May Your Soul Get to Heaven

from by Chris Velan

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    Chris Velan recorded this album - over many burritos - at Mission Bells studio in San Francisco and released it in 2008. It was produced by the one and only Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips - an incredible songwriter and performer as well as a gifted producer. David Simon-Baker, aka DSB, engineered it at MB and mixed the hell out of it at Laughing Tiger in Sausalito. Chris had such a blast making this record and was joined by an illustrious gang of Bay Area/SoCal musicians: Adam Topol (drums), John Hofer (drums), Paul Hoaglin (bass), Jackie Greene (piano, organ), Dan Lebowitz (guitar), Nicki Bluhm (backing vocals), Sara Johnston (backing vocals), Tim Bluhm (guitar, backing vocals) and Dave Ralicke (horns).

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lyrics

MAY YOUR SOUL GET TO HEAVEN

If you see a magpie remember this rhyme
“One for sorrow and two for joy
Three for a girl and four for a boy
Five for silver and six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told”
Where a spider ‘round your neck in a walnut shell
Keep a folded newspaper in your shoe
Stick the pages up with wallpaper glue
The devil has to read every word
Before he can get to you I’ve heard//

May your soul get to Heaven
May your soul get to Heaven
Get to Heaven
So the devil knows you’re dead//

Don’t you let the robin in keep the white moth out
See the seventh son of the seventh son
If you need healing he’s the one
It never bodes well to see a dog cry
You dreamed of snow now your parents’ gonna die
If she doesn’t drop the scissors then she’s been true
But don’t part ways on a bridge, my friend
‘Cause you’ll never see each other again
And if you catch a sparrow on Valentine’s Day
You’ll marry poor but be happy anyway//

May your soul get to Heaven
May your soul get to Heaven
Get to Heaven
So the devil knows you’re dead//

Throw the windows up, move the birdcage out
If the doors are locked, his soul can’t leave
Take all the buttons off his sleeve
Sew up his pockets and close his eyes
Turn all the mirrors and tell no lies
If you lived a good life there’ll be flowers on your grave
And they’ll keep one half of your comb
But don’t ever try to follow them home
‘Cause they don’t want you there no more at all//

May your soul get to Heaven
May your soul get to Heaven
Get to Heaven
So the devil knows you’re dead//

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from Solidago, released April 1, 2009

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