who is it circles round you Do you circle round who It is circles round you?
The ghost around the one it haunts The want around the thing that wants The way the mind just wanders off and then returns to The thought around the second thought Love or gravity or law Whatever name it’s got it’s got me Circling round you
The guess around the second guess The hornet round the hornet’s nest The wheel time the wheel fate The light that bends itself through space The light that with it carries time Which also bends in the same line Relative to point of view So when I catch a glimpse of you Every time you come around The room lights up And time slow too…
"So Runs the World Away" took me over a year to make. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve never recorded a song for a record that I didn’t believe in absolutely and that didn’t feel, in its writing, recording, and performance, like a moment of real inspiration. I love the songs on this record so much, and my thanks go to my incredible and talented band, my family, and my family of listeners wherever they may be in this fast-spinning world. All my very best, and see you soon! Josh
“Rosanne Cash was spot-on when she said that the first line of ‘Kathleen’ may be one of the best ways ever to begin a song: ‘All the other girls here are stars - you are the Northern Lights.’ And what is going on in ‘Wings’ and in ‘Harrisburg’? What is ‘artillery breeze’ on Historical Conquest? Why does Josh Ritter hate trains?”
— Tom Ricks - wondering about a lot of Josh’s music.
… Only a full house gonna make it through … Only a full house gonna make a home … you need faith for the same reasons that it’s so hard to find … it’s hell to believe there ain’t a hell of a chance … 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
"Listen, I am heroic enough to say 'I love you' when I love, heroic enough to sing a song and mean it, heroic enough not to faint at the toss of a shawl or the tilt of a baseball hat or the flick of tie.
And you are, too."