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The Jazz Butcher Lyrics Line Of Death


Line Of Death
It's a man's life living in West Virginia.
It can take a chisel and stick it in ya.
They say they grow the world's finest tobaccos.
I say they're wacko - totally mad!
He had a no-good job, he had this Vietnamese wife.
He had the law in his yard, he lived this trailer-camp life.
He re-invented himself, he had the Lord on his side.
He re-invented himself, he took himself for a ride.

Life in the navy suites a man fine!
Life in the navy - gonna make the world mine.
Life in the navy the American way:
Life in the navy blowing arabs away.


Hold on sailor, sit down sailor - don't waste your breath!
Hup! Two! Three! Four!
Floating on a boat along the line of death.

The Libyan genie grants your every wish:
He's waiting for you - with the fish!
Plays the mad dog in the T.V. drama,
Likes to wear a uniform like the dalai lama.

Life in the navy can make you go blind.
Life in the navy for a nation of swine.
You should have seen for yourself, given gum to the kids:
He don't feel proud anymore about the things that he did.


Things move quicker and your blood runs thick along the line of death.

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So you've got a CD player, have you? I've got a headache and an abiding dislike of expensive food crews in dumb baseball hats. I've been in Edward's Closet and he wasnt't in. "That JBC", they mutter at the bus-stop, "turned left at the light a Long Time Ago".
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  • Sergio Leone
    The Butcher - NN1
    6Apr2004 6:30 AM (19 years 177 days ago)
    He's right - it's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme. And, get this, it was played by Laurence...on a nose flute!
  • Whistling
    ccamfield[at] - Ottawa, Canada
    5Apr2004 6:48 PM (19 years 177 days ago)
    I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but someone whistles a bit near the end of the song - and it's a reference to the soundtrack of one of the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns - I think it's The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.