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John Wilkes Booth (Don't Make Us Beg)

from Wirewalkers & Assassins by Curtis Eller

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John Wilkes Booth (Don’t Make Us Beg)
In the key of D

John Wilkes Booth has let me down for the last time
God help us if we can’t pull this rotten tooth
I don’t care it the Civil War starts all over
I’m through waiting for John Wilkes Booth

We need a man like John Brown down in Harper’s Ferry
Dreams jumping out of his head, you can watch ‘em burn
Just a wild-eyed lunatic from Kansas
Somebody to teach ‘em a lesson that’s gonna stay learned

Where is John Wilkes Booth when we need him?
To drop a match in this powder keg?
That son of a bitch is up there in the balcony all alone
C’mon, John Wilkes Booth don’t make us beg

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

They’re dumping gasoline in the backyard, man I seen ‘em
Draggin’ Herbert Hoover out of that hole
They’re soaping over the windows in the Whitehouse
And they’re sinking all their money into coal

Where is Lee Harvey Oswald…
When we’re shaking and afraid?
We need is a shadow in every window along the parade route
To make ‘em wish that they’d never joined that motorcade

Where is John Wilkes Booth when we need him?
C’mon man and shake that broken leg
That son of a bitch is up there in the balcony, man I can see ‘em
John Wilkes Booth don’t make us beg
John Wilkes Booth don’t make us beg
John Wilkes Booth don’t make us beg

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from Wirewalkers & Assassins, released April 7, 2008
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal
Chris Moore: Drums
Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnett: Upright Bass
Marilee Eitner: Accordion & Harmony Vocal
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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