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No Heaven for i Pagliacci

from Adversary by The Blood Feud Family Singers

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She tossed her cigarette as the ignition turned
She said, "There's one thing now that every clown must learn"
We drove away and she said, as the warehouse burned
"There is no heaven for i Pagliacci"

She said, "American boy, that's how freedom feels
Not the kind they give you, but the kind you steal
And you will never be free until you see there really
Is no heaven for i Pagliacci"

I said I'd pray for her, she said, "Tell a joke for me
Life is much too short to waste on dignity
Let our laughter burn all of Italy
There is no heaven for i Pagliacci"

And so we lay together 'neath the Turkish smoke
I said my heart might break, she said, "It long since broke
We are not vandals, love, we simply get the joke
It goes, 'But doctor, I am Pagliaccio'"

Was that how grace would feel? Was that how angels pray?
"Trick or treat, my sweetheart"? "Tanti auguri a te"?
From happy April Fool to merry Judgment Day
There is no heaven for i Pagliacci

And so that's how I found my way
My signorina and the kerosene and me
Drove to the shipyard, singing, "Ta-ra-ra-boom, non ce
Paradiso per i Pagliacci"


from Adversary, released November 11, 2018


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Up-tempo down-hearted poetic-philosophic country-fried hostility for sentimental haters.

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