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No you can't fight the devil, 'cause the devil too strong
No you can't fight the devil, 'cause the devil too strong
Good Lord you know that's where I was wrong

'Cause the devil is a weakness that no one sees
Oh that devil is a weakness no man or woman sees
Until they're brought low by their own knee

When I first met the devil the sun refused to shine
When I first met the devil the sun refused to shine
Well the next time I met the devil she was a friend of mine

Now men if you beat your women you beat your own self in
Now men if you beat your women you're beatn' your own self in
And women if you beat on your men you suffer from the same sin

Now if you meet the devil tell you what to do
Now if you meet the devil tell you what to do
Better start looking for that angel and stop looking for that devil in you

Now can't fight the devil 'cause if you do
No you can't fight the devil 'cause if you do
That weak now little devil sure gonna come to fight for you

I've heard it said many times blues is a worried hearted disease
Well I've heard it many times blues is a worried hearted disease
But when you get that devil life just turns out mean

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from Lost Blues & Forgotten Ballads, released September 9, 2009

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William Lee and the Modern Primitives Nashville, Tennessee

William Lee is the nom de guerre of William B. Sealy.

The question of humanity—it's loss through privation of the spirit, it's corruption by seemingly unsurmountable forces, and it's redemption and salvation by acts and actors of disproportionate courage—is a pervasive theme throughout Lee's work. ... more

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