Sugar In My Coffin

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From the album Taking Up Serpents Again by Curtis Eller's American Circus

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Sugar in My Coffin
In the key of Gm

They’re puttin’ water in the whiskey to keep the boys in line
“You ain’t bustin’ up my place like you did last time”
The drinks’re getting’ weaker with every round they serve
The way they keep you sober is getting’ on my nerves

When I’m dead and gone go I want some sugar in my coffin
If I’ve gotta go I want some sugar in my coffin

There ain’t no Elvis Presley from the waist down
Or else I ain’t learned nothin’ from T.V.
“He’s shakin’ like an animal, point that camera where I said
We need this white boy goin’ crazy like a hole in the head”

When I’m dead and gone go I want some sugar in my coffin
If I’ve gotta go I want some sugar in my coffin

I want sugar in my coffin, I wanna cut the bitter taste
‘Cause the President’s a liar…the county’s fallen in disgrace
And if they’re ever comin clean they ain’t got no time to waste
And if I gotta go…I want some sugar in my coffin

Well I heard about the séance in the Whitehouse yesterday
Has President Lincoln lost his mind?
They caught him in the graveyard, rootin’ in the mud
That’s the father of a nation with the sickness in his blood

Won’t you listen to me Mister? I want some sugar in my coffin
If I really gotta go I want some sugar in my coffin

I want sugar in my coffin, I wanna cut the bitter taste
But they hide it in your money
And there’s cameras everyplace
I been living with it just about as long as I can face
And if I gotta go…I want some sugar in my coffin

I want some sugar Mister
I want some sugar Mister
I want some sugar in my coffin

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from Taking Up Serpents Again, track released October 23, 2004
Curtis Eller: Banjo & Lead Vocal
Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnett: Upright Bass
Chris Moore: Drums
Marilee Eitner: Accordion
Liisa Yonker: Harmony Vocal

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Curtis Eller Durham, North Carolina

Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. Eller's songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Abe Lincoln, Buster Keaton and Joe Louis rub shoulders against a backdrop of circus disasters and sweatshop fires. ... more

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