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Buster Keaton

from Taking Up Serpents Again by Curtis Eller

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Buster Keaton
In the key of F


Since they started in with the talkies you can’t get a moment’s peace
But they’re talkin’ just to hear there own voices, well at least…
…that’s what it seems like
‘Cause there’s nothing that I’ve heard that bares repeatin’
Won’t you come back to the movies Buster Keaton?

It barely took a decade for those negatives to decay
But what the Hell man, there was nitrate in the filmstock from those days
…and I guess that’s the problem
But I’m not tired enough to admit that I’ve been beaten
Won’t you come back to the movies Buster Keaton?

I wish that I was Buster Keaton when they took it all away
Getting drunk every night on Irish whiskey
Or maybe Fatty Arbuckle when the headlines finally declared
“Well, I guess that it’s just a mystery
But I’m not gonna be like Charlie Chaplin
Jumpin’ on the first boat…
To sail away before they have a chance to miss me
No I’m staying here…here in New York City
I don’t care how bad it gets

They keep on making pictures but they’re worthless and they’re sad
And they never will make up for the silence that we had…
…and now we’re stuck with it
And the kids are watchin’ T.V. while they’re eatin’
Won’t you come back to the movies Buster Keaton?
Won’t you come back to the movies Buster Keaton?
Won’t you come back to the movies…

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from Taking Up Serpents Again, released October 23, 2004
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead 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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