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The Artist in the Ambulance by axcy The Artist in the Ambulance by axcy
Thrice ~ The Artist in the Ambulance






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

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
I know that this can be more than just flashing lights and sound

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
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TheMaskedWanderer Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought of the song before I saw the title. You nailed it.
perseal Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Great song, great work!
artloverOMGLOL Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
that is cool
aradosev2687 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I just listened to the song for the first time. Thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful and meaningful song and amazing picture! I am a future EMT and so this song and this picture means a lot, because I am also an artist. Thank you, and wonderful job!
CureForPoison Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I love this song x3
Wonderful work!
SiriuslyBright33 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
this is one of my all time favorite songs.
livinglightningrod Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010   General Artist
Is there a wallpaper version of this? And if not, can I encourage you to release one?

I'm actually making a suite of Rainmeter skins themed around the same Thrice song, with the same colors even. I've been looking for a good wallpaper to feature with the release. Let me know if you're interested!
xXmelodicRoseXx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I was listening to the very song when I came upon this... I like it..!
CherryRedRoses Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Would you mind if I used this image and got it tattooed on me? My auntie was in the St John ambulance unit for years and she has just recenently passed. I've been looking for a image that expresses her life and this is perfect. It is ok if you say no.
axcy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's funny to ask permission for a tattoo. Go ahead if you'd like. Thanks.
CherryRedRoses Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Well it is your art and I have come across many artists who have refused me permission to get their art work on my body lol
alividlife Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
hell yah!

that's awesome!
dracheflugel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
I love that song, wish I could blast it out the PA every time I go on a call. My compadres at the station say that the frontman from Thrice used to work as a medic himself, that said - I believe you have a great piece, and I'm def. faving. Wish everybody would show a little appreciation for ems/fire. Glad you did.
reizey206 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
This is one of my favorite songs, and your work fits it perfectly.
muh1000 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Wonderful Picture, and wonderful poem-thing
inthecorner Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
sweet! i love thrice and i am an emt, great deviation :ambulance:
F4lc0N-6 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I just realized that this would look really cool hanging on one of the walls of a hospital lounge.
DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome! I love that song!
graf77 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
what song is it?
DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student General Artist
The Artist in the Ambulance by Thrice.
oneforthefridge Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
i love thrice, great composition as well. :]
Master-of-Isis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
As a Firefighter/Paramedic myself, this is my fav piece on DevArt period!
Beatii Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008   Artisan Crafter
voodoo-g Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Awesome, Thrice rocks.
KarmaFlavoredWhiskey Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
I love Thrice :]
Mad-ureira Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
Love that song! Great pic!
Sat-er-day Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Really Weird, I was listening to this song and looking at some Typography, and I thought it would be cool to do something involving this song.

So I search for Ambulance hoping to find something I like, and I'm curious about your piece. So I click it and lo and behold, you have the lyrics under the description. =/
realsilver13 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
ha, just looked you up from a link and so far I've favorited half of your gallery
love the song/piece btw
skorch84 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Nice! I'm going to school to become a paramedic :)
Squelchina Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
tat2dstesh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
amazing very amazin... i wish i was this good
paintedxmirror Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Student
what the hell?
this isn't emo.
what are they saying?

i dont hear any "i hate the world" or "i watch the blood drip from my godforsaken wrists"....

this is good stuff and thats why its on the top of favorites for visual poetry.

you know not to listen to those pricks though.

i really like it, it's deep.
like ACTUALLY deep, the real kind of deep.
axcy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
You're awesome. Thanks.
the-phoenix-fallen Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
love it!!!
PotatoToe Featured By Owner May 25, 2007
A seller in Ebay stole this from you. They've done it to a lot of people on DA. Hopefully you will help stop them. Here's a [link] to YOUR work.
Prilblume Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I just listen to [link] , it may fit to this, because of the feeling.
I really love how the window of the ambulance is a heart<3. And i like spacially that lines
>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,
because it's such a strong feeling. The music link supports that.
And it's interesting how you mixed up the ambulance red cross with the cross of Christ, with that angel.
SnowCappedHeart Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Love the song, love the band, FUCKING LOVE this picture man!!!
Good job, keep it up.
artstintheambulance Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007   Digital Artist
I was looking for the cover of the CD and I found this and I just wanted to tell you this has got to be one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Thrice has been my favorite band since I was in the 8th grade. I may just be graduating this year but 5 years seems long enough to say this is the best CD I've ever heard and I thank you for doing this. You're a credit tot he world as a whole.
VirginiaVitamins Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
This is incredible! Andddd Thrice RULE.
NoFeelings Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
they should have hired you to make their cd cover ;)

p.s. LUURVEEE THE SONG :jackdirt:
Wasabi-Goddess Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006
This picture breathes excellence.
The way the angel is positioned over the cross vaguely reminds me of a crucifixion.
I don't believe that was the intention but, just a thought. :]
TheFlaw Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
Awsome song, you captured it very well :)
Haugabrjotr Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
a thrice fan... kewl
pixelatedRhapsody Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
phsycobabble Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
hm...i like it.
tipalo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006   Interface Designer
brilliant. work like this deserves credit. very nice contrast and color scheme.
damienlee42 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
Excellent Piece.
Excellent Song
Excellent Band

Triple threat all around
onenutshort Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005   Photographer
I think this turned out wonderfully. You can tell a lot of thought went in to it.
axcy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Muchos gracias!
YanasPrecursor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an excelent piece. I love the subject. Why? I can relate. I suffer from heart failure, I was born with it. I get a ride to the hospital every now and then. Whenever it strikes. And only one time did someone visit me. This is not to brag about anything, but to say how well you have put the words together and the art. Its like you fished out all my thoughts and I am sure other people's thoughts as well and pasted them on there. I would love to say I requested a DD for this, but it's not like any admin would even bother to listen to what I think. I have tried it so many times and never have they even bothered to look at the request I bet. All they feathure is nude OR some shitty ass art from another admin. Every now and then there is actually a good piece given a DD.

I am going off the subject.. sorry. This piece is beautiful. The best part I like, is the red cross with the angel, and of course the ambulance with the heart. But the background buildings/clouds and colors are great too. Adore the bledning of it all. Loving the title as well. What may have been the reason to this subject, I hope you feel or are doing good as well as your mother.
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