"The Remnant" as written by and Josh Ritter....
I know who you are old man keep running
I caught your trail as you left the pines
Out into the fields where you couldn't hide nowhere
Just a thin stitch up against the rising line
And up through the blue I knew the stars were tumbling
Up through the blue I knew the star were tumbling

I know who you are old man keep running
I tracked you down by the look in the eyes
Of a thousand gone faces pressed against their windows
Horses hiding in the willows til the storm passed by
And a fine gray dust seemed to settle on the future
A fine gray dust seemed to settle in between
Your hat and the dapple of my appaloosa
The only living things that I could see
And up through the blue I knew that stars were tumbling
Up through the blue I knew the stars were tumbling

I know who you are old man keep running
I walked across the bottom of the lake below
Your boat and did you know that when you landed I was watching
As the sky turned dark as the eyes of a foal
And I'll know you by the shift of the wind in the cobwebs
The sawdust swirls in the fins of the bullheads
The craters that you made when you lay down dreaming
Strange constellations that you gave new meaning
By the teeth marks you made on bones from the ice age
Then smell of the cinder burning slow in your rib cage
Listen in the distance and you'll hear my shadow
Footsteps soft as the tread of an echo
And up through the blue I knew the stars were tumbling
Up through the blue I knew the stars were tumbling

And the ground will open out into a mouth below us
And the mouth will open out into the empty sky
And the whistle as we hurtle through the halls of onyx
The only sound around us as we go by

And I'll follow you out through the wells of charcoal
Moonlit stones around the cones of a black hole
Through the fields where grow the ever and forever
The tessellated blooms with the voids at their centers
Through the million rooms in a bead of luminescence
The filaments on the looms of dimension

The pillars of creation where they make the planets
The billion tiny teeth that tear the charge from your atoms
In a trillion tiny bites they'll eat the meat from the pearl
And throw your soul away a cold gray little world

And nothing that is hidden will be revealed
And nothing that is hidden will be revealed
And nothing that is hidden will be revealed


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"The Remnant" as written by Joshua Ritter

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    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of "the Gunslinger" written by Steven King, whom Ritter is a self proclaimed fan. This is such an amazing song, tracking someone or something, as the world falls to apocalypse. He tries to put the immensity of the universe into perspective from black holes to the 'million rooms in a bead of luminescence'. Ritter describes it as a stark cold underlying reality, where when all falls to chaos, even the creator won't reveal its meaning. Its a pretty heavy theme, but skillfully illustrated and the music strikes a powerful blow.
    owenrip30on May 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentReminded me of "The Track of the Cat", a semi-obscure western by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which brothers hunt down a killer panther in a snowstorm. Good book. Haven't seen the movie. Josh's lyrics somehow reflect the continuous, unrelenting tension of the book. Love the song, by the way. Incredible lyrics. Pounding, infectuous rhythm.
    waccoon November 09, 2011   Link

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