"Up Jumped the Devil" as written by and Kid Powers Blixa Bargeld....
O my o my, what a wretched life
I was born on the day that my poor mama died
I was cut from her belly with a Stanley knife
My daddy did a jig with the drunk midwife

Who's that yonder all in flames?
Dragging behind him a sack of chains
Who's that yonder all in flames?
Well up jumped the Devil and he staked his claim on me

O poor heart, I was doomed from the start
Doomed to play the villains part
I was the baddest Johnny in the apple cart
My blood was blacker than the chambers of a dead nun's heart

Who's that milling round the courthouse steps?
Nailing my face to the hitching fence
Who's that milling round the courthouse steps?
Up jumped the Devil and off we crept

O no o no, where could I go?
With my hump of trouble and my sack of woe
To the digs and the deserts of Mexico
Where my neck was safer from the lynching rope

Who's that yonder laughing at me?
Like I was the brunt of some hilarity
Who's that yonder laughing at me?
Well up jumped the Devil, 1, 2, 3

H-h-how lucky we were
We hit the cat houses and we sampled their whares
We got as drunk as a couple of Czars
That night I swallowed my lucky stars

Who's that dancing on the jail house roof?
Stamping on the ramping with a cloven hoof
Who's that dancing on the jail house roof?
Well up jumped the Devil and said, "Here is your man, I got proof"

O no, o no don't go, o slow down Joe
The righteous path is straight as an arrow
Take a walk and you'll find it's too narrow
Too narrow for the likes of me

And who's that hanging from the gallow tree?
His eyes are blocked but he looks like me
Now who's that swinging from the gallow tree?
Well up jumped the Devil and took my soul from me

Down we go
Down we go
Down we go
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"Up Jumped the Devil" as written by Kid Powers Blixa Bargeld

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    General CommentSo at first I thought this song was mad goofy... the whole "devil" kinda theme seemed really hokey. But it grows on you. Sure, it's over-stylized and overdramatic, but it's pretty catchy and sort of an interesting story. Plus there's just something so magnetic about the whole dark tone of it... like reading a good scary book or watching a horror movie. Can't help but enjoy it. =)
    porcupinegloveson February 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so damn good, sinister like
    precipitateon October 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's the beauty of this song. It starts almost cartoonish with the whole
    "I was born on the day
    That my poor mother died
    I was cut from her belly
    With a stanley knife
    My daddy did a jig
    With the drunk midwife"
    and the devil bit but then at the end it's really quite chilling:
    "Up jumped the Devil and he took my soul from me"
    and
    "Down we go
    For Eternity"
    mackkaon August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song is hilariously dark. I love the exaggerated metaphors.
    Applecheekson March 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm pretty sure it should be:
    "My blood was blacker
    Than the chambers of a dead nun's heart"

    "Up jumped the Devil and off we crept"


    and "That night I swallowed my lucky star."
    PhylNotCharleson April 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe "swallowed my lucky star" line has always struck me as odd... is this based on some british or aussie figure of speech ?

    a look at the life of someone the calvanists would surely call "reprobate"
    TheNipperon May 28, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correction"younder" should be "yonder"
    "villains" = "villain's"
    "Than the of a dead nun's heart" = "Than the chambers of a dead nun's heart" (missed word)
    "cathouse" should be plural: "cathouses"
    "And sampled their whares" = "And we sampled their wares" (missed word, and "wares")
    "One night I spat out / My lucky stars" = "That night I swallowed / My lucky star" (One=That, spat out=swallowed, stars=star)
    "got a proof" = "got proof"
    "I straight" = "Is straight"
    "eyes are hollow" = "eyes are puffed"? (Puffed or popped, but definitely not "hollow")
    gementon October 13, 2010   Link

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