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Seabird

I must have been reading a book about Muddy or Alan Lomax when I wrote this one. ​It's about a soldier's last night of freedom before shipping out to Europe.​ "Seabird" is Memphis slang for a jukebox.


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Well it’s the last few hours for the volunteers

Last few hours before they ship on out of here

Satan is Italian and he’s walking the earth

Feels like my fingers are turning into dirt


So won’t you put a nickel in the seabird's eye

Make sure to play it loud enough to make it all right


Well it’s the Dipsy Doodle down on Beale Street

There’s no escape from tomorrow no escape from the heat

My girlfriend she’s big boned and she’s true

She’s all I need forever I’m telling you


So won’t you put a nickel in the seabird's eye

Make sure to play it loud enough to save my life

Before I fly across the ocean my dear


So won’t you put a nickel in the seabird's eye

Tomorrow night a sergeant's gonna sing my lullaby


From Turkey Doolin at the Ya’ll Zig, released July 12, 2019

Music and lyrics by Benjamin Adair Murphy ASCAP (464341364). Published by Watery Grave

Recorded by Yuval Ziegler


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