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Tennessee
Silver Jews Lyrics


I saw the river playing in the valley
Rushin' 'round the bend and skippin' stones
I saw the meadow wobble in the moonlight
I've come to get my girl and take her home

Her doorbell plays a bar of Stephen Foster
Her sister never left and look what it cost her
We're gonna live in Nashville and I'll make a career
out of writing sad songs and gettin' paid by the tear

Marry me and leave Kentucky, come to Tennessee

Cause you're the only ten I see
You're the only ten I see

I've looked through offices and honky tonks for a man man enough to be
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee

Punk rock died when the first kid said
"Punk's not dead, punk's not dead"
You know Louisville is death
We've got to up and move
because the dead do not improve

Goodbye users & suckers & steady badluckers
We're off to the land of club soda unbridled
We're off to the land of hot middle-aged women
Off to the land whose blood runneth orange

Marry me and leave Kentucky, come to Tennessee

Cause you're the only ten I see
You're the only ten I see

I've looked through offices and honky tonks for a man man enough to be
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee

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Scream Tarantino

I discovered David Berman the same day he committed suicide and connected with his music as with few groups throughout my life. Now I can not stop listening to his songs and feel that his music is a reflection in which to look.

Wherever you are, I hope you finally got rid of your chains David.

Pollins Eclectic

"because the dead do not improve" - brilliant line. Berman will be dearly missed, not many people write songs like he did, in fact nobody does. A unique talent

skivit

Berman's the only man I know that can take such a cheap pick-up line and make it mean something so goddamn deep.

John Zale

Many famous critics agree that this song is the culmination of all musical history.

Nick Perkins

Bless ya

bullgoosesam

all of them do, you know that

djcaulfi

Only just discovered these guys - this song gets in your bones man! RIP David.

twas brillig

I'm very annoyed i had to learn of the death of this man before I had ever heard of this band. i mean WTF!!??? They are amazing!!!! SUPER SAD DAY!!!!

hstickhstick

Punk rock died when the first kid said, “punks not dead! Punks not dead!” - such a great line! What a loss

dope smoke

RIP David
you’ll be so so missed

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