Ark of the Covenant
by Memphis Evans

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I've always wanted to write an Elvis song. This is one of those efforts, somewhat resembling the stop time thing of "Jailhouse Rock". "California" from the Great Uncle Helmer album old man will travel is another that was meant to be an Elvis song. I've also always wanted to write a song like those on The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan and The Band. "Ark of the Covenant" is where those two efforts met.

Lyrics:

I drank chamomile tea the first day
All I did was barf
I drank blackjack whiskey the second day
A friendly dog said, "Arf!"
I drank turpentine on the third day
They thought it was a suicide
I drank moo juice on the fourth day
And there ain't no place left to hide from
The Ark of the Covenant comin' your way
The Ark of the Covenant (Ark of the Covenant!)
A of the C man it's comin' to town for you and me

I drank the seven seas on the fifth day
And that cut me down to size
I drank the seven oceans on the sixth day
Then I turned a hundred and five
I drank grain alcohol on the seventh day
By then I felt a little bit sick
I drank snake oil on the eighth day
And that fixed me up real quick
Aw, but the Ark of the Covenant's comin' your way
The Ark of the Covenant
The A of the C, man, it's comin' to town for you and me

Really what I've been drinkin' depends upon my mood
And lately, lately baby, I haven't felt too good

So don't even ask me about the ninth day
I won't say what I know
If you want to read about the tenth day
I can tell you just where to go
I can barely remember the eleventh day
My race was almost lost
I thought maybe, maybe by the twelfth day
I had gotten my point across about
The Ark of the Covenant comin' your way
The Ark of the Covenant
A of the C, man, it's comin' to town for you and me

Bass solo

Aw the Ark of the Covenant comin' your way
The Ark of the Covenant
A of the C, man, it's comin' to town for you and me

Finally I stopped drinkin' I felt like I was done
I swore I'd never drink again but maybe I’ll just have one
even though I know

the Ark of the Covenant's is comin' my way
The Ark of the Covenant
The A of the C it's comin' to town for you and me
One more time
The Ark of the Covenant's comin' my way
The Ark of the Covenant
The A of the C it's comin' to town for you and me

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