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Composer : Kathleen Nisbet
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Track Produced by John Raham and Viper Central


Smoking in the sunshine
We never made the bigtime
It's all right, gonna be all right

We had a band to kill time
While we waited for the chilly wind to blow
Oh don't you know
We worked forty years, now we're ninety-nine cents short

There ain't no records playing,
No time to sit around and get uptight, Gotta do it right
Cut a rug or swing your partner
Jump n' Jive and jig or you can cut a shine, you'll be doing fine
The band's gonna keep on playing ease your troubled mind

You may be ninety-nine cents short or on the dole
But you still gotta have that rhythm in your soul
We're gonna raise a holler, take the back roads, spend a dollar
Leave your dying crops behind now we're ninety-nine cents short

You might not have a dime but there's a place for all of mine in this dance hall, ain't none too small
We got accordian and banjo, clarinet and fiddles and trombones, even sousaphone
It won't be long till the music shakes your bones

We'll do a Turkey in the Straw and Arkansas, Crooked Stovepipe, Seven-step, French Minuet, Big John, Maple Sugar, Butterfly, Red River Jig oh the dust will fly You can leave your dying crops behind find you on the dance floor ninety-nine cents short

Smoking in the sunshine, we never made the bigtime, It's alright
Gonna be alright
We had a band to kill time while we waited for the chilly winds to blow
Oh don't you know
We worked forty years now we're ninety-nine cents short


from The Spirit of God and Madness, released March 1, 2017
Kathleen Nisbet : Lead Vocals and Fiddle
Steve Charles : Vocals, Guitar, Banjjo
Tim Tweedale: Steel Guitar
Mark Vaughan : Tenor Guitar
Patrick Metzger : Bass
Andrew Millar : Drums


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Viper Central is an acoustic stringband based in Vancouver. With roots in bluegrass and old time traditions, they have carved a niche for themselves with their original tunes and arrangements.

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