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Queen of Detroit

from 1890 (2011 Remix) by Curtis Eller

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Queen of Detroit
In the key of C minor

Well the grass was breaking up the concrete and the stone
That’s when she stumbled into town
And nobody was goin’ anywhere
So they went and shut the monorail down

And there’s wheelchairs rolling down the meddle of the road
And cornfields on Rosa Parks Avenue
And a pair of dark eyes in the second story window
And everytime you move they follow you

But Mona walked into the town with nothing but her shoes
And said” I’ll never look you in the eyes but I’ll always tell the truth”
And the devil woke up in a cold sweat down in Toledo

Well we all remember Mona she’s the Queen of Detroit
And she’s donna drive us all downtown
Where the reigndear swim across that filthy river
And the stray dogs have overrun the town

She’s got a copper feather from the wing of an angel
And it’s floating in a field of black
She got the means to sink Belle Isle like an anchor
But that monkey in the hat ain’t coming back

But Mona walked into the town with nothing but her shoes
And said, “I’ll never look you in the eyes and I’ll never tell the truth”
And the devil woke up in a cold sweat down in Toledo

And he’s drivin’ up north in the passing lane
And the sun was shining but the streets are full of rain
When the Devil takes a human wife there ain’t no ring

But Mona put the car in park and walked out of the sticks
She said, “what’s the best exit to pick up 696
And the devil woke up in a cold sweat
Yea the devil woke up in a cold sweat
Down in Toledo

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from 1890 (2011 Remix), released October 23, 2000
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal, Beer Bottles
Elizabeth Walsh: Electric Bass, Piano
Adam Budofsky: Drums

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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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