The Ballad of Tillie Rue

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The Ballad of Tillie Rue follows the notorious life, death, and re-animation of famous nineteenth-century fur-trapper Tillie Rue.


Sweet Tillie Rue was drinkin' booze at the Iron Horse Saloon
In walked a man about five foot ten, said "Baby, how do you do?"
Well she downed her drink cause she had to think as he looked her up and down
She said, "I have a name and it's not baby, my name is Tille Rue!"

"Oh I'm sorry miss, but you must have missed
I'm fine society. And you're awfully high and mighty for a poor girl of 23!
Let me see your hand, don't you have a man
to show you right from wrong? Well, I can't say that I'd blame them,
you're reckless drunk and you're headstrong!"

Tillie Rue was drinkin' booze
Like she was accustomed to
But she had better things to do
Divination and voodoo

She pulled back her hand, shook her head and turned to walk away
But he held her there by her long hair, said "Don't move or disobey!"
Sweet Tillie Rue now had the blues, this man was awfully strange
Dragged her downstairs it was not fair
But she could not get away!


One stormy night Sweet Tillie Rue plotted her revenge
With a shiny Starr Revolver tucked into her corset lace
She hiked up her skirts and made her way under the blue full moon
to the yonder hills where the moonshine stills were secretly tucked away


Oh she saw him there with his short black hair and his Revenuer's coat
She drew her gun to shoot him but his aim was fast and true
Hot bullets pierced the rainy night and Tillie gasped and moaned
Oh she died right there but a soft white sphere hovered under the moon


Two days had passed that mean old man went back to the moonshine stills
To see if he could tax the folks who brewed their red-eye there
Well he saw no trace of name or face so he made his was back downhill
But a white-hot jolt went thru his bones for there was Tillie Rue!


Oh she was not dead, was it in his head? Cause she mounted his black horse
With a warrior yell her bosom swelled and it filled him with remorse
"Sweet Tillie Rue, my god it's you! I can't believe my eyes!"
She gazed at him so fiercely and said, "My spirit will rise"



from Red Eye Ruby, track released January 21, 2017



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