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Banjo Music for Funerals (EP)

by Curtis Eller

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1.
Last Flight of the Pigeon Club In the key of F Well, the boys ain’t been down to the clubhouse In so long you would think it’s a crime It’s just me and those birds every morning I feel like I’m wastin’ my time And this coffee takes a decade to boil And this ladder’s like Hell on my knees But I’m up on the roof every morning like clockwork And I watch ‘em rise up through the trees CHORUS It’s the last flight of the Pigeon Club… You oughta come out this year But these birds are just shadows of the birds back in my day It’s years and those records still stand They flew 10,000 miles and back to Hoboken When they took to the air they would fly from my hand But if these ones don’t come back I won’t miss them I just know this is killin’ my health And if they find someplace better to die than New Jersey I’d probably go there myself CHORUS Oh it’s the last flight of the Pigeon Club… You oughta come out this year CHORUS Yes it’s the last flight of the Pigeon Club… You…ought come out…this year
2.
Dry Lightning In the key of F#m Well, it’s the first week in August When they leave their skins behind This time of year all the rattlesnakes are strikin’ blind But that horse reared back, he got one good kick He’s staggerin’ against his own weight If you put up a fight your blood start to circulate And it move through those veins Like a gas through a hose Don’t you know that just ain’t the same horse that he knows With his eyes rolled back in his head And his leg swelled up like a root Get a bead on that old horse before you shoot Down by the ocotillo…where the yuccas grow tall Deep in the shadows it’s cool and it’s dry That’s where the poison always crawls YODELAYEEHOO…ETC. Tie him up to a split rail…wait for the sun to go down There ain’t no point in us getting’ up early This time tomorrow he’ll be gone And there’s a… Slow wind in the dessert And these cloud always look the same It’s only dry lightning Don’t you know there’s never no rain Don’t you know there’s never no rain Don’t you know there’s never no rain
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Alaska 05:22
Alaska In the key of Dm Everybody doubled up like moles All the birds sat right down on the ground And the sun was shining down on everybody’s head but mine Lord, I bet that sun is shining down Just like clockwork I wash my face on Sundays And my eyes are bigger thatn hubcaps in my face But the skull & the shinbones of folks I never seen before Is the only thing that’s left down in this place CHORUS O lord, the sun went down and it never came up again I feel like this coal mine’s up in Alaska Yea, I feel like this coal mine’s up in Alaska In the morning nothing much was left Just the hollow bones of all them crows And the mine shaft shut its fist And then the blue sky blinked out And all my blood gets filtered through this coal Doris, I swear I love you but the earth just opened and swallowed me up And I’m tapping on a rusty pipe all day But the blood that rusted up my heart Is black as any river water And I wonder if you hear anything I say BRIDGE But that rust flows through my veins And it’s more than coal that left this stain And my eyes are open but I can’t see a thing And the air I’m breathing is as thin as a string CHORUS O lord, the sun went down and it never came up again I feel like this coal mine’s up in Alaska Yea, I feel like this coal mine’s up in Alaska

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"I’m up on the roof every morning like clockwork
And I watch ‘em rise up through the trees
It’s the last flight of the Pigeon Club…
You oughta come out this year"

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released October 23, 2002

Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal
Tim Kiah: Upright Bass & Harmony Vocal
Michael Plunkett: Drums
Liisa Yonker: Harmony Vocal

Recorded & Engineered by Roger Scheepers
Cover Art by Jamie B. Wolcott

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Curtis Eller Durham, North Carolina

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer who's songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller has developed a devoted international following with his band, The American Circus. ... more

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