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"Satan Pulls the Strings" is a song by The Avett Brothers that was first played at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on July 11, 2014. A slightly expanded version was played on August 2, 2014 in Kettering, OH with a new final verse. The song was first released on Live, Vol. Four in December 2015. A studio recording appears on their 2016 album True Sadness and a demo version was released in February 2017 on their annual Avett Guild 7".

The live version song opens with Mike Marsh on drums followed by Tania Elizabeth and Bob Crawford on fiddle, Joe Kwon on cello and Paul Defiglia on upright bass. Halfway through the song Scott joins on banjo and lead vocals followed by Seth on lead vocals and guitar. The studio version of the song is very produced compared to usual Avett Brothers songs and features synthesizer and is mixed in the vein of a Nine Inch Nails song.[1] The demo version features just Seth, Scott, and Bob.

VideosEdit

Live versionEdit

Album versionEdit

Demo versionEdit

LyricsEdit

Baby's in the cradle, Mama's in the bed
Sparrow's on the windowsill and the devil's in my head.
Devil's in my head mama, devil's in my head
Baby's in the cradle and the devil's in my head

When the winter yields to summertime
The whip-poor-will she sings
My heart is in the puppet box and Satan pulls the strings
Satan pulls the strings mama, Satan pulls the strings
My heart is in the puppet box and Satan pulls the strings

Well the front beat's in my brother, Lord
And the back beat's in me
God is in the song and the devil's in my feet
Lord, devil's in our feet, mama devil's in our feet
God is in the song and the devil's in our feet

Mama's cooking something up, serving to us all
Satan's ringing in now and I gotta take the call
Gotta take the call, boys, gotta take the call
Satan's ringing in now and I gotta take the call
Gotta take the call, boys, gotta take the call
Satan's ringing in now and I gotta take the call

Live, Vol. Four tracksEdit

LVF

Live, Vol. Four
1. "Intro" / "Feeling Good"
2. "Satan Pulls the Strings"
3. "Laundry Room"
4. "Another is Waiting"
5. "Shame"
6. "Kick Drum Heart"
7. "Rejects in the Attic"


8. "Ten Thousand Words"
9. "Talk on Indolence"
10. "Auld Lang Syne"
11. "The Boys are Back in Town"
12. "I and Love and You"
13. "Slight Figure of Speech"
14. "Happy Trails"


True Sadness tracksEdit

TS

True Sadness
1. "Ain't No Man"
2. "Mama I Don't Believe"
3. "No Hard Feelings"
4. "Smithsonian"
5. "You Are Mine"
6. "Satan Pulls the Strings"
7. "True Sadness"
8. "I Wish I Was"


9. "Fisher Road to Hollywood"
10. "Victims of Life"
11. "Divorce Separation Blues"
12. "May It Last"
Deluxe editions:
13. "I Wish I Was" (Full band) (Target)
14. "Rejects in the Attic" (Target exclusive)


References Edit

  1. 3/14/16 — RollingStone.com — Avett Brothers Announce New LP 'True Sadness' in Open Letter to Fans