Dead Ex​-​Boyfriend Blues

by Eric Butterfield

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A rock song that tells the tale of a man trying to win a woman who is still hung up on her ex, "Dead Ex-Boyfriend Blues" makes it clear that when you fight a memory, you always lose.

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Dead Ex-Boyfriend Blues
©2016 Eric Butterfield (BMI)/Scott Mickelson (ASCAP); Red Dirt Ditties (BMI)

He's the ghost in this smoky bar
Plays the juke box, hums a few bars
You get up and dance when
He starts playing your song

You told the tale at 2 a.m.
No, you ain't broken-hearted
The tattoo 'cross your chest tells another truth
You're still in love, and he's gone

He's still laughing at your city boots
You're still dancing like he's watching you
Everybody's gone home, what about you?

Chorus:
Fight a man, it's him or you
Fight a memory and you always lose
No man can beat the dead ex-boyfriend blues

You left your tears in the winter cold
Your smile is hundred proof
Just one more shot of whiskey
And you're bulletproof

So how can I make love to you?
Staring at a map of your past
The name of a ghost in blood red and Air Force blue

Chorus:
If you hit a man he'll break or bruise
Swing at a memory, it ducks your move
No man can beat the dead ex-boyfriend blues

You say he rattles the pearly gates
I say he's burning below
Remember the night he threw you out and I took you home?

In the corner of this smoky bar
You said you'd never wear his name
Now, look who's on your hood and your license plate

Chorus:
Fight a man, it's him or you
Rope a memory and you wear the noose
No man can beat the dead ex-boyfriend blues

Fight a man, he'll break or bruise
Fight a memory and you always lose
No man can beat the dead ex-boyfriend blues
No man can beat the dead ex-boyfriend blues

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released February 7, 2019
©2016 Eric Butterfield (BMI)/Scott Mickelson (ASCAP); Red Dirt Ditties (BMI)

By Eric Butterfield and Scott Mickelson

Produced by Scott Mickelson (www.mickelsonmusic.com)

Eric Butterfield: Vocals, guitars
Scott Mickelson: Backing vocals, harmonica
Drums: Frank Reina

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Eric Butterfield California

Eric Butterfield is a singer/songwriter from Northern California. In January 2018, Eric released his first single, “Wake Me in Paris.”

Eric also puts out music as Sons of the Golden West (www.sotgw.com). His EP from 2016, “Oh, California!”, received college radio airplay, including on “The Next Big Thing” show on KALX (U.C. Berkeley).

Eric's music has appeared in more than 180 TV episodes.
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