All My Heroes Were Junkies

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Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul (born Paul Plissey; January 14, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. Born in Aroostook County, Maine, Paul is a key figure in what has become known as the Boston school of songwriting, a literate, provocative and urbanely romantic folk-pop style that helped ignite the folk revival of the 1990s. His pop music songs have appeared in movies and on television, bridging the gap between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. more »

In 1968, he did shots with the Doors at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go 
It was on one of those hot Hollywood summer nights 
He says, "Jimmy came in tight leather slacks, it was hot as hell 
But we were drinking Jack, his eyes were like quarters 
Round, and black when he stepped under the stage lights..." 
"And you know me," he says, "I had pawned my only camera 
I had no way to record these fleeting Kodak moments 
That sprung to life each and every Saturday night 
I was too far gone back then to have known it..." 

He says, "All my heroes were junkies,
Now all my heroes are dead 
I say, "Hey Tony, consider yourself lucky 
To be a junkie in a hospital bed" 

He says, "You know Judy Garland never showed up When I took my walk in the Land of Oz 
Though a cop did on a purple horse one morning 
He asked me why I was staggering 
I said, 'because - because, because, because 
The wizard never gave me no surgeon general's warning

Written by: ELLIS PAUL


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