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Sunsphere Rise

from They Call Me Mr. Brown by Randall Brown

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Randall says:
Jesse Mayshark, Knoxville music writer and editor of the Metro Pulse weekly newspaper, wrote the lyrics for this as a tongue-in-cheek "what if Tom Waits wrote a song about Knoxville" experiment. I put music to it and recorded it in a day, singing it in a Waitsian way, and also paying homage to guitarist Marc Ribot.

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Way down in the Old City outside the Pilot Light
The skinny boys and the pale girls are spoilin' for a fight
The flower man is comin', but he won't sell much tonight
And I'm just waitin' on a sign

The sweethearts on Magnolia will take you for a spin
A 20-minute date for a half-pint of gin
Somebody called the Mayor, but the Mayor wasn't in
And I'm just holding the line

Down by the river with a Vestal girl
You never known nothin' til she gives you a whirl
Benny's got some hooch to make your straight hairs curl
And I never seen the Sunsphere rise
No, I've never seen the Sunsphere rise.

The flower man is comin', but the Mayor isn't in
Benny's got some hooch to make your curly hairs spin
I'm holding this line and I'm waiting on a sign
And I never seen the Sunsphere rise, boys,
No, I've never seen the Sunsphere rise.

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from They Call Me Mr. Brown, released August 4, 2011
Lyrics by Jesse Fox Mayshark
Vocals, electric guitar, glass-bottle percussion and Garage Band loop sequencing by Randall Brown

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