And When I Die

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About And When I Die

"And When I Die" is a song written by American singer and songwriter Laura Nyro. It was first recorded by the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary in 1966. Nyro released her own version on her debut album More Than a New Discovery in February 1967. The song is best known for the next version, recorded by the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears in late 1968. This recording reached #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became a Gold record. In the US, it was kept from #1 by the double A-side "Come Together"/"Something" by The Beatles. "And When I Die" also reached #1 in Canada, in December 1969. 


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1972
4:05
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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, 
And if 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

And when I die and when I'm gone, 
There'll be one child born 
In this world to carry on, to carry on

Now 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

And when I die and when I'm gone, 
There'll be one child born 
In this world to carry on, to carry on

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

Here I go, ah

Here comes the devil, right behind
Look out children, here he come
Here he come

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

And when I die and when I'm dead, dead and gone, 
There'll be one child born,
In our world to carry on, to carry on

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Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears (also known as "BS&T") is an American music group, originally formed in 1967 in New York City. Since its beginnings in 1967, the band has gone through numerous iterations with varying personnel and has encompassed a multitude of musical styles. What the band is most known for, from its start, is the fusing of rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid that came to be known as "jazz-rock". Unlike "jazz fusion" bands, which tend toward virtuostic displays of instrumental facility and some experimentation with electric instruments, the songs of Blood, Sweat & Tears merged the stylings of rock, pop and R&B/soul music with big band, while also adding elements of 20th Century Classical and sma… more »

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Written by: LAURA NYRO

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