And when I die

Laura Nyro‘s original version is deep, but I’m posting the video of Peter, Paul and Mary singing in Sydney, instead, where the soaring camera and the sailboats out on the harbor match the uplifting harmonies. Sometimes I feel those we have lost are close by, up around our heads somewhere.

Chorus:
And when I die and when I’m dead, dead and gone,
there’ll be one child born and a world to carry on, to carry on.

I’m not scared of dying and I don’t really care.
If it’s peace you find in dying, well, then let the time be near.
If it’s peace you find in dying, when dying time is here,
just bundle up my coffin cause it’s cold way down there,
I hear that’s it’s cold way down there, yeah, crazy cold way down there.

Chorus

My troubles are many, they’re as deep as a well.
I can swear there ain’t no heaven but I pray there ain’t no hell.
Swear there ain’t no heaven and pray there ain’t no hell,
but I’ll never know by living, only my dying will tell,
only my dying will tell, yeah, only my dying will tell.

Chorus

Give me my freedom for as long as I be.
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me.
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me,
and all I ask of dying is to go naturally, only want to go naturally.

Don’t want to go by the devil, don’t want to go by the demon,
don’t want to go by Satan, don’t want to die uneasy, just let me go naturally.

Chorus

song of the week :-) englisch lernen mit liedern

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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

4 thoughts on “And when I die”

  1. Great! They hadn’t registered with me as being so interesting, she has a great voice and the guys sure do their bit.
    You still doing your blues stuff, Anne??
    Joanxx

  2. Welcome, Esra :)
    I agree, I find it quite moving.

    Dear Joan,
    Doing my blues stuff? I really wish I hadn’t given up the keyboard, especially watching Laura Nyro doing her thing, which makes me want to start up again. Check out her goose bumps version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiXdnxYFJZg
    I agree, Mary Travers’ voice is great on this. Unfortunately, PP&M only paid Laura Nyro 5000 dollars for this song, and went on to have a huge hit with it.
    Ach, maybe we should just do everything for love :)

  3. Good morning Anne,
    Blues stuff … Well I remember you putting your best into Five Hundred Miles going through Kiev in the mini bus with Micha – it was rich and beautiful, so I’m looking forward to hearing you do something similar again sometime.
    Have a lovely day,
    Joan

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