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After the Soil Fails

from Wirewalkers & Assassins by Curtis Eller

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After the Soil Fails
In the key of Gm

This time the dream is a Russian oil tanker
Fidel Castro and the Cuban sugar cane
Richard Nixon is having the same old nightmare
Jack Ruby’s black secret crawlin’ up through the drain

So if William Tecumseh Sherman and the Union army
Come to finish off Savannah, just let it fall
’Cause even if they burn up all that Confederate money
You’re gonna find that Rebel engine right where it stalled

One of these days the soil’s gonna give out
And the Harvest moon will rise broken and pale
‘But like a million worthless acres of Oklahoma farmland
You’re gonna find me…right here…after the soil fails

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

When the hurricanes finally take out New Orleans
And the scarlet fever has left Philadelphia bare
And Malaria’s hanging on the New World like a shadow
There’s a ghost that we remember hangin’ in the air
(There’s a ghost that we remember still hangin’ there)

Hey little girl, there ain’t no use in crying
Keeping us up all night with that moaning wail
Like the dead horizon stretching out for a November mile
You’re gonna find me…right here…after the soil fails

One of these days the soil’s gonna give out
And the Harvest moon will rise broken and pale
‘But like a million worthless acres of Oklahoma farmland
You’re gonna find me…right here…after the soil fails
You’re gonna find me here afer he soil fails

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from Wirewalkers & Assassins, released April 7, 2008
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal
Chris Moore: Drums
Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnett: Upright Bass
Gary Langol: Lap Steel
Liisa Yonker: Harmony Vocal
Marilee Eitner: Harmony Vocal

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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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