Rev. Jack

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Reverend Jack has now got the cancer
Stands on the altar searching for the answers
Services last 3 or 4 hours these days

The immortal soul of Reverend Jack
Is leaving us and it’s not coming back
He’s starting to pack for the next life

Reverend Jack has got the cancer now

R.J. come to us from a mission
South of Costa Rica converting the heathens
He said he missed most the rainy season

Reverend Jack was never a Catholic
The most beautiful women to him were Hispanic
He came to us with no hint of a scandal

Reverend Jack has got the cancer now

Some lessons learned you never forget
The taste of a homemade cigarette
When a congregation starts to slip

R.J. says that personal demons
And the ones in the bible are the very same thing
You can try but can’t drink either away

Reverend Jack has got the cancer today
Reverend Jack has got the cancer now


from After Dark, released June 3, 2004
Words and Music by Mark Messerly



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Messerly & Ewing Cincinnati, Ohio

When Mark Messerly and Brian Ewing went on hiatus, it wasn’t even official. Cincy band Wussy kept Messerly busy and Ewing had a similar schedule with Catalog Cowboys. But somehow they still found time to do acoustic gigs. In 2009, the pair resolved to celebrate their 15th year together by adding Sean Rhiney and Bill Donabedian as their backing band and turn up the volume. ... more

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