Blister Soul (Reprise)   Run Time: 4:25

Written by Bill Mallonee for Irving Music, Inc., Allegiance Music, Russachugama Music and CyBrenJoJosh (BMI) ©1995

baptize me in elijah creek
how could i continue
near the furnace at debtors forge
just east of west virginia
heard the strain as a small child
of the drum and bugle corps
oh my blister soul

we interrupt this program
this report just in
carnage continues unabated
according to recent bulletins
yeah we're live on the scene baby
so let those cameras roll
oh my blister soul

why did you spend so much
why did you give it all
poured out on cold little misers
and the returns are so small
yeah those strange economics
and the length that love goes
oh my blister soul

no doubt your honor
i stand condemned by law
wire photo of a grinning man
beside a bullet-riddled fuselage
i got this bolt-action heart
and a lot of ammo
oh my blister soul

well the patient looks healthy
and the citizen free
but there been lots of known cases
of mistaken identity
"and if the shoe fits"
the preacher extolled
oh my blister soul

Did You Know?

A favorite of many, "Blister Soul Reprise" makes reference to a place called Debtor's Forge. This is not an actual location; the name was inspired by signs in West Virginia showing where the old forges were. It was written on the way to play on Mountain Stage in Wheeling, WV. It was done live on the second take. Bill described this song as something "that makes sense about three o'clock in the morning." Also, "It's not like Neil Young doing an electric and an acoustic version of Rockin in the Free World. There are some of the same chords in them, but after that the similarities disappear. Just that same phrase, oh my blister soul." Also, "The tune has a King James-y feel... so since I couldn't find anything to rhyme with "saith"....I chose "extolled"... I have no idea what I meant... I don't a lot of the time."

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