Blues in the Water

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This song commemorates the tragic accident concerning the Sultana, and is dedicated to those lost on April 27th, 1865.


Five dollars a man
Twice that if they got something on their shoulder
I got cash in hand
For each living Yankee that you get across the border
It's a simple plan
And one’ll make you rich if you do what you outta
Raise your right hand
And swear to the bottle that you care for your brother
Guardian angel, safe from the slaughter
Twenty-four hundred blues in the water

We’ll pack ‘em in
Standing room only all the way to intermission
Like fish in a tin
It ain’t high living but it’s better than the prison
It ain’t no sin
To make a little money in the service to your nation
Wipe off that grin
You won’t get a sniff until we get out of the station
Eyes on the river, mind on the dollar
Twenty-four hundred blues in the water

Bless my soul
Black as coal
Dark as the Mississippi
Come on children sing it with me
Number one boiler’s gonna blow

Oh Captain Mason
I will confess
Sultana’s burning 'neath us
I must protest

This union gold
That’s filling up your pocket’s gonna drag you to the bottom
This ferry’s toll
Is payable to Charon and the father who begot him
We’re going home
To Hell and Ohio and the Devil and the Governor
To each his own
I can’t wait to tell ‘em ‘bout my drunkard of a partner
It’s death for the dealer, praise for the plotter
Twenty-four hundred blues in the water


from Marching Orders, released February 24, 2017
Lyrics by Major Jake Gordin
Music by King's German Legion



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