Leaves and Kings Lyrics

Josh Ritter

publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Josh Ritter
album: Track 1 in album Josh Ritter
release date: 1999
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk/Country
length: 3:27

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I met you at a party or on a crowded street

A silent singularity when glances chanced to meet

You looked into my glasses, said you'd seen a ghost

I tried my best to make you smile as we calypsoed close

I have been to Cleveland and you have been to jail

You seem to be recovering but I felt a little pale

Our house it was on seventeenth above a hardware store

And there we lived with seven cats all named for seven dwarves

But like leaves and kings, all things must fall

No diamond ring's gonna cut through it all

You were working as a graverobber, you could do your job at night

I was living hand to mouth just looking for a fight

The reason why we parted it ain't that hard to find

I was always busy, and you never had the time

well the reason why we parted it ain't that hard to see

But I was never sure if I left you or you left me


And when it was all over I lost myself in work

You got married to a lawyer painting murals in New York

(You got married to a dentist building bridges in New York)

And though it seems a million miles ago since I saw the light

The hours flowed by nervously like warships in the night

Many times I've been corrupted but I've never been in love

I began to realise that that's just where I was

So I packed up my possessions and caught an east-bound train

met you in Ohio sleeping in the rain


So now we're going back again to start where we began

With rules and regulations but no real kind of plan

I've learned my lesson well with no mistakes at all

Once you find yourself true love you just keep holding on

Like leaves and kings, all things must fall

No diamond ring's gonna cut through it all

But now out of the dark, out of the blue,

like leaves and kings I've fallen in love with you

Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Leaves and Kings
  • 2 Beautiful Night
  • 3 Hotel Song
  • 4 Paint Your Picture
  • 5 Angels on Her Shoulders
  • 6 Morning Is a Long Way Down
  • 7 Potters Wheel
  • 8 Letter From Omaha
  • 9 Last Ditch Effort (See You Try)
  • 10 Paths Will Cross
  • 11 Pretty Polly
  • 12 Horrible Qualities / Stuck to You