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Sugar for the Horses

from Wirewalkers & Assassins by Curtis Eller

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Sugar For The Horses
In the key of Am

The last I heard of boss Tweed, they had him locked down in the tombs
Tammanny Hall has finally lost its bloom
He’s just another millionaire in chains breaking stone
You shoulda heard that knocked out jailbird moan
It’s been years since he’s heard the angels singing
How we long to hear those heavenly voices
But when the last chorus has grown silent
There’s always sugar for the horses
There’s always sugar, always sugar for the horses
When there’s no one left to sing
And if it ain’t the sweetest harmony you’ve ever heard
There’s always sugar for the horses

They’re dropping atom bombs outside of Vegas in the sand
You can watch ‘em while you listen to the band
And they’ve even got Elvis Presley chained up like a dog
Amphetamines to keep him in a fog
And you can plan on getting drunk every morning
If we don’t wanna sober up who’s gonna force us?
And even if the Vostead Act is back on the books
There’s always sugar for the horses
There’s always sugar, always sugar for the horses
When you’re as sober as a stone
But if the bourbon isn’t sweet enough to suit ya
There’s always sugar for the horses

When the service lets out and they pull back the pews
I can’t believe what’s buried underneath our shoes
They’re holding church service where the dogfights used to be
I don’t care if New York sinks into the sea
‘Cause no one’s hearing wedding bells ringing
Just another year of funerals and divorces
You can leave the whole town stranded at the alter
And there’s always sugar for the horses
There’s always sugar, always sugar for the horses
When you’re left standing all alone
And even if your sweetheart up and leaves you
There’s always sugar for the horses
There’s always sugar…

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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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