Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger In Dead Earnest cover

In Dead Earnest
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Lyrics and Meaning

July 12, 1988

Song Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
If I should die before I wake,
All my bone and sinew take
Put me in the compost pile
To decompose me for a while.
Verse 2
Worms, water, sun will have their way,
Returning me to common clay
All that I am will feed the trees
And little fishes in the seas.
Verse 3
When radishes and corn you munch,
You may be having me for lunch
And then excrete me with a grin,
Chortling, "There goes Lee again."
Verse 4
'Twill be my happiest destiny
To die and live eternally.
Verse 5

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