"Lake Of Fire" as written by and C. Kirkwood....
Where do bad folks go when they die?
They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
They go to the lake of fire and fry
Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July

I knew a lady who lived in Duluth
She got bit by a dog with a rabid tooth
She went to her grave a little too soon
And she flew away howling at the yellow moon

Where do bad folks go when they die?
They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
They go to the lake of fire and fry
Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July

Now the people cry and the people moan
And they look for a dry place to call their home
And try to find someplace to rest their bones
While the angels and the devils fight to claim them for their own

Where do bad folks go when they die?
They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
They go to the lake of fire and fry
Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July


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"Lake of Fire" as written by C. Kirkwood

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    General CommentIt sounds kinda like what a child would say about the world of christinanity(however you spell it) like cobra said. I think this was an excellent tool in writing the song. They showed a very judgmental world through the eyes of innocence. That's probably why the chorus starts out with "Where to bad folks go when they die?" It sounds like a question that a kid would ask their parents. And instead of saying "sinners" or the like, they use "bad folk" just the kind of almost improper english that a little kid would use.
    realmusicloveron April 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNirvana covered this song live with Curt from The Meat Puppets. This is a great song.
    oldblackshoeon May 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNirvana didn't cover Lake Of Fire as such, since both Cris and Curt Kirkwood were there at Unplugged in new york. I i don't THINK nirvana actually played any of it. Great song though. I LOVE THE MEAT PUPPETS
    Big Noseon July 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNirvana didn't really cover it as such, since both Chris and Curt Kirkwood (2 of the 3 meatpuppets members) were at 'unplugged in new york' and i don't think nirvana were actually playing it. Still the meat puppets rule! Its fairly obvious what this is all about, heaven and hell and all that...
    Big Noseon July 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBut it was Kurt singing, right? Cobain I mean. I thought Nirvana did play along with Chris and Curt... anyway I think the song is mocking Christians, saying they try and scare people with tales of heaven and hell. Saying "Bad folks" shows the normal misconception of the Christian message, and the second verse is about people getting worked up about something that the writer obviously doesn't believe in, "the angels and the devils fighting to make them their own".
    calebyon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBut it was Kurt singing, right? Cobain I mean. I thought Nirvana did play along with Chris and Curt... anyway I think the song is mocking Christians, saying they try and scare people with tales of heaven and hell. Saying "Bad folks" shows the normal misconception of the Christian message, and the second verse is about people getting worked up about something that the writer obviously doesn't believe in, "the angels and the devils fighting to make them their own".
    calebyon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah im pretty sure the two bands did this together, or representatives from the two bands at least. dave grohl was definitly on drums, kurt definitly sang it, and i even think krist picked up a guitar. that unplugged album is amazing - the meat puppets songs are highlights - kurt chose his covers so well.
    atthedrive-inon November 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like Kurts voice better
    slim003on November 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAlright folks, I watched the entire performance last night on TV. Cris and Curt Kirkwood were both playing (bass,guitar) , and if you think Curts voice sucks bad you just don't get it, or you haven't heard enough Puppets. atthedrive I agree about the choice of covers. With the lights out also has great covers. Anyway it sounds like the thoughts of a child, some sort of fantastic version of how things might be.
    Cobra-corneliuson January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love Nirvana so natrually i love anything that they do i love this cover!!!
    kurdtcobainsgurlon January 11, 2005   Link

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