"The Big Sleep" as written by and Turla Balliet....
At the end of the road he calls everyone home
And the fire will consume us
Striking through to the bone
At the end of the road you will soon hear him call
As the congregations crumble and the chapels will fall

And the taste on your tongue
Well it comes yeah it comes
With the bittersweet pang of remorse and pain
Till the judgment is made
The prosecution's won
The gavel has won and justice is done

The courtroom clears and I'm left alone on the bench
My wife and children gone along with my defense
The bailiff leads me back to my cell
Like the riverman ferrying me to hell
I can't blame them, no
To hate me for what I've done
I hear them whispering in the hall
You live and die by the gun
All I can do is sit here and pray
I'll be forgiven on judgment day

Tell my wife in our yard buried underneath the pine
There's a shoebox full of money of which I never earned a dime
Use it to start over the way things should have been
Live honest, and love again
Tell my wife, tell my kids
I never meant for this to happen

When they flip the switch please do not stay
I couldn't bear for you to remember me this way



Lyrics submitted by prayingmantis84, edited by Mellow_Harsher, Magnifico

"The Big Sleep" as written by Balliet Armstrong

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    General Commentno comments?
    I am no good with comments though wonderful song.
    one of their best, in which case is many.
    som3wh4td4m4g3don August 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is just freaking amazing, much like the band. it's gotta be about a guy who's luck ran out and since he's been sentenced to death, it's like his final thoughts for his family and stuff....truly haunting stuff, but truly amazing stuff
    otis115on October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the "I never meant for this to happen" then the trumpet solo, followed by only feedback and his final lines. Great song. Otis is dead on.
    crankypantson December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhen you hear this live its bone chillingly amazing
    GREAT live show
    CLARKieston March 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just saw them in concert last night. He said they hadn't done this song on their tour yet, because it was so depressing but someone in the audience had specifically requested it so they did it any way. i loved it. they are an amazing band.
    eat_more_oreoson April 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentamazing. enough said
    jhendrix516on June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLOVE this song.

    My friend and I agree that the trumphet part is his final march to the electric chair and the feedback is the sound of the electric chair starting up.
    konstant1111on July 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"At the end of the road he calls everyone home, and the fire will consume us. . ."
    -This is definatley biblical, talking about judgement day. The whole song is very narrative so it's pretty easy to understand. The only thing I really have to say, or add is I think Adam got the idea for the-
    ". . .in our yard buried underneath the pine, is a shoebox full of money, of which I've never earned a dime." line from the film The Shawshank Redemption, in which the lead character Andy tells his friend to dig up a box from under a tree, in which among other things is money. I don't know, just thinkin'. . .
    BrotherBadSeedon December 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is the song that introduced me to MBD. It was on a compilation album for the "Masters of Horror" soundtrack. They included an alternate (earlier?) version of this song called "End of the Road". I loved it and decided to look them up one day. As luck would have it the were playing about 90 miles from me the very next weekend and I went and saw them. Cool show they played all the songs from Who Will Survive and In Bocca.... straight through!

    The album: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    PeoriaBJJon January 09, 2013   Link

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