DEATHWATCH FOR A LIVING LEGEND

©2000 By David Poe. Charming Martyr Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

from The Late Album

 

LEGENDARY COUNTRY

ROCK & ROLL MOVIE STAR

DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL DISEASE

THEY SAID LET US PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MAN

LET HIM WALK TALL INTO HIS FINAL MYSTERY

 

SO THEY SHOT HIM FULL OF MAGIC,

DRAGGED HIM FROM HIS BED

PROPPED HIM UP ONSTAGE

AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAID:

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TONIGHT

THEY'RE GONNA SHOOT ME FOR THE LAST TIME

I DON'T MEAN WITH A GUN

(THOUGH SOME HAVE TRIED)

 

LORD I'M DROWNING IN THIS FLOODLIGHT

THEY'RE THINKING THAT I DONE SOMETHING RIGHT

BUT YOU AND I KNOW IT ISN'T SO

TONIGHT THEY SHOOT THE SHOW

THEY'LL SHOW IT WHEN I DIE

 

WHEN I DIE

WHEN I DIE

THIS IS HOW I'M GONNA LOOK

FROM UP ON HIGH

 

THEY'LL READ A SPEECH TO RIGHT ALL MY WRONGS

EULOGIZING FOR TOO LONG

THEN THE YOUNGSTERS WILL SING ALL MY SADDEST SONGS

AND CUT THE GOOD PARTS OUT

THEY THINK THAT'S WHAT I'M ABOUT

AND THE FOLKS WILL SCREAM & SHOUT

ONE LAST TIME

 

WHEN I DIE

WHEN I DIE

THIS IS HOW I'M GONNA LOOK

FROM UP ON HIGH

 

O JESUS WILL YOU BE MY GUIDE

AND PROTECT MY LIKE YOU DID IN THIS LIFE

AND LEAD ME INTO THE LIGHT

UP ON HIGH

WHEN I DIE

 

AS THE CENTURY WAS GIVING ITS LAST GASP

WE MARKED EACH SUPER-GENIUS AS HE PASSED

LIKE KILLERS WE RECORDED ALL OUR CRIMES

AND HUNG THEM ON THE WALL

AND THEY CAN'T DESTROY IT ALL

BEFORE THE HEAVENS FALL

AND OPEN LIKE A SCROLL

 

WHEN I DIE

WHEN I DIE

WHEN MY SOUL GOES ABOVE OR DOWN BELOW

YOU'RE GONNA DIE

THEY TOLD YOU SO

BUT YOU'RE GONNA BE THE STAR OF THAT SHOW

 

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