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lyrics

i spent all my money in
a mexican whorehouse,
across the street from a
catholic church, and then i
wiped off my revolver, and
i buttoned up my burgundy
shirt, i shot the morning in
the back, with my red
wings on, i told the sun
he’d better go back down,
and if i can find a book of
matches, i’m goin’ to burn
this hotel down.

you got to tell me brave
captain, why are the wicked
so strong, how do the
angels get to sleep, when
the devil leaves his porch-
light on.

well i dropped thirty
grand on the nugget slots, i
had to sell my ass on fre-
mont street, and the drum-
mer said there’s sanctuary,
over at the bagdad room,
and now it’s one for the
money, two for the show,
three to get ready, and go
man go, i said tell me mr.
siegal, how do i get out of
here.

well willard’s knocked
out on a bottle of heat,
drivin’ dangerous curves
across the dirty sheets, he
said man you ought to see
her, when her parents are
gone, man you ought to
hear her when the siren’s
on.

you got to tell me brave
captain, why are the wicked
so strong, how do the
angels get to sleep, when
the devil leaves his porch-
light on.

don’t you know that ain’t
no broken bottle, that i
picked up in my head-
lights, on the other side of
the nevada line, where they
live hard die young, and
have a good lookin’ corpse
every time, well the pit-
boss said i should keep
movin’, this is where you
go when you die, and so i
shot a black beauty, and i
kissed her right between
the eyes.

well willard’s knocked
out on a bottle of heat,
drivin’ dangerous curves
across the dirty sheets, he
said when the bitch is
wound up, and her parents
are gone, man you ought to
hear her with the siren on.

you got to tell me brave
captain, why are the wicked
so strong, how do the
angels get to sleep, when
the devil leaves his porchlight on.

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from Heartattack And Vine (Remastered), released March 9, 2018

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