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Title:  The Devil Never Sleeps (Demo Version)
Artist: Iron & Wine
Album:  The Shepherd's Dog (Alternate Takes)
This is the version of "The Devil Never Sleeps" from the alternate takes compilation of "The Shepherd's Dog" by Iron & Wine. It was released as a free download on the band website.

Performance Notes: Drop D Tuning (DADGBe)
Capo: 4th Fret.


Line A: This is the intro and verse riff. The 3rd and 4th bars are actually just a 
of the first two, but I have chosen to include them as one line because this is exactly half the of each of the lines in the verses.

Play twice for intro, then play twice for each of the first four lines of the verses.

"Dreamin' again..."


Line B: Play once at the beginning of the 5th and 6th lines of the versus, followed by A twice.

"No one on the corner..."


Bracketed lyrics are backing vocals on the main album. They are NOT present in this version of the song, but I have included them here for convenience.

Verse 1:

Dreaming again of a train track ending at the edge of the sea
(Big black cloud was low and rolling our way)
Dog at the barbed wire barking at my buzzcut friends and me
(Sound of a switchblade shining in the summer rain)
No one on the corner had a quarter for the telephone
Everybody bitching, "There's nothing on the radio"

Verse 2:

Dreaming again of a city full of fathers in their army clothes
(Chattering boys and a chicken at the chopping block)
All of us lost at the crosswalk waiting for the other to go
(Didn't find a friend but, boy, I really bought a lot)
Someone bet a dollar that my daddy wasn't coming home
Everybody bitching, "There's nothing on the radio"

Verse 3:

Dreaming again that its freezing and my mother's in her flowerbed
(Long dead rows of daffodils and marigolds)
Changing her face like a shadow on the gravel, this is what she said,
(Blood on my chin, still chewing on a red rose)
"No one lives forever and the devil never sleeps alone"
Everybody bitching, "There's nothing on the radio"

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