See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

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Well, it's one kind favor I ask of you.
Well, it's one kind favor I ask of you.
Lord, it's one kind favor I'll ask of you.
See that my grave is kept clean.

It's a long old lane ain't got no end.
It's a long lane that's got no end.
It's a long lane ain't got no end.
And it's a bad wind that never change.

Lord, it's two white horses in a line.
Well, it's two white horses in a line.
Well, it's two white horses in a line.
Gonna take me to my burying ground.

My heart stopped beating, and my hands got cold.
My heart stopped beating, and my hands got cold.
Well, my heart stopped beating, Lord, my hands got cold.
It wasn't long 'fore service by the cypress grove.

Have you ever heard a coffin sound?
Have you ever heard a coffin sound?
Have you ever heard a coffin sound?
Then you know that the poor boy is in the ground.

Oh, dig my grave with a silver spade.
Just dig my grave with a silver spade.
Well, dig my grave with a silver spade.
You may lead me down with a golden chain.

Have you ever heard a church bell tone?
Have you ever heard a church bell tone?
Have you ever heard a church bell tone?
Then you know that the poor boy is dead and gone.

Notes[edit]

  1. Africa and the Blues, Gerhard Kubik, Univ. Press of Mississippi, 10 Apr 2008

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