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I will not go down under the ground
"Cause somebody tells me that death's comin' 'round
An' I will not carry myself down to die
When I go to my grave my head will be high,
Let me die in my footsteps
Before I go down under the ground.

There's been rumors of war and wars that have been
The meaning of the life has been lost in the wind
And some people thinkin' that the end is close by
"Stead of learnin' to live they are learning to die.
Let me die in my footsteps
Before I go down under the ground.

I don't know if I'm smart but I think I can see
When someone is pullin' the wool over me
And if this war comes and death's all around
Let me die on this land 'fore I die underground.
Let me die in my footsteps
Before I go down under the ground.

There's always been people that have to cause fear
They've been talking of the war now for many long years
I have read all their statements and I've not said a word
But now Lawd God, let my poor voice be heard.
Let me die in my footsteps
Before I go down under the ground.

If I had rubies and riches and crowns
I'd buy the whole world and change things around
I'd throw all the guns and the tanks in the sea
For they are mistakes of a past history.
Let me die in my footsteps
Before I go down under the ground.

Let me drink from the waters where the mountain streams flood
Let me smell of wildflowers flow free through my blood
Let me sleep in your meadows with the green grassy leaves
Let me walk down the highway with my brother in peace.
Let me die in my footsteps
Before I go down under the ground.

Go out in your country where the land meets the sun
See the craters and the canyons where the waterfalls run
Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho
Let every state in this union seep in your souls.
And you'll die in your footsteps
Before you go down under the ground.



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    UnregisteredAug 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm
    We all gotta die, live first. They won't let me post a short message so i'll fill the space with wasted characters that represent empty thoughts and time that could be spent living first.
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    UnregisteredMay 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm
    "i don't know if i'm smart but i think i can see
    When someone is pullin' the wool over me"

    He is talking about the "illuminati"... Lol
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 11, 2012 at 4:35 am
    This song is great. I think it is saying get out there and do what you want to do before you cant. You only have a certain amount of time and only so many chances will come knocking at your door.
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    UnregisteredApr 5, 2012 at 2:44 am
    This songs is an anti-bunker song. It was written during the cold war when many feared the nuclear holocost was near. What bob was saying is that he will not go "underground" if there is a nuclear war. He would die on his feet on the land he loves, not hiding like a cockroach in concrete coffin.
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    UnregisteredDec 23, 2011 at 6:19 am
    To me, it is saying to live life to its fullest because you never know when it will be over. Do what makes you happy,go out and see things that you have never seen before. Discover life and yourself. But the world around us tries to kill us before we can do hose things and desensitize us. If we have no hope, no dreams, no interest than we are easily controlled and may as well be dead. You have to be strong enough to stand on your own.

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