Monday, July 11, 2011

Contest | Win Tickets to see Josh Ritter at Off Broadway on July 22nd

In what should be a can't-miss show, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band will be making their return to Off Broadway in Saint Louis on Friday, July 22nd. This will be Ritter's first appearance in Saint Louis since his last sold-out show at Off Broadway on July 28, 2009, and Speakers in Code + KDHX are hosting.

The show has been sold out for some time now, but we've got a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky winner!

Let's have some fun with this contest, shall we?

To enter, please let us know your favorite Josh Ritter lyric. You can post this lyric in one of two ways:

1. Leave it as a comment on this post.

2. Leave it as a comment on our Facebook page.

The contest will run through July 17th, and we'll pick our favorite lyric and e-mail the winner on July 18th. Good luck!


  1. "I know you are waiting and I know that it is not for me, but I'm here and I'm ready and I've saved you the passenger seat. I won't be your last dance just your last goodnight
    every heart is a package tangled up in knots someone else tied..." -Josh Ritter, Kathleen

  2. "Morning broke itself at last, you got your continental breakfast
    dropped off the key and said goodbye, I think I thought I heard you sigh
    I caught a glimpse of your license plate, you were drifting down the interstate
    It said you were from Delaware, I said oh it must be gorgeous there" - Josh Ritter from Hotel Song.

  3. "...My hands held on my mind let go,
    And back to you my heart went skipping,
    I found the inside of the road,
    Thought about the first time that I met you,
    All those glances that we stole,
    Sometimes if you want them then you've got to

    Babe we both had dry spells
    Hard times in bad lands
    I'm a good man for ya
    I'm a good man..."

    -Josh Ritter from Good Man

  4. "Honey why you gotta hide your face from me? Will I starve in this eclipse while you treat every hungry kiss like one more mouth to feed?"

    -Josh Ritter, One More Mouth

  5. "Joan never cared about the in-betweens,
    Combed her hair with a blade did the Maid of Orleans,
    Said Christ walked on water we can wade through the war,
    You don't need to tell me who the fire is for"

  6. "You're so red in the eyes. Either too low or too high. When I met you you were sick but you did not know why. I was a pretty poor cure, but my love for you was always sure/ The bucket was broken, but the water was pure.

    Tell me I got here at the right time. If I did it's probably the first time. No second guesses or secret signs. Tell me I got here at the right time." -Josh Ritter "Here At The Right Time"

    Breaks my heart because I identify with it.

  7. Then one day I just woke up
    And the wolves were all there
    Wolves in the piano
    Wolves underneath the stairs
    Wolves inside the hinges
    Circling round my door
    At night inside the bedsprings
    Clicking cross the floor
    I don't know how they found me I'll never know quite how I still can't believe they heard me That I was howling out that loud

    So long, so high

    At times in the frozen nights I go roaming In the bed she used to share with me
    I wake in the fields with the cold and the lonesome The moon's the only face that I see
    But I still remember that time when we were dancing
    We were dancing to a song that I'd heard
    Your face was simple and your hands were naked
    I was singing without knowing the words

    So long so high

    - Josh Ritter, "Wolves"

  8. If this was the Cold War we could keep each other warm
    I said on the first occasion that I met Marie
    We were crawling through the hatch that was the missile silo door
    And I don't think that she really thought that much of me

    I never had to learn to love her like I learned to love the Bomb
    She just came along and started to ignore me
    But as we waited for the Big One
    I started singing her my songs
    And I think she started feeling something for me

    We passed the time with crosswords that she thought to bring inside
    What five letters spell "apocalypse" she asked me
    I won her over saying "W.W.I.I.I."
    She smiled and we both knew that she'd misjudged me

    Oh Marie it was so easy to fall in love with you
    It felt almost like a home of sorts or something
    And you would keep the warhead missile silo good as new
    And I'd watch you with my thumb above the button

    Then one night you found me in my army issue cot
    And you told me of your flash of inspiration
    You said fusion was the broken heart that's lonely's only thought
    And all night long you drove me wild with your equations

    Oh Marie do you remember all the time we used to take
    We'd make our love and then ransack the rations
    I think about you leaving now and the avalanche cascades
    And my eyes get washed away in chain reactions

    Oh Marie if you would stay then we could stick pins in the map
    Of all the places where you thought that love would be found
    But I would only need one pin to show where my heart's at
    In a top secret location three hundred feet under the ground

    We could hold each other close and stay up every night
    Looking up into the dark like it's the night sky
    And pretend this giant missile is an old oak tree instead
    And carve our name in hearts into the warhead

    Oh Marie there's something tells me things just won't work out above
    That our love would live a half-life on the surface
    So at night while you are sleeping
    I hold you closer just because
    As our time grows short I get a little nervous

    I think about the Big One, W.W.I.I.I.
    Would we ever really care the world had ended
    You could hold me here forever like you're holding me tonight
    I look at that great big red button and I'm tempted

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  10. I said won't you tell me where you've been?
    You put a finger to my lips and then you kissed me once and once again

    The crickets all leapt up and met the moon with a standing ovation

    -Right Moves

  11. Oh, bring me the love that can sweeten a sword
    A boat that can love the rocks or the shore
    The love of the iceberg reaching out for the wreck
    Can you love me like the crosses love the nape of neck
    -To The Dogs Or Whoever