"Right Moves" as written by and Josh Ritter....
All of a sudden now you're back again
I thought you were happy with whoever or did you dream about me now and then
Did you look up at the stars and feel something for the constellations
All those lovers circling round their loves
Slings and arrows, dogs and lions, rivers separating touch from touch
The comedy of distance, the tragedy of separation

Am I making all the right moves
Am I singing you the right blues
Is there a chance that I could call you
Just to see how you are doing?

I said how is it that you come back to me?
You don't need the stories of my scars or in the stars to tell you nothing's free
I traded all the innocence I ever had for hesitation
I said won't you tell me where you 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

Am I making all the right moves
Am I singing you the right blues
Is there a chance that I could call you
Just to see how you are doing?

I heard the night birds picking up the song
You threw your hair back and sang along
And I realized that I might lose you you might lose me
Drift apart in the night and never know why and not know how I said
what if we are like the Northern sky?
What if there are things that come between us that we can't take back and we can't make right?
You said I don't know darlin' but I'm here with you
And we're coming to the chorus now!

Am I making all the right moves
Am I singing you the right blues
Is there a chance that I could call you
Just to see how you are doing?


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"Right Moves" as written by Josh Ritter

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    General Commenti think the song is about love, in general- the premise seems to be that he was with the girl before, she left him for someone else then came back, now he wants to make sure he's doing the right things to keep her. my favorite is the last two verses though, it seems like they are trying to come to terms with the unpredictability of love. he is worried that someday things will change between them and they will lose the love they have ('drift apart in the night, never know why and not know how'), but she responds that at that moment they are together and happy ('i don't know darling, but i'm here with you and we're coming to the chorus now') so why worry about it? love might not last forever like we want it to, but if something is good and makes you happy, just appreciate it and accept the future when it comes. that's the message i get out of it.
    r0sesinhereyeson May 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"all those lovers circlin' round their luck"

    that is what i hear.
    ThursdaysWaitingon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the last verseis something like this:

    I heard the night was picking up this song
    You threw your hair back and you sang along
    And I realized that I might lose you
    And you might lose me
    Drift apart in the night never know why
    And not know how

    I said, "What if we are like the northern sky?
    What, there are things that come between us
    That we can’t take back, we can’t make right"
    You said, "I don’t know darling
    But I’m here with you and we’re coming to the chorus now"

    LOVE this song! It's my favorite that I've heard from the new album.
    tinydancer212on August 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can't wait for the new album to come out... just days! To me it means you don't always know if you're doing the right thing or not, but you have too keep going and hope everything is going to work out the best it can.

    tinydancer, I think you're right. :)
    SkylinePigeonon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAll of a sudden now you're back again -
    I thought you were happy with whoever?
    or did you dream about me now and then?
    Did you look up at the stars and feel something for the constellations?
    All those lovers circling round their loves, slings and arrows, dogs and lions, rivers separating touch from touch, the comedy of distance, the tragedy of separation.

    Am I making all the right moves?
    Am I singing you the right blues?
    Is there a time when I can call you, just to see how you are doing?

    I said how is it that you come back to me? You don't need the stories of my scars or in the stars to tell you nothings free. I traded all the innocence I ever had for hesitation. I said won't you tell me where you've been? You put a finger to my lips and then you kiss me once and once again. The crickets all lept up and met the moon with a standing ovation.

    Am I making all the right moves?
    Am I singing you the right blues?
    Is there a time when I can call you, just to see how you are doing?

    I heard the night was picking up this song, you threw your hair back and you sang along. And I realised that i might lose you, you might lose me drift apart in the night never know why and not know how.

    I said, "What if we are like the northern sky?
    What, there are things that come between us
    That we can’t take back, we can’t make right"
    You said, "I don’t know darling
    But I’m here with you and we’re coming to the chorus now"


    I think this song is about a couple who were once together, something happened between them and it ended.. but now one of them is back and wants a second chance..
    CaitrionaXon October 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSong about a guy who really likes this girl who obviously isn't to happy about him, so she keeps leaving but coming back possibly because she can't do any better? I think the guy tries but she obviously can't see how romantic he truly is. He's out with her, crickets are chirping, the moon is full... another night, the constellations are out for all to see! He is very romantic and making all the right moves but he can't get through to her.
    ckad79on October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe crickets chirping in the second verse suggests that the woman isn't answering the question - as in a TV show when an awkward silence is emphasized by dubbed-in crickets.
    Embassyon June 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know specifically what he's referring to when he says, "What if we are like the northern sky?" What is it about the northern sky that he would make this reference?
    warthog3on May 18, 2010   Link

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