Lyric Project: Kathleen

Here’s my newest Lyric Project post.

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for the link to hear the song.

I was introduced to Josh Ritter by a nice lady I met on the good old interwebs.  It took me a while to warm up to him.  I don’t know why, because he has some really good lyrics.  I find that with Josh Ritter, I tend to really like or really dislike his songs…no grey areas for him and me.

I like the song that follows for two reasons: a) because what girl wouldn’t like to have someone say the first lines to/about her, and b) because I can sympathize with the narrator of the song: knowing you’re not the person someone would choose if they had another option.  I can’t decide if this is a sad song or not…for some reason, I want to feel hopeful for the guy.

You’ll have to decide for yourself.


by Josh Ritter

All the other girls here are stars;

you are the northern lights.

They try to shine in through your curtain,

You’re too close and too bright.

They try and they try but everything that they do

is the ghost of a trace of a pale imitation of you.

I’ll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen

This party was made with the night air

and the chance that a smile

Will wind its way from your face to one of the boys in your line.

Well you act like you’re hip to there tricks and you’re strong

but a virgin Wurlitzer heart never once had a song.

I’ll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen.

And I’ll have you back by break of day.

I’m going your way anyway

and if you’d like to come along,

I’ll be yours for a song.

I know you are waiting and I know that it is not for me.

But I’m here and I’m ready and I saved you the passenger seat.

And I won’t be your last dance just your last good night.

Every heart is a package tangled up in knots someone else tied.

I’ll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen

So crawl up your trellis and quietly back into your room.

And I’ll coast down the length of your drive by the light of the moon.

The next time we meet some new kind of hello-

both our hearts have a secret only the both of us know

about the night that I drove you back home Kathleen.

(Listen to the song here: )