Devil's in Town

from The Poor Devil by Silas J. Dirge

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Devil's in Town is the second single from Silas J. Dirge's second album The Poor Devil.
The song's story is a metaphor about making a pact with the devil going awry.

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Forever I’ll remember
The scorching fires, the heat
The world glowed like ember
As demons roamed the streets

My ravenous thirst for power
When I saw the beings raid
Made me, in my finest hour
Shout ‘fiend, I need your aid’

When the devil’s in town
You’d better watch out
When the devil’s in town
Beware, there ain’t no way out

A tapping at my front door
And from the burning streets
A shrieking ‘What is it you crave for?’
I said ‘the world at my feet!’

‘Well I’ve got just the contract
Which, by handing me your soul
Will turn that wish into fact
No need to read it all’

When the devil’s in town
You’d better watch out
When the devil’s in town
Beware, there ain’t no way out

The devil stood and grinned
While I signed his pact in blood
He said ‘Did you read the small print,
my poor new demigod?’

I saw the cursed footnote
When the pact further unfurled
‘Beyond all time’ and I quote
‘You’ll rule this scalded empty world’

When the devil’s in town
You’d better watch out
When the devil’s in town
Beware, there ain’t no way out

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from The Poor Devil, track released February 28, 2020
Music and lyrics by Jan Kooiker

Jan Kooiker: vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Harald de Ruiter: electric guitars
Justin Zandbergen: backing vocals

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Silas J. Dirge Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Silas J. Dirge offers roots-infused poetry set to sparse arrangements that deftly conveys the hidden beauty behind dark roots music" - Saving Country Music

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