John Prine - Please Don't Bury Me Lyrics




Woke up this morning
Put on my slippers
Walked in the kitchen and died
And oh what a feeling!
When my soul
Went thru the ceiling
And on up into heaven I did ride
When I got there they did say
John, it happened this way
You slipped upon the floor
And hit your head
And all the angels say
Just before you passed away
These were the very last words
That you said:

[Chorus:]
Please don't bury me
Down in that cold cold ground
No, I'd druther have "em" cut me up
And pass me all around
Throw my brain in a hurricane
And the blind can have my eyes
And the deaf can take both of my ears
If they don't mind the size
Give my stomach to Milwaukee
If they run out of beer
Put my socks in a cedar box
Just get "em" out of here
Venus de Milo can have my arms
Look out! I've got your nose
Sell my heart to the junkman
And give my love to Rose

[Chorus]

Give my feet to the footloose
Careless, fancy free
Give my knees to the needy
Don't pull that stuff on me
Hand me down my walking cane
It's a sin to tell a lie
Send my mouth way down south
And kiss my ass goodbye

[Chorus]





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John Prine Please Don't Bury Me Comments
  1. Doug Lowe

    Sing this at my funeral!

  2. Joseph Ardine

    I see so many comments about people learning this song from their uncles, or even thinking their uncle wrote it! Hahaha, I guess we all had similar experiences because I too learned it from my uncle and thought he made it up at the time!

  3. John Dworske

    First heard of John back in 1974; loved his music since then!

  4. Joe Pettengill

    my teacher love this song

  5. Beezard Sneezebomb

    45 people need enemas.

  6. Ally

    If Paul Williams and Kris Kristoffersen had a child..............................?

  7. Johnny Ellwood

    Lol of course she's gonna edit the words a bit. Lmao that's the christian way if you don't loke the truth just teach everyone a lie

  8. Johnny Ellwood

    The perfect song for a backwards lukewarm Christian. It's exactly what's gonna happen to all of you

  9. flipperbones69

    My uncle used to play this one around the campfire drunker than you could possibly imagine when I was a kid... he never missed a note either 😅

  10. Jennifer Allbright

    Goodbye, Uncle Terry

  11. Carlton Bond

    Take me down to Paradise with my illegal smile but oh lord don't bury me down in that cold cold ground.

  12. Richard Ell

    The Transplant Clinic song.

  13. Tony Silva

    Goddamn.


    Welp, I got some research to do.

  14. Troy Ferguson

    I have always said play this at my funeral!

  15. Emer Henry

    Thank you for sharing it. I was just telling my teenage daughter about this song. Her brother is in his mid twenties now but when he was only four, myself and himself had a little fun ritual on school mornings. We went daily for a fresh apple for lunch to the local shop. Fresh fruit deliveries every morning. We'd leave the house, close the garden gate and link arms. Then I'd do the "intro" and we'd sing and skip all the way to the shop. If we went the short way, we never got to finish it. After a week of that we started going the long way to the shop and then we got to the end of it every morning. Plus we had spent more time skipping without knowing - health boost. John Prine is my absolute favourite singer/songwriter. Thanks again for sharing.

  16. Mike Underwood

    Till I was grown, I always thought my Uncle Eddie wrote this

    XXXSkelboy

    Lmao I didn’t know if my grandpa made this song up himself or not cuz he made up so many funny little songs, Man I miss him

  17. Kimberly Long

    My ex husband will be cremated tomorrow and we thought of this song which he loved

  18. Legend of the PHASOR

    My dad used to sing this to us when I was a kid. I didn't actually hear it until I was 23

    Joseph Ardine

    I think that's so weird and true for many people. I keep seeing comments of a family member singing this to a person "as a kid" and then them rediscovering it now. That's how it is for me too!

  19. sksksk sksksk

    I’m 11 and I love this song! My dad used to sing it to me before I went to bed! It’s now January 1, 2018 and everybody listens to rap.... except me 😂

    Josh Guy

    You're the smart one. Keep it up.

    Josh Guy

    Also, look into Flat Earth. MarkKSargent is a good channel to check out...

    The Conservative Libertarian

    Today's rap is stupid. I wish my boys didn't listen to it. I think I may have failed them.

    Nathan Jacobson

    Good on you. Keep a sense of humour, this song is fun. Life isn't always. I wish you and your family the best.

  20. Shane Hall

    I want this song and Willie Nelson's roll me up and smoke me when I die played at my funeral.

  21. Shane Hall

    quite a while back I got up one morning in my apartment put on my slippers walked in the kitchen and fell down I wasn't laying on the ground for a whole minute before I started singing this song I was laying on the wrong singing this song I'm disabled and I couldn't get myself up.

  22. Ryan G

    Rip John G

  23. Dan Hellums

    Used to play and sing this at Gabriel House at the Mayo Clinic in Jax, Fl. for folks waiting on transplant. I called it the Organ Donor Song!

  24. J D

    One of my favorite songs of all time.

  25. Priscilla Wilson

    All these years I thought he said "....my heart to the Joy of Man" like it was a people help group somewhere. My goodness!

  26. Bill Petersen

    This will be played when I die just in case anyone gives a crap.

  27. Shane Hall

    last year I got up one morning put on my slippers walked in my kitchen and fell down I wasn't laying on the ground for to long before I started singing this song

  28. Ricky Coleman

    Love his music and sense of humanity.

  29. Mo Hergenrader

    laying on the pavement, checking for broken bones. check. singing this.

  30. Amanda Falcone

    Grew up on this; is, always has been, and always will be a favorite. John Prine is so fucking *BEYOND* underrated. Lots of love + good vibes from Philly on this cold, snowy Saturday afternoon ✨

  31. matacentro

    to Richard WingerSoN ! see you at the big SHoW

  32. SuperSuperdude88

    this is real music

    Char Char Binks

    Actually, it's a novelty song. A good one, a fun one, but let's be real.

  33. Rich Allen

    Lyrics
    Woke up this morning
    Put on my slippers
    Walked in the kitchen
    And died

    And oh, what a feeling!
    When my soul
    Went through the ceiling
    And on up into heaven, I did ride

    When I got there, they did say
    "John, it happened this way
    You slipped upon the floor
    And hit your head"

    And all the angels say
    "Just before you passed away
    That these were the very last words
    That you said"

    "Please don't bury me
    Down in that cold, cold ground
    No, I?d rather have 'em cut me up
    And pass me all around"

    "Throw my brain in a hurricane
    And the blind can have my eyes
    And the deaf can take both of my ears
    If they don't mind the size"

    "Give my stomach to Milwaukee
    If they run out of beer
    Put my socks in a cedar box
    Just to get 'em out of here"

    "Venus De Milo can have my arms
    Look out! I've got your nose
    Sell my heart to the junk man
    And give my love to Rose"

    "But please don't bury me
    Down in that cold, cold ground
    I?d rather have 'em cut me up
    And pass me all around"

    "Throw my brain in a hurricane
    The blind can have my eyes
    And the deaf can take both of my ears
    If they don't mind the size, oh man!"

    "Give my feet to the footloose
    Careless, fancy free
    And give my knees to the needy
    Don't pull that stuff on me"

    "Hand me down my walking cane
    It?s a sin to tell a lie
    Send my mouth way down south
    And kiss my ass goodbye"

    "But, please don't bury me
    Down in that cold, cold ground
    I?d rather have 'em cut me up
    And pass me all around"

    "Throw my brain in a hurricane
    And the blind can have my eyes
    And the deaf can take both of my ears
    If they don't mind the size, that's right"

    Written by John Prine • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

    SuperSuperdude88

    Thanks very much!

    Mollie Newsome

    ..ll...l..l...l..ll....ll.lll

  34. Charlie Moore

    The first time I heard this I laughed my ass off, what clever writing

    Debbie King

    So did I. I learned it right away and sang it amuse my friends at parties. :)

    Darrin InMesa

    Charlie Moore want a laugh try Dear Abby by him if haven't already heard it.

  35. Tim Penrice

    April 2017 at The London Palladium and up North too

  36. william

    bury me with an illegal smile

    Virgil Havice

    Hes crazy as a batshit hillbilly..lovya John

    Dale Kidd

    I like that version!!!😎

  37. Billy Butterworth

    Thanks!

  38. Cameron Elmore

    I still have the original album I bought in the 70's...

    David Harris

    best album cover ever

  39. Jay T W

    put my sox in a cedar box.... just get 'm outta here

  40. Cody Short

    Send my mouth way down South and kiss my ass goodbye.

  41. Rikki Jensen

    AHHHH! I haven't listened to this in so long. Remembered every word, too. <3

  42. Not My Name

    Fucking brilliant Johnny boy!

  43. Shane Hall

    Throw my brain in a hurricane and the blind can have my eyes

  44. Shane Hall

    I fell down in my kitchen this morning and I had to start singing this

  45. Stink Fistula

    I highly recommend JP's Christmas album

  46. Mary Jarvis

    idjdjxs

  47. Greg Petliski

    This is my favorite version of the song, a bit happier and more upbeat than the other. Thanks!

    strukhoff

    Love this comment. It's really interesting to compare this with the version of Souvenirs. John is about 24 years old here, and about 54 when he re-recorded it for the Souvenirs album. The original version has a lot of his early spunk and fire, but he's lowered the key, slowed it down, and in general mellowed out (as we all do) 30 years later. I love listening to both versions back-to-back.

  48. Lisa Cipriani

    Love..exponential

  49. cricket61161

    This is the song I want played at my funeral b

    Lisa Mcdonald

    cricket61161 Me, too.

    Robyn Knowles

    cricket61161 I had this played at my dad funeral.

    Doctorhamfat

    I already have it in my will - after they get back the ashes from my already pre-donated body. Money saved from funeral expenses is earmarked for beer and bratwurst...

    Rusty Hopp

    I was saying the same thing … Throw My Mouth way down South ...

    Patrick Barkwell

    Me too pal, me too.

  50. Luke Maas

    Does anyone know who the beautiful backup singing if done by?

  51. Christopher Leeson

    Give my feet to the footloose careless fancy free
    Give my knees to the needy,, dont pull that stuff on me
    Hand me down my walking cane it's a sin to tell a lie
    Send my mouth way down south to kiss my ass goodbye.

    Lisa Mcdonald

    Christopher Leeson One of the greatest verses ever written, lol

  52. rightpatch1

    His best friend Steve Goodman was just as good, maybe better, but he died of leukemia in the eighties, and put a void in country - folk music that has never been filled !!

    rightpatch1

    Right you are, Andy, I now listen to Steve as much as I listen to John !!!

    Richard Mann

    Steve Goodman wrote the perfect country western song.

  53. rightpatch1

    I listened to this stuff in the late seventies, until now, and it never gets old !!

    Robin R

    +rightpatch1 me too

    Andy Bruner

    I first heard this in 1976 in Houston.  I still remember that party, although I don't know how.

  54. bushmaster

    Funny....

  55. TheElvislad

    One of Elvis Presley's favourite songs 😋

  56. Jeffrey Eichorn

    why didn't you show the cover from the album it was on?

    Jeffrey Eichorn

    @Andy Wilson That is the cover of his first album. Please don't bury me was on sweet revenge, his third album.

  57. Tom Loughlin Jr.

    This WILL BE the Organ Donor Theme Song if I have my way about things. i am recommending it to the organ donor groups RIGHT NOW. We have to take organ donation out of the realm of grim death and into the realm of joyousness.a celebration of life and this jovial song can do it !!!  I know we'll have to get John to OK it...but...if the organ donor folks like it, he's likely to.

    david barnett

    Organ donation!!!! I don;t give a crap, I'll be dead. There are too many people on earth right now. I just like the song.

    Tucker Hanners

    Tom Loughlin Jr. i think thats a good idea for a commercial man

    Julie Biddle

    Yup! It's the perfect song. I remember telling my Mom that I had decided to donate everything that they could possibly use, including my body to be used as a medical school cadaver. Heck,, if I could donate it as food for polar bears I'd do that too.

  58. onlycountry1955

    NOT MANY AS GOOD AS  { JOHN PRINE } HE IS GREAT 

  59. Elaine Stephens

    Gonna mess with the words a bit and have this played at my funeral!

  60. Elaine Stephens

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

  61. kirk von Nordstrom

    I ain't no hillbilly, but Prine is just the greatest wordsmith and songmaker that's come around in many a year in America. God Bless America folks. . . . . .

    benkit49

    John Prine is one of the greats. Gordon Lightfoot is also one of the greats as for being a wordsmith and songmaker.

  62. Cindy Singletaty

    Thank you. I have always loved this song...the original. 

  63. linda theobald

    mule sometimes believes his whole life has been developed by john's attitude & philosophy ---along with more people I could ever meet--but you know them when you do  !

  64. Gerry Malone

    fair plat t ya 

  65. Marsha Rupe

    God I love John Prine's sense of humor.

  66. Paula Chickering

    here is one geore sang pam

  67. wcf

    another rocket scientist!

  68. Littlewolf13

    Good doctor - sounds like s/he is actually on your side as the patient! It's a lot more reassuring than having one try to convince you to do what they call the "right" thing.

  69. Littlewolf13

    Happy to oblige - you can start here - Google
    Colavito v. NY Organ Donor Network, Inc
    it gets worse - read what the self-proclaimed "largest law firm in the world" says about defending its other NY Organ Donor Network case - proof of consent not required. The statute says good faith is a defense, court says it is a definition of whatever they do - including ignoring refusals to consent
    Google: Organ Procurement Organizations Protected by Good Faith
    (Nunez v NY Organ Donor Network Inc)

  70. alsask2010

    you know my energy is lower now than it was when i was 20 in 1979. it will happen to you too. getting old sucks but if you carry on the best you can life can be very rewarding no matter your age.

  71. alsask2010

    really REALLY this is the stupidest thing i've ever seen. if you want to be a reciepient but not a donor and advise others to think the same where do you think the donor organ will come from when you tell folks not to donate. what "truth" do you claim to know that the rest of us do not please share.

  72. Chuck Finley

    Actually, while the temperature of the sun varies, there is no huge difference in its temperature during night on Earth.

  73. Stephany Erwin

    One of my favorite songs of John Prine.

  74. Ghetto Cat

    Even ARC and DAV would reject my organs. "Gently used" is the kicker.

  75. Angel Powers

    my favorite song by john prine! thanks for posting.

  76. Curtis Hoffman

    Told my wife this MUST be played at my funeral...thanks Mr. Prine!

  77. Littlewolf13

    If you knew the truth about organ donation, you MIGHT be a recipient, but not a donor! The public has been scammed.

  78. Amy Sandstrom

    Brought this song up for organ donation. I got laughed at.

  79. Tom Wilson

    organdonor.gov

  80. EDWARD WHITALL

    if its good it good.

  81. snicky58

    Thank you!