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(GersHarris)

Let me tell you a story to chill the bones
About a thing that I saw
One night wandering in the everglades
I'd one drink but no more

I was rambling, enjoying the bright moonlight
Gazing up at the stars
Not aware of a presence so near to me
Watching my every move

Feeling scared and I fell to my knees
As something rushed me from the trees
Took me to an unholy place
And that is where I fell from grace

Then they summoned me over to join in with them
To the dance of the dead
Into the circle of fire I followed them
Into the middle I was led

As if time had stopped still I was numb with fear
But still I wanted to go
And the blaze of the fire did no hurt upon me
As I walked onto the coals

And I felt I was in a trance
And my spirit was lifted from me
And if only someone had the chance
To witness what happened to me

And I danced and I pranced and I sang with them
All had death in their eyes
Lifeless figures they were undead all of them
They had ascended from hell

As I danced with the dead
My free spirit was laughing and howling down at me
Below my undead body
Just danced the circle of dead
Until the time came to reunite us both
My spirit came back down to me
I didn't know if I was alive or dead
As the others all joined in with me

By luck then a skirmish started
And took the attention away from me
When they took their gaze from me
Was the moment that I fled

I ran like hell faster than the wind
But behind I did not glance
One thing that I did not dare
Was to look just straight ahead

When you know that your time has come around
You know you'll be prepared for it
Say your last goodbyes to everyone
Drink and say a prayer for it

When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed
And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead
When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed
And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead

To this day I guess I'll never know
Just why they let me go
But I'll never go dancing no more
'Til I dance with the dead



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    UnregisteredJul 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    I think the meaning of this song is when you die, your soul will go through heaven and hell, but really it might not be your time to die yet, and bye that, you are dancing with death.
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    UnregisteredSep 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    Reminds me of an edgar allan poe poem.

    An eerie story of a man whom encounters death but manages to free himself from its (or their) grasp. But such an experience mesmerizes him, and the tingling sensation to be among the dead once again dawns on him.
    Dreadfully fascinating. How steve and janick represent the occult mystery of death... A dance... A ritual... A celebration... Quite a dark beauty indeed.
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    UnregisteredApr 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm
    Drugs are bad. They kill you and you better run away from them.

    There is no need to kill yourself doing drugs. Enjoy what you have without "dancing".
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    UnregisteredMar 21, 2012 at 7:48 am
    The last line: "but i'll never go dancing no more, 'til i dance with the dead" suggests that he though terrified, he actually enjoyed cavorting with the dead! Because to live is to die, the minute you're born you're dying. Life & death are one, just like space & time...
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    UnregisteredFeb 13, 2012 at 8:14 am
    This is reality of facing the death. We know that we all will die one day, but we are not afraid until it comes to us. And i commit to suicide in this very soon and then i feel scared and start to realize the thing of the death! All hope is start to destroy in that place where we have face the helluva place.

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