10000 Maniacs - A Campfire Song Lyrics




A lie to say, "O my mountain has coal veins and beds to dig.
500 men with axes and they all dig for me."
A lie to say, "O my river where many fish do swim,
half of the catch is mine when you haul your nets in."
Never will he believe that his greed is a blinding ray.
No devil or redeemer will cheat him.
He'll take his gold to where he's lying cold.

A lie to say, "O my mine gave a diamond as big as a fist."
But with every gem in his pocket, the jewels he has missed.
A lie to say, "O my garden is growing taller by the day."
He only eats the best and tosses the rest away.
Never will he be believe that his greed is a blinding ray.
No devil or redeemer can cheat him.
he'll take his gold to where he's lying cold.
Six deep in the grave.

Something is out of reach
something he wanted
something is out of reach
he's being taunted
something is out of reach
that he can' beg or steal nor can he buy

his oldest pain
and fear in life
there'll not be time
his oldest pain
and fear in life
there'll not be time

A lie to say "O my forest has trees that block the sun
and when I cut them down I don't answer to anyone."
No, no, never will he believe that his greed is a blinding ray
no devil or redeemer can cheat him.
He'll take his gold where he's lying cold.





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10000 Maniacs A Campfire Song Comments
  1. D.d owens

    I would like to dedicate this song to the KOch Brothers and any rich fool like our entire administration. YOu cant take it with you..... Six deep in the grave

    John Gilbert harleyrules

    Wow ... why don't you put your pants on you fuckin girl....Grow up and get a SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    John Gilbert harleyrules

    Yeah .... let's blame everything on the Rich..... Let us not have free will and make our own destiny... God Helps Those Who Help Themselves ....................................................................... Let the fuckin Government run our ignorant lives.... !!

  2. Hugh B. MacLeod

    Saw the Maniacs on SNL and I was hooked. I wore out two cassette tapes of In My Tribe.

    Big Bubba

    Hugh B. MacLeod Nice. I first saw them on MTV’s 120 minutes.

    Todd Smith

    Saw them in Bemus Point, Chautauqua. Hooked since.

  3. Big Bubba

    In My Tribe is one of the greatest albums of all time. There is not a bad song on it.

  4. john anderson

    Lyrics
    A lie to say, "o my mountain has coal veins and beds to dig
    500 men with axes and they all dig for me"
    A lie to say, "o my river where many fish do swim
    Half of the catch is mine when you haul your nets in"
    Never will he believe that his greed is a blinding ray
    No devil or redeemer will cheat him
    He'll take his gold to where he's lying cold
    A lie to say, "o my mine gave a diamond as big as a fist"
    But with every gem in his pocket, the jewels he has missed
    A lie to say, "o my garden is growing taller by the day"
    He only eats the best and tosses the rest away
    Never will he be believe that his greed is a blinding ray
    No devil or redeemer can cheat him
    He'll take his gold to where he's lying cold
    Six deep in the grave
    Something is out of reach
    Something he wanted
    Something is out of reach
    He's being taunted
    Something is out of reach
    That he can' beg or steal nor can he buy
    His oldest pain
    And fear in life
    There'll not be time
    His oldest pain
    And fear in life
    There'll not be time
    A lie to say "o my forest has trees that block the sun
    And when I cut them down I don't answer to anyone"
    No, no, never will he believe that his greed is a blinding ray
    No devil or redeemer can cheat him
    He'll take his gold where he's lying cold
    Songwriters: Natalie Merchant
    A Campfire Song lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

    Peter A Donelan

    Great song!

    Isaac OBannon

    Background male vocal is Michael Stipe from REM.