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Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky lyrics

When I die and they lay me to rest

Gonna go to the place that's the best

When I lay me down to 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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    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 lyrics & hope the beat & words will put a smile on the faces of those who attend my last hurrah.
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    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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    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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    To me, this as a spoof of a certain simple-minded and basically selfish understanding of religion, which sees it as a means to an end: you don't live decently because there's anything right about it per se, you do it to get the big prize at the end. And jesus has no value in and of himself, either as a teacher or as an example; instead, his value lies in being able to get you into heaven-- like knowing the maitre'd can get you a good seat at a nightclub.
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