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God's Tattoos

from by William Lee Ellis

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about

A rhumba that resides somewhere between Buenos Aires and Marrakech, two of my favorite places in the world. It has something to do with the indelible ink of experience, if you will. Lyrics by my musical brother, Larry Nager, who happens to be a mean triple washboard player, to boot.

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Thought you’d get a scratch or two
Couldn’t get away, more waited for you
It leaves its mark on all of us
Broken skin, broken hearts

The designs appear slowly in lines deep and blue
Got yourself another one of God’s tattoos

They remind life is over way too soon
The scars that remain, the beautiful wounds
It leaves its mark on all of us
Broken skin, broken hearts

Every one is different, every one is true
Got yourself another one of God’s tattoos
No matter what your name is or how fancy your moves
Got yourself another one of God’s tattoos

You can wear them like diamonds with pride
Or keep them like secrets locked up inside

You can wear them like diamonds with pride
Or keep them like secrets locked up inside

The designs appear slowly in lines deep and blue
Got yourself another one of God’s tattoos

The cuts are made for us, it’s the colors we choose
Got yourself another one of God’s tattoos
Every one is different, every one is true
Got yourself another one of God’s tattoos

credits

from God's Tattoos, released July 11, 2006
William Lee Ellis - vocals, guitars
Amy LaVere - bass
Paul Taylor - drums
Jim Dickinson - keyboards
Rick Steff - accordion
Ruba Russell - vocals
Jimmy Davis - vocals

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William Lee Ellis Memphis

"There's no one else playing exactly the same sort of music as William Lee Ellis," said legendary producer Jim Dickinson of the Americana/blues master acoustic guitarist. "It's as if he's invented his own sort of 'holy blues' genre."

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