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After the Riot

from A Poison Melody by Curtis Eller

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lyrics

After the Riot

Jesus Christ is a white man
Any blind man can see
I know redemption will
Settle upon me eventually
Hallelujah I found out
I got here just in time
The faces on my money tell me Everything will be fine

Look at that black smoke rising
And all the blood in the street
Here come the National Guard
But I ain't losing no sleep
Blackout in the dance hall
Just when I hit the floor
You say you don't love me mama
Well I heard all that before

The world is mine
I am never alone
The iron in my blood
The calcium in my bones
Let the chains of this cruel world
Be melted down and recast
A bell I can ring with my heart
I am free at last

All the slaves in China
All the napalm in Vietnam
A well of misery deeper
Than the Grand Coulee Dam
Every heart full of romance
All the ships out at sea
Sink into the darkness
And you will never be free

The world is mine
My sweet broken home
Won't you take me back?
How can you leave me alone?
Let the chains of this cruel world
Be melted down and recast
A bell I can ring with my heart
I am free at last

The world is mine
I am never alone
The iron in my blood
The calcium in my bones
Let the chains of this cruel world
Be melted down and recast
A bell I can ring with my heart
I am free at last

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from A Poison Melody, released May 30, 2019
Curtis Eller: lead vocals, banjo
Dana Marks: lead vocals
Stacy Wolfson: harmony vocals
Hugh Crumley: upright bass
Jack Fleishman: drums, percussion
Steve Cowles: tenor saxophones

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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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