"The Artist in the Ambulance" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can't stop, so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I
Feel an angel lift me up

And I open bloodshot eyes
Into fluorescent white
They flip the siren, hit the lights
Close the doors, and I am gone

Now I lay here owing my life
To a stranger, and I realize
That empty words are not enough
I'm left here with the question of just

What have I to show except
The promises I never kept?
I lie here shaking on this bed
Under the weight of my regrets

And I hope, that I will never let you down
And I know, that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sounds

Look around and you'll see that at times
It feels like no one really cares
It gets me down, but I'm still gonna try to do
What's right, I know that there's a

Difference between sleight of hand
And giving everything you have
There's a line drawn in the sand
I'm working up the will to cross it

And I hope, that I will never let you down
And I know, that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sounds

Rhetoric can't raise the dead, I'm sick of always
Talking, when there's no change
Rhetoric can't raise the dead, I'm sick of empty words
Let's lead, and not follow

Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can't stop, so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I
Feel an angel steal me from the

Greedy jaws of death and chance
And pull me in with steady hands
They've given me a second chance
The artist in the ambulance

And I hope, that I will never let you down
And I know, that this can be more than just
Flashing lights and sounds

Can we pick you off the ground?
More than flashing lights and sounds


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"The Artist in the Ambulance" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General CommentDear God...
    This song is not strictly about "a guy who gets severely injured in a car accident, then is saved by paramedics and finds himself questioning the validity of his life"... and I can guarantee you its not about "how awesome paramedics are".

    The entire song is a metaphor. Artist and creator... same thing. When anyone says "the creator".. its safe to say they are referring to God. He uses paramedics because of the symbolism they bring of existing to help others when others cant help themselves; which is ultimately Gods role in our lives.

    The crash itself stands for any hard time in our lives that hits us hard and make us question if life is even worth continuing. This is why we need a "paramedic" to save us.

    Thrice doesn't declare themselves as a Christian band, but the fact that Dustin is a devout follower is going to show through his music. Just as Christian bands will often have one or two songs on their album that don't necessarily relate to Christianity, bands that declare themselves secular should have the freedom to write a song about God, if its what is inspiring them at the time, without their song being slaughtered by interpretations guessing that it relates to how the music industry is dying.
    The Neenjaon March 23, 2007   Link

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