The Devil's Tunes

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THE DEVIL’S TUNES

Our dear and charming
American cousins
Plead the right to bear arms
And so die in their dozens
But who could deny them
This longing they have
To visit their children
On mortuary slabs

Oh it’s true that the devil
Has all the best tunes
And when he plays
I just gotta sing along
La la la...

And there are some holy men
Without even taking a look
Say a man should be killed
Just for writing a book
They take to the streets
And they call for his head
Then they riot and fight
And it’s them get killed instead

Oh it’s true that the devil
Has all the best tunes
And when he plays
I just gotta sing along
La la la...

And there are women who say
They love bastards the best
That a decent man
Can’t hold their interest
But when the bastards behave
Like they wanted them to
How they whine and complain
And come crying to you

Oh it’s true that the devil
Has all the best tunes
And when he plays
I just gotta sing along
La la la...

Well maybe I’m wrong
Maybe I shouldn’t laugh
At people who choose
A different path
And oh yes I know
I’m going to hell
But knowing what I know
Maybe it’s just as well

Coz’ I know that the devil
Has all the best tunes
So I can nick them from him
Instead of Jacques Brel

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from Take The Slow Train, released April 18, 2016

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