"Gravedigger" as written by and David/lavery Proctor....
Cyrus Jones 1810 to 1913
Made his great grandchildren believe
You could live to a hundred and three
A hundred and three is forever when you're just a little kid
So Cyrus Jones lived forever

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Muriel Stonewall
1903 to 1954
She lost both of her babies in the second great war
Now you should never have to watch
As your only children lowered in the ground
I mean you should never have to bury your own babies

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Ring around the rosy
Pocket full of posy
Ashes to ashes
We all fall down

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Little Mikey Carson 67 to 75
He rode his
Bike like the devil until the day he died
When he grows up he wants to be Mr. Vertigo on the flying trapeze
Oh, 1940 to 1992

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain

Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
Feel the rain
I can feel the rain
Gravedigger

Gravedigger


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"Gravedigger" as written by Christopher Lavery David Proctor

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is the best song on the cd, it's deep and wonderful
    Pixdoggon March 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty sure 1940 to 1992 is refering to his first wife Grace who commited suicide.
    Mr. Machineon September 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlistening to the way he sings this song and not so much the literal meaning of the lyrics it sounds like he wants to feel something. There are so many things in this world that cause pain and I think the voice in this song is numbed. He implores Cyrus to allow him to feel something.
    howareyouon January 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't agree with the idea that it's about not wanting to die. Dave Matthews has had so much death in his life that it is a subject that he is completely comfortable with and is suggested and expressed in many more songs than this.
    The different ages and time periods of the individuals expresses a sort of succeptability to death in us all which is something Dave has experienced, with the death of his father, his sister and so on. This succeptability is even suggested in the rhyme "Ring Around the Rosey" about the plague and how the plague did not strike just these specific types of people, but that it had no mercy - just like death but we tend to live our lives believing that death is not something we concern ourselves with until we are much older or we have had such experiences as Dave.
    I also believe, like slowkut, that Dave is also expressing his own spiritual belief of the afterlife. That mortal death is not the ultimate end, and you live on spiritually in the literal sense and in the figurative sense, you're memories allow a sort of immortality: "...so Cyrus Jones lived forever".
    Sweet4Sertainon February 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definately one of Dave Matthews best of all. He's better when he's with the band though. I love this song. The lyrics really speak to me. What do the rest of you guys think?
    _Immortal_on January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does the line "1940 to 1992" mean? To whom does it apply?
    iandkinzelon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe it refers to Mr. Vertigo.
    luapmiton March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the acknowledgment of mortality. Why does Dave ask the grave digger to make his grave shallow and allow him to feel the rain? When he's dead, he won't be able to feel the rain!
    iandkinzelon March 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti personally believe that he is trying to say, though we may day a physical death, our spirits do not, and we can still feel. That a mortal death is not the ultimate end.
    slowkut14on April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti personally think that this song id about not wanting to die and wanting to hold on to some part of living once you dao, i think thats what the line "when you dig my grave could you make it shallow so that i can feel the rain" is about not wnating to truly die.. hopes that made sense but thats just how i see it
    a345jklon August 31, 2005   Link

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