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When I die and they lay me to rest

Gonna go to the place that's the best

When I lay me downto die
Goin' up to the Spirit in the sky

Goin' up to the Spirit in the sky

That's where I'm gonna go when I die

When I die and they lay me to rest

Gonna go to the place that's the best.

Prepare yourself
You know it's a must

Gotta have a friend in Jesus

So you know that when you die
He's gonna recommend you to the spirit in the sky

Gonna recommend you to the spirit in the sky

That's where you're gonna go when you die

When you die and they lay you to rest
You're gonna go to the place that's the best.

Never been a sinner
I never sinned

I got a friend in Jesus

So you know that when I die
He's gonna set me up with tha spirit in the sky

Oh
Set me up with the spirit in the sky

That's where I'm gonna go when I die

When I die and they lay me to the rest
I'm gonna go to the place that's the best.
Go to the place that's the best.



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    James HagblomAug 31, 2013 at 3:34 am
    Something amazing happen to me today. There was a knock at my door. It was a friend of my son. His father passed away and he asked me if my wife and I could sing spirit in the sky at.
    his dad's memorial and I said we would be honored! What a great feeling!
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    UnregisteredJul 4, 2012 at 1:49 am
    Laid to rest is not the best. Born a sinner you will die til the spirit of the sky calls you to life. Following the way of jesus you may not die at all,recommended to the best place of all, the place of life. Mistaken view of identity results in mistaken view of destiny.
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    UnregisteredApr 6, 2012 at 4:15 am
    I have loved this song since the first time i heard it. I don't care who wrote it but i have put a stipulation in my will that it is to be sung (copies to whoever attends & they must sing along) at my funeral. No big deal about hidden meanings, i just love the the lyrics & hope the beat & words will put a smile on the faces of those who attend my last hurrah.
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    UnregisteredApr 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    Romans 3:23 (niv) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god,
    Romans 5:8 (kjv) but god commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, christ died for us.
    Rom 6:5 if we shared in jesus' death by being baptized, we will be raised to life with him.
    Luke 10: 25 on one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test jesus. "teacher," he asked, "what must i do to inherit eternal life? "
    Luke 10:27 he answered, "‘love the lord your god with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, ‘love your neighbor as yourself. '"
    28 "you have answered correctly," jesus replied. "do this and you will live. "
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    UnregisteredFeb 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    It's a goof, but like all things artistic, the song has different meanings to everyone listening to it. I really do think it's an honest interpretation of a gospel song. Greenbaum himself said it was an attempt at a gospel song after hearing porter waggoner singing one. As for the "never been a sinner" line, there are some "christians" who take that (erroneous) attitude. Those who believe in the "once saved, always saved" tack. One has to become a reflection on christ's teachings in order for salvation to take root innthe person.

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