Allen Ginsberg: The Beat Messiah

Father Death Blues

  • Allen Ginsberg: The Beat Messiah

    Hey Father Death, I’m flying home
    Hey poor man, you’re all alone
    Hey old daddy, I know where I’m going

    Father Death, Don’t cry any more
    Mama’s there, underneath the floor
    Brother Death, please mind the store

    Old Aunty Death Don’t hide your bones
    Old Uncle Death I hear your groans
    O Sister Death how sweet your moans

    O Children Deaths go breathe your breaths
    Sobbing breasts’ll ease your Deaths
    Pain is gone, tears take the rest

    Genius Death your art is done
    Lover Death your body’s gone
    Father Death I’m coming home

    Guru Death your words are true
    Teacher Death I do thank you
    For inspiring me to sing this Blues

    Buddha Death, I wake with you
    Dharma Death, your mind is new
    Sangha Death, we’ll work it through

    Suffering is what was born
    Ignorance made me forlorn
    Tearful truths I cannot scorn

    Father Breath once more farewell
    Birth you gave was no thing ill
    My heart is still, as time will tell.

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