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lyrics

The Joyful Dead
In the key of Am

In rich earthy soil infested with snails
I wish to dig my own grave
Where I can at leisure, stretch out my old bones
And sleep like a shark in the waves

For I have a hatred for testaments and tombs
And rather than implore the world’s sorrow
I’d sooner, while living, invite down the crows
To drain all my blood and my marrow
I’d sooner, while living, invite down the crows
To drain all my blood and my marrow

Oh Worms! Black comrades, deaf and blind
Take this dead body sinking down, joyful and free
I leave this body to you….wanton philosophers
You, wanton philosophers
You children of rotting soil!

So dig through my ruin without remorse
Learn what tortures may still haunt the bed
Of this old soulless body, dead among dead
Dead among dead
This old soulless body, dead among dead
Dead among dead

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from Baudelaire in a Box: Songs of Anguish (EP), released May 27, 2015
Curtis Eller: banjo & lead vocal
Dana Marks: harmony vocal
Shea Broussard: harmony vocal
Louis Landry: drums, accordion, glockenspiel, keyboards, vocal
William Dawson: vibraphone
Douglas Vuncannon: upright bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joseph Dejarnette
Artwork by Jamie B. Wolcott

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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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