Cost Of The Blues

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Playing the blues takes everything you have. In the end it will cost you your life so you’d best take your time.

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Cost Of The Blues

Lay me down in a shallow grave
Stamp my notes these debts are paid
Cross the water to the pearly gates
Saint Peter's got a place for me
Take your time when you pay these dues
Death is the cost of playing the blues
Any mortal man would understand
Saint Peter's got a place for me

(chorus)
There's a cold wind blowing through my window pane
Muddy waters running down in my vein
Fire in my belly, nothing left to lose
Death is the cost of playing the blues

I would walk a hundred miles or a hundred more
If I could catch the devil I would even the score
He got me here in a cold dark grave
Saint Peter's got a place for me
It was the red clay earth by the water side
There was too much drinking and not enough pride
They took my guitar and left me here to die
The life will be the death of me

(chorus)

Death is the cost of playing the blues
There ain't no way out of a life that you choose
Shut the door on this earthly frame
Saint Peter's got a place for me
You take your time when you pay these dues
Death is the cost of playing the blues
Any mortal man would understand
This life will be the death of me

(chorus)

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from Vintage Blend, released October 15, 2019

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Manitoba Hal Shelburne, Nova Scotia

For over 15 years, Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal has been forging a career as one of Canada’s most preeminent roots and blues multi-instrumentalists.

His original songs have become modern classics and his take on standards and popular blues songs of the past have brought him to the forefront of the Canadian and international blues scene.
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