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Lenny Bruce

from A Poison Melody by Curtis Eller

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lyrics

Lenny Bruce

Have mercy...on this land
Mercy...this is not what we planned
There's a hollow place
Where the heart used to be
The absence left everyone
Broken n misery
What you want from me?
There ain't no heart that could take this bitter stuff
Oh mercy...mercy...
Ain't we had enough?

The angels... left the city
Ain't there just one...who can spare a little sympathy?
The cops turned up again
In San Francisco last night night
The jokes are the same
But something don't feel right
That old familiar light
Shines down but there's nothing here to see
Oh mercy...mercy...
Ain't you got some for me?

I'm fallen...like a bird with no wing
Fallen silent...a phonograph with no spring
They found him passed out
On the bathroom floor
The radio said Lenny Bruce ain't
Coming back no more
The future's such a bore
And there's one thing that would set us all free
Oh mercy...mercy...have mercy...
Mercy on me
Mercy...mercy...

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from A Poison Melody, released May 30, 2019
Curtis Eller: lead vocals, banjo
Dana Marks: harmony vocals
Hugh Crumley: electric bass
Jack Fleishman: drums, percussion
Steve Cowles: tenor saxophone
William Dawson: vibraphone

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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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