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    Blue Wing

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    Blue Wing
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      About "Blue Wing"

      Lyrics for Tom Russell - "Blue Wing"

      He had a blue wing tattooed on his shoulder
      Well, it might have been a bluebird, I don't know
      but he'd get stone drunk and talk about Alaska
      The salmon boats and 45 below
      Well, he got that blue wing up in Walla Walla
      and his cellmate there was a Little Willy John
      and Willie, he was once a great blues singer
      so Wing & Willie wrote him up a song

      (CHORUS)
      They sang, it's dark in here, can't see the light
      but I look at this blue wing when I close my eyes
      and I fly away, beyond these walls
      up above the clouds, where the rain don't fall
      on a poor man's dreams
      They paroled blue wing in August of 1963
      He moved north, picking apples in the town of Wenatchee
      And then winter finally caught him in a rundown trailer park
      on the south side of Seattle where the days grow grey and dark
      And he drank and he dreamt a vision of when the seven still ran free
      and his father's fathers crossed that wide old Bering sea
      and the land belonged to everyone, and there were old songs yet to sing
      now, it's broken down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing
      Now, it's dark in here... (repeat chorus)
      Well, he drank his way to L.A., and that's where he died
      and no one knew his Christian name, and there was no one there to cry
      but I dreamt there was a funeral; a preacher and a cheap pine box
      and halfway through the sermon blue wing began to talk
      He said, it's dark in here... (repeat chorus)

      SONGWRITERS:
      TOM RUSSELL
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