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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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from Banjo Music for Funerals (EP), released October 23, 2002
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal
Tim Kiah: Upright Bass & Harmony Vocal
Michael Plunkett: Drums
Liisa Yonker: 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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