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Busby Berkeley Funeral

from How to Make It in Hollywood by Curtis Eller

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lyrics

Busby Berkeley Funeral
In the key of Bb

I do not have to worry because I know what’s in store…
When the angels crowd around and cast their shadow on my door
And there will be no sorrow, when they call the final dance
I don’t mind…I made arrangements…in advance …

I left instructions for my funeral with the camera crew
Take me down to MGM, they’ll know what to do
Tell those Hollywood angels the time as come to gather ‘round
And there will be no sweeter sound

I want Marlene Deitrich singing “Lilly Malene”
When they send me to the front line, and if it’s got to rain
Give me Gene Kelly dancing so I can rise above my fear
Hey look, "The Gang’s All Here"!

There’s Carmen Miranda to wash away my blue
Esther Williams drinking champagne by the swimming pool
Hey that’s Rudy Vallee singing in that sweet baritone
Somebody get on the phone and get me…

Harpo Marx up on the bandstand
I need a Hollywood miracle, a brand new show
A Busby Berkeley funeral, don’t you know….

I want a Busby Berkeley Funeral
So these blonde haired angels see just how we roll
Swing down Hollywood, save my soul
Call out the chorus girls to dig that hole
I want a Busby Berkeley Funeral when I go

Hey Mana, you heard me right
I want a rainbow shining down on me in sweet black & white
Crank up the camera and let Sam Goldwyn know
It’s time to let me go
When this old heart grows weak and slow
Kill the house lights and hit me with that celluloid glow

I want a Busby Berkeley Funeral
Tell Cecil B. DeMille this is my legendary role
Swing down Hollywood, save my soul
Call out the chorus girls to dig that hole
I want a Busby Berkeley Funeral when I go
…Don’t you know

I want a Busby Berkeley Funeral
So these blonde haired angels see just how we roll
Swing down Hollywood, save my soul
Call out the chorus girls to dig that hole
I want a Busby Berkeley Funeral
A Busby Berkeley Funeral
I want a Busby Berkeley Funeral when I go

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from How to Make It in Hollywood, released January 31, 2014
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal
Louis Landry: Drums, Farfisa, Piano, Melodica, Harmony Vocal
Douglas Vuncannon: Upright Bass
Joseph Dejarnette: Harmony Vocal
Shea D. Broussard: Harmony Vocal
Dana Marks: 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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