The Joyful Dead (Curtis Eller's American Circus)

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

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lyrics

THE JOYFUL DEAD
In the key of Am

For I have a hatred for testaments and tombs
And rather than implore the world’s sorrow
I’d sooner, while living, invite down the crows
To drain all my blood and my marrow
I’d sooner, while living, invite down the crows
To drain all my blood and my marrow

Oh Worms! Black comrades, deaf and blind
Take this dead body sinking down, joyful and free
I leave this body to you….wanton philosophers
You, wanton philosophers
You children of rotting soil!

So dig through my ruin without remorse
Learn what tortures may still haunt the bed
Of this old soulless body, dead among dead
Dead among dead
This old soulless body, dead among dead
Dead among dead

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

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

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