From the album The Late Album

Lyrics

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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