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Arm Wrestling with the Devil

words/music: Mark Melloan

Verse 1:

I dreamed last night I was sitting
in the center of a crowded ring
filled with smoke,
Across the table sat a man,
red eyes between his wide-brimmed hat
and the collar of his coat,
He put his elbow down on the table,
saying, "You'll see what I'm able
to do to a man like you”

Chorus 1:

He shouted, "I'm a lot stronger,
and I've been at it longer,"
but somewhere I heard another voice
saying something I knew to be true,
“The devil's not won yet,
the battle's just begun, yeah,
so hold on, hold on, hold on,
you're gonna pin him down”

Verse 2:

With my right hand reaching out
to meet him in the clutches
of his dead-black fist, cold as ice,
I know I shivered at the cold,
but I swear I saw him shiver too
and shut his eyes,
Hands locked, arms shaking
in the clamor of the crowded ring
of gamblers gambling

Chorus 2:

He shouted, "I'm a lot stronger,
and I've been at it longer,"
but somewhere I heard another voice
saying something I knew to be true,
“The devil's not won yet,
the battle's just begun, yeah,
so hold on, hold on, hold on,
you're gonna pin him down”

Bridge:

We were pushing when the sun hung high,
We were pushing as it crossed the sky,
We were pushing till the full moon glowed,
We were pushing until I awoke,
I can still hear his voice
ringing in my ears

Chorus 3:

"I'm stronger,
and I've been at it longer,"
but somewhere I hear another voice
saying something I know to be true,
“The devil's not won yet,
the battle's just begun, yeah,
so hold on, hold on, hold on,
you're gonna pin him down,
hold on, hold on, hold on,
you're gonna pin him down,
hold on, hold on, hold on”

Mark Melloan

vocal, acoustic guitars, percussion, producer

Tyler Cain

electric guitars

Byron House

bass guitar

Steve Bowman

drums

Jason Lehning

mixing engineer

David Mead

harmony vocal

Amy Anderson

cellos

David Henry

recording engineer

Kevin Sokolnicki

recording engineer

Bob Ludwig

mastering engineer
Mark Melloan singer-songwriter
Gibson LG2 guitar headstock