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Father Death Blues

 

Hey Father Death, I'm flying home

Hey poor man, you're all alone

Hey old daddy, I know where I'm going

 

Father Death, Don't cry any more

Mama's there underneath the floor

Brother Death, please mind the store

 

Old Aunty death Don't hide you're bones

Old Uncle Death I hear you're groans

Oh Sister Death how sweet your moans

 

Oh Children Deaths go breathe you're breaths

Sobbing breasts'll ease your Deaths

Pain is gone, tears take the rest

 

Genius Death  you're art is done

Lover Death you're body's gone

Father Death  I'm coming home

 

Guru Death you're words are true

Teacher Death I do thank you

For inspiring me to sing this Blues

 

Buddha Death, I wake with you

Dharma Death, your mind is new

Sangha Death, we'll work it through

 

Suffering is what was born

Ignorance made me forlorn

Tearful truths I cannot scorn

 

Father Breath once more farewell

Birth you gave was no thing ill

My heart is still, as time will tell.

 

 

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Guru death your words are true

Teacher Death I do thank you

For inspiring me to sing this Blues

 

Father Breath once more farewell

Birth you gave was no thing ill

My heart is still, as time will tell.

 

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Written July 8 th, 1976 (Over Lake Michigan)

after the death of Louis Ginsberg.

 

Performed in song, this version Heaven nightclub London October 19th 1995 (not on the archive).

 

 

c Copyright Allen Ginsberg

 

Father Death Blues       Video     From BBC's 'Face to Face' Program    Click below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew6ef3nE-E4