A Poison Melody

by Curtis Eller

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Radiation Poison
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Poison Melody
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Union Hall
5.
These Birds
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Pay the Band
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05:11
8.
Waist Deep In the Big Muddy
9.
Before the Riot
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After the Riot
11.
No Words to Choose

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"A Poison Melody" is the latest and most ambitious phonographic recording by Curtis Eller's American Circus. Fans of the group have come to expect a hallucinatory, historical landscape populated by corrupt 19th century politicians, faded Hollywood stars, two-bit prize fighters and frequent, inexplicable visits from Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. The latest batch of songs finds the cities of the United States in flames and her streets red with blood, as the specter of the 1967 Detroit riot casts a hazy shadow on a young century. The lyrics read like ransom notes painstakingly assembled from an alphabet clipped from depression-era broadsheets. Dust off that phonograph needle and get ready for another strange and unsettling platter!

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releases May 30, 2019

Curtis Eller: lead vocals, banjo, resophonic tenor guitar
Dana Marks: lead & harmony vocals
Stacy Wolfson: harmony vocals
Hugh Crumley: electric & upright bass
Jack Fleishman: drums, percussion
Steve Cowles: tenor saxophone, flute
Danny Grewen: trombone
Danny Abrams: Baritone saxophone, clarinet
William Dawson: vibraphone
Tom Merrigan: piano

Recorded & engineered by Dave Tilley at Bogue Sound Studios & Studio M
Mixed by Joseph Dejarnette at Studio 808A
Master by Mike Monseur
Photography by Alex Maness
Artwork by Jamie B. Wolcott
Big Muddy by Pete Seeger
Original songs by Curtis Eller

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Curtis Eller Durham, North Carolina

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. Eller's songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Abe Lincoln, Buster Keaton and Joe Louis rub shoulders against a backdrop of circus disasters and sweatshop fires. ... more

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Track Name: No Soap Radio
Another bullshit story about what happened in ‘63
How come it’s always Texas when there’s a murder on TV?
You know that you’re in Texas
When there’s a murder on the TV screen

Don’t you know
You get that signal everywhere you go
From New York City to Mexico
No soap radio
No soap radio

Another bloodsick maniac out on the campaign trail
Like mercury in the water after the revolution failed
A shadow in the doorway
After the revolution failed

Don’t you know
You get that signal everywhere you go
From New York City to Mexico
No soap radio
No soap radio

No soap...no soap radio
No soap...no soap radio
Etc.

SAXOPHONE SOLO

I know that my days are numbered, I can feel my heart expand
I know the venom is in my blood
By the mark upon my hand
The venom in my blood
The mark upon my hand
The venom in my blood
The mark upon my hand
The venom in my blood
The mark upon my hand

Don’t you know
You get that signal everywhere you go
From Texas to Ontario
No soap radio
Don’t you know
You get that signal everywhere you go
From New York City to Mexico
No soap radio
No soap radio
No soap radio
No soap radio
Etc.
Track Name: Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce

Have mercy...on this land
Mercy...this is not what we planned
There's a hollow place
Where the heart used to be
The absence left everyone
Broken n misery
What you want from me?
There ain't no heart that could take this bitter stuff
Oh mercy...mercy...
Ain't we had enough?

The angels... left the city
Ain't there just one...who can spare a little sympathy?
The cops turned up again
In San Francisco last night night
The jokes are the same
But something don't feel right
That old familiar light
Shines down but there's nothing here to see
Oh mercy...mercy...
Ain't you got some for me?

I'm fallen...like a bird with no wing
Fallen silent...a phonograph with no spring
They found him passed out
On the bathroom floor
The radio said Lenny Bruce ain't
Coming back no more
The future's such a bore
And there's one thing that would set us all free
Oh mercy...mercy...have mercy...
Mercy on me
Mercy...mercy...

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