The Albatross (Curtis Eller's American Circus)

from by New Town Drunks & Curtis Eller's American Circus

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lyrics

THE ALBATROSS
In the key of Bbm

Sometimes to amuse themselves the men of the crew
Snare and albatross, those vast sea birds
That indolently trail behind the ship
As they glide over the deep and bitter blue
As they glide over the deep and bitter blue

Scarcely have they pulled them to the floor
Thos fallen kinds, clumsy and ashamed
Pathetic as they drag their great, white wings
Worthlessly behind like drifting oars

As they glide over the deep and salty blue
As they glide over the deep and salty blue
As they glide ofer the deep and salty blue
As they glide over the deep and salty blue

Well those soaring travelers flounder on the deck
Once so beautiful, now comical and weak
And the sailors lurch about like crippled beasts upon the waves
And they hsove a burning pipe under his beak

The poet is like the prince of the clouds
Who haunts the storm and mocks the archer’s bow
Imprisoned on the earth by the weight of heavy wings
Exiled here among the jeering crowds

As they glide over the deep and salty blue
As they glide over the deep and salty blue
As they glide ofer the deep and salty blue
As they glide over the deep and salty blue

credits

from Baudelaire in a Box: Songs of Anguish, released May 27, 2015
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CURTIS ELLER'S AMERICAN CIRCUS:
Curtis Eller: banjo & lead vocal
Dana Marks: harmony vocal
Shea Broussard: harmony vocal
Louis Landry: drums, accordion, glockenspiel, keyboards, vocal
William Dawson: vibraphone
Douglas Vuncannon: upright bass
Joseph Dejarnette: electric bass

Recorded and mixed by Joseph Dejarnette
℗© 2014 Curtis Eller (BMI)

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