And When I Die

Words & Music:

Laura Nyro



           A                 D     E         A

And when I die, and when I'm dead, dead, and gone

            D   E     A         D        E     A

There'll be one child born in a world to carry on.

            D   E     A       E     A  D  A  D

There'll be one child born to carry on.


    A   D        A     D     A     D      A

I'm not scared a-dyin' and I don't really care,

D       E                 A                D               A

If it's peace you find in dyin', well then let the time be near.

        A                 D           D     A       E

If it's peace you find in dyin', when dyin' time is here,

     A      E     A      D        A    D        A  D  A  D

Just bundle up my coffin for it's cold way down there.




My troubles are many, there 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, pray there ain't no hell,

But I'll never know by livin', only my dyin' will tell.




Give me my freedom, for as long as I'd be,

All I ask of livin' is to have no chains on me.

All I ask of livin' is to have no chains on me,

And all I ask of dyin' is to go naturally.




   A      E    A

...Comin' as I go,

D           A   D     A       D     A  D  A  D

There'll be one child born to carry on.


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