The Devil Lies with a Whiskey Tongue

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Music and lyrics by John Harper


The Devil lies with a whiskey tongue
He knows what you like
He might try to get you some
But when you take it, the price is way too high
The Devil’s gonna own on the day you die

I was a young man, I knew my way around
Fresh off the broadway
The biggest man in town
The devil came to me and offered me just one sip
It was an eternity of pain running through my virgin lips

He promised me women, good fortune, and fame
He said my young life would never be the same
He said my church days were a thing of the past
He promised a lifetime of good things to last
I never knew I’d pay him, never knew it’s true
Don’t know what I’m gonna do when that bill comes due

The first bottle was lucky, Made me feel twenty feet tall
The second bottle boosted that, It was better than them all
The third through the last were pretty much like the rest
It’s been ten years now, I’d say I passed the test

I’m living on the skid row, What’s good is all behind
The devil promised me the moon
But just gave me moonshine
I know what’s waiting and I know what’s left to come
Pass me that bottle, I’m drunk but I ain’t dumb

When the devil comes to you and offers you a sip
Says I know what you like and let us take a little trip
Tell him to get thee gone, Satan, I’ve heard what he sung
Because the Devil lies with a whiskey tongue


from Lead Lined Box, released August 15, 2016
John Harper, guitar and vocals
Josh Olivier-Mason, ukulele and vocals
Tom Shephard, bass
Don Shulsinger, banjo
David Walsh, harmonica
Joy Walsh, vocals



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The Mill Town Rounders play folk, rock, and bluegrass in the Boston area. Lead Lined Box is the group's first album of original songs.

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