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Josh Ritter - Girl In The War

Josh Ritter put out one of the finest records of this year, but the buzz was on others.
Yeah, it's pretty hard to make an impact being "yet another songwriter", but Josh Ritter's voice deserves to be heard.

"Girl In The War" opens the album, and it's one of this years' most captivating songs. It's a political song - an anti-war song, with fascinating lyrics.

Unlike other straightforward protest songs it presents its notion in a more subtle way, presenting its message in the form of a conversation between two characters. One of them being separated by his girl who left for war. This voice seems to let go, with barely any hope left.

"Because the keys to the kingdom got locked inside the kingdom
And the angels fly around in there, but we can't see them
And I gotta girl in the war, Paul I know that they can hear me yell
If they can't find a way to help, they can go to Hell
If they can't find a way to help her, they can go to Hell"

He's confronted by another voice, begging him not to give in: "You gotta rock yourself a little harder; Pretend the dove from above is a dragon and your feet are on fire"

It's as much a song about the casualties of war, as it is a story about personal separation. The narrator ends the song remembering his love, idealizing her. But it seem to me his eyes are raining as well, but with tears, not champagne.

"But I gotta girl in the war, Paul her eyes are like champagne
They sparkle, bubble over, in the morning all you got is rain
Sparkle, bubble over, in the morning all you got is rain
They sparkle, bubble over, in the morning all you got is rain"

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you are from Innsbruck? and you also like Josh Ritter's music? WOW, have not run into anyone else around here how likes him:D

Veronika

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