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CAT-GUT SCRAPER
in which a deck musician witnesses a bloody battle.
Featuring Joshua William Gelb and Blake Allen (violin).

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Lyrics:

CATGUT SCRAPER:
Oh, a lowly catgut scraper am I
Affixed to my fiddle diddle fiddle ‘til I die
Hell’s bells in the mud
And buckets of blood
There are fates much worse than mine

First to fall was the younker lad
Dropped from the top sail cannon clad
Where once he was both flesh and bones
Now he’s having tea with Davey Jones

Was it blunderbus or thundergun
Blasted the brain of the old boatswain?
He splattered ‘round the starboard deck
His face erased, his pecker erect

Oh, the butcher’s bill climbed mighty high
Since we sang that battle rattle battle bum cry
Hell’s bells in the mud
And buckets of blood
There are fates much worse than mine...

Cacafueco burnin’ right through ya
Catch a whiff o’ grapeshot, that’ll undo ya
Splat on the snotter’s smoldering hide
Drown in the juice of your own insides

Oh, a lowly catgut scraper am I
Affixed to my fiddle diddle fiddle ‘til I die
Hell’s bells in the mud
And buckets of blood
There are fates much worse than mine

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from HAIL OBLIVION, released April 9, 2017
Performed by the Cat-Gut Scraper (Joshua William Gelb).

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Johnstone/Gelb New York, New York

HAIL OBLIVION is the latest work by Gelb and Johnstone, whose music theater projects include Tully (In No Particular Order), last seen at NYMF, and the rock musical Sometimes in Prague, which was featured in American Theater Magazine as part of the Polyphone Festival, after previous development at the Tank, Joe's Pub, and the New Ohio Ice Factory. ... more

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