when death came calling today,
i heard the gentle grace of his cadences.
i couldn't say no.
i couldn't say no.

when he showed me his new silk scarves
laid out on a shiny black plastic tray,
couldn't say, couldn't say, couldn't say, couldn't say, couldn't say no.
i couldn't say no.

and i'm sorry i couldn't.
do you know how badly i wanted to?
didn't want, didn't want, didn't want, didn't want, didn't want to lose you,
but his smile was dazzling mmmm,
and his eyes were sparkling like moonlight on the water at midnight.
couldn't say, couldn't say, couldn't say, couldn't say, couldn't say, couldn't say no.
i couldn't say no.


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  • +3
    General CommentI think its about saying sorry for commiting suicide.
    xcatson March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt might be because I just heard the poem sung to the tune of the Gilligan's Island theme, but to me this also recalls Dickinson's 'Because I could not stop for death --'
    Eccentricityon October 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think you're right.

    And I absolutely /love/ the image of Death as a salesman...
    Beruthielon July 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are a couple of songs on The Coroner's Gambit album that are about JD's friend Rozz Williams, a singer who hung himself. This is one of those songs.
    cbinghamon January 21, 2018   Link

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