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Stephen Foster

from Taking Up Serpents Again by Curtis Eller

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Stephen Foster (Dear friends & Gentle Hearts)
In the key of E

This is the room where Stepohen Foster Died
And this is the song that finally broke his pride
It’s a 37 cent sentimental piece
His fingers shakin’ on the keys
The melody somehow escapes me
my memory has run dry

Elvis Presley gonna thank me for what I done
And nobody works up a crowd, not like Al Jolson
Won’t you bring a dead man one last drink
There’s a shot glass over on the bathroom sink
It’s dark on the Bowery and cold as the Alabama sun

CHORUS
This is the town where Stephen Foster died
This is the town where Stephen Foster died
The melodies fade and the years grow faint
And the kids ain’t wearin’ the black grease paint
Like they did back in 1845

I got a heart that never has been broke
And it’s black from the memory of the Pennsylvania smoke
When I’m gone you can forget this mess
Well, what’s one angel more or less…
Dear friends and gentle hearts?

CHORUS
This is the town where Stephen Foster died
This is the town where Stephen Foster died
The melodies fade and the years grow faint
And the kids ain’t wearin’ the black grease paint
Like they did back in 1845

This is the town where Stephen Foster died

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from Taking Up Serpents Again, released October 23, 2004
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal
Chris Moore: Drums
Joe Exley: Tuba
Liisa Yonker: Harmony Vocal
Marilee Eitner: Harmony Vocal
Gary Langol: Piano

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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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