"Idaho" as written by and Josh Ritter....
All that love all those mistakes
What else can a poor man make?
So I gave up a life of crime
I gave it to a friend of mine
Something else was on my mind
The only ghost I'm haunted by
I hear her howling down below
Idaho oh Idaho

Wolves oh wolves oh can't you see?
Ain't no wolf can sing like me
And if it could then I suppose
He belongs in Idaho
Packs of dogs and cigarettes
For those who ain't done packing yet
My clothes are packed and I want to go
Idaho oh Idaho

Out at sea for seven years
I got your letter in Tangier
Thought that I'd been on a boat
Til that single word you wrote
That single word it landlocked me
Turned the masts to cedar trees
And the winds to gravel roads
Idaho oh Idahoe


Lyrics submitted by EffulgentEnnui, edited by bucketsofrain, kv0the, wmax351

"Idaho" as written by Jesse Albert Stone

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    General CommentThis is the wrong song. The actual lyrics are as follows:

    All that love all those mistakes
    What else can a poor man make?
    But I gave up a life of crime
    I gave it to a friend of mine
    Something else was on my mind
    The only ghost I'm haunted by
    I hear her howling down below
    Idaho, Idaho

    Wolves oh wolves oh can't you see?
    Ain't no wolf can sing like me
    And if it could then I suppose
    That he belongs in Idaho
    Packs of dogs and cigarettes
    For those who ain't done packing yet
    My clothes are packed and I want to go
    Idaho, Idaho

    Well, out at sea for seven years
    I got your letter in Tangier
    I thought that I'd been on a boat
    'Til that single word you wrote
    That single word it landlocked me
    Turned the masts to cedar trees
    And the wind to gravel roads
    Idaho, Idaho
    ACaricatureOfon November 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI will comment. I love the simplicity in the music of this song. It makes the lyrics stand out and give it even more meaning that they have as a stand-alone poem.
    jlynnsayzon February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it. I'm from Idaho. When you hear this song you just have to stop and listen. Its really powerful, especially because it describes Idaho so well. I definately agree with what gabbyownsme said.
    nonnycrieson July 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love it. I'm from Idaho. When you hear this song you just have to stop and listen. Its really powerful, especially because it describes Idaho so well. I definately agree with what gabbyownsme said.
    nonnycrieson July 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song means one of either two things: (i) he left the girl he loves in Idaho and still misses her and her memory; or (ii) he has been away from Idaho for too long and longs to go back to the beauty and simplicity of Idaho.
    MrPotatoHeadon November 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe leaves the girl he loves, then gets a single word from her (in tangiers) and it reminds him of all he left behind in idaho (replace the masts with cedar trees, winds with gravel roads)
    johnbon November 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe gorgeous imagery of the lyrics made me stop and listen to the rest of this song, and I'm glad I did because it's stunning
    Ekuzaon April 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the imagery. especially the masts to cedar trees, etc.
    Beautifullllll.
    and the soft music. Very powerful and emotional song.
    ChelseaDawnon March 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a reference back to Wilco/Billy Bragg's adaptation of Woody Gurthrie's "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key": "ain't nobody can sing like me."
    goodreverendon December 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeing from Idaho, this song is rather poignant. Just like Josh Ritter, I had to leave Idaho to make my way in the world, and this will always be a ghost I'm haunted by- as I'll never be able to live there again due to my career choice.
    flynnisthecooleston July 29, 2011   Link

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