Ethel And Maud

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Dylan meets Garcia Marquez in this heartening acoustic tale of the mouse and the mermaid

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Ethel was a creature who could out-run any man
She was a credit to her own company
She sent out all the wrong messages
She lit the camp fires, burned the bridges
And shot herself at the battle of wounded knee
Thursdays she would peak outside the curtain,
Look around and say hello to some young man
Just to keep on hurting
Ethel was a creature 'bout as lovely as can be
Ethel was an island in the sea

Maud the magic mermaid she got tired of getting stoned
In a luckless dive down in the depths of Tennessee
She saddled up her pickup truck
She spent the night with the local buck
And in the morning headed out towards the sea
On the way she stopped to give a lift to some poor girl
Who tried to smile
Even while the tears rolled down her cheeks
Maud the magic mermaid's going to dry out in the sun
Ethel might as well come along

They talk about boys, boys, boys, boys, boys
Ethel starts to thinking
That Maud should keep on drinking
'Cause she's the wisest sounding woman in the world
So she climbs into the backseat
She says, 'I'm glad we met,' and falls asleep

Driving through the desert night
Maud swings into a purple light
That emanates from deep in Ethel's breast
A dinghy floating on the tide
A mother singing to her child
A lullaby so soft it'd break your heart
And on the road a passer by
Would swear he didn't believe his eyes
A glowing pick-up racing through the sky

Maud the magic mermaid's going to dry out in the sun
Ethel might as well come along
Maud the magic mermaid's going to dry out in the sun
Ethel might as well come along

Come along now

credits

from The Learning Curve, released March 6, 2010
Written and performed by Billy Mowbray
Produced by Billy Mowbray and Matt Sime
Recorded at Mouse Manor and Crypt Studios

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