To Beat the Devil Karaoke - Kris Kristofferson

This title is a cover of To Beat the Devil as made famous by Kris Kristofferson

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About

In the same key as the original: G

Release date: 1970
Genres: Country, Folk, In English
Original songwriter: Kristoffer Kristofferson

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Lyrics To Beat the Devil

A couple of years back
I come across a great and wasted friend of mine in the hallway of a recording studio
And while he was recitin' some poetry to me that he had written
I saw that he was about a step away from dyin' and I couldn't help but wonder why
And uh the lines of this song occurred to me
I'm happy to say he's no longer wasted and he's got him a good woman
And I'd like to dedicate this to John and June who helped show me how to beat the devil
It was wintertime in Nashville
Down on Music City Row
And I was lookin' for a place and to get myself out of the cold
To warm the frozen feelin' that was eatin' at my soul
Keep the chilly wind off my guitar
My thirsty wanted whiskey but my hunger needed beans
But it had been a month of paydays since I'd heard that eagle scream
So with a stomach full of empty and a pocket full of dreams
I left my pride and stepped inside a bar
Actually I'd guess you'd call it a tavern
Cigarette smoke to the ceiling and sawdust on the floor
Friendly shadows
I saw that there was just one old man sittin' at the bar and in the mirror I could see him checkin' me and my guitar
And he turned and said
Come up here boy and show us what you are
I said I'm dry and he bought me a beer
He nodded at my guitar and said It's a tough life ain't it
I just looked at him
He said you ain't makin' any money are you
I said
You been readin' my mail
He just smiled and said
Let me see that guitar
I got something you ought to hear
And then he laid it on me
If you waste your time a-talkin' to the people who don't listen to the things that you are sayin' who do you think's gonna hear
And if you should die explainin' how the things that they complain about are things they could be changin' who do you think's gonna care
There were other lonely singers in a world turned deaf and blind who were crucified for what they tried to show
And their voices have been scattered by the swirlin' winds of time 'cos the truth remains that no one wants to know
Well the old man was a stranger but I'd heard his song before
Back when failure had me locked out on the wrong side of the door
When no one stood behind me but my shadow on the floor and lonesome was more than a state of mind
You see the devil haunts a hungry man
If you don't wanna join him you gotta beat him
I ain't sayin' I beat the devil but I drank his beer for nothin'
Then I stole his song
And you still can hear me singin' to the people who don't listen to the things that I am sayin'
Prayin' someone's gonna hear
And I guess I'll die explainin' how the things that they complain about are things they could be changin'
Hopin' someone's gonna care
I was born a lonely singer and I'm bound to die the same
But I've gotta feed the hunger in my soul
And if I never have a nickel
I won't ever die ashamed 'cos I don't believe that no one wants to know

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