"Dead Man's Will" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
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Give this stone to my brother
'Cause we found it playing in the barnyard many years ago
Give this bone to my father
He'll remember hunting in the hills when I was 10 years old

May my love reach you all
I'd lost it in myself and buried it too long
Now that I come to fall
Please say it's not too late, now that I'm dead and gone

Give this string to my mother
It pulled the baby teeth she keeps inside the drawer
Give this ring to my lover
I was scared and stupid not to ask for her hand long before

May my love reach you all
I'd lost it in myself and buried it too long
Now that I come to fall
Please say it's not too late, now that I'm dead and gone




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"Dead Man's Will" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentThe song title is pretty self-explanatory...This is a dead man's will...he's telling the individual people what to take and why...It's such a beautiful song and just the idea of it's meaning and why he wrote it...He's confessing his love for everyone after his death, because maybe he was too scared and stupid not to when he was alive, as he was to ask for his love's hand in marriage...so good...CKress
    ckresson October 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt made me think of what are the things I will tell before I leave this life.
    bear_hug20on December 03, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionI love this song!! It's very straightforward in its meaning, but all of the real starkness and regret of it come through in the listening. Sam really adds a lot of depth to the song when he plays it. It reminds me of a book I read by William Faulkner called "As I Lay Dying". The book's about a dead women and her trip to the family burial plot and part of the book is actually narrated by the dead women, Addie. It's innovative and strikes the same kind of chord as this song. If you like this song and you like the idea of this song, I'd recommend reading "As I Lay Dying" (scribd.com/doc/14343079/…)
    jankouton May 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always lose it at "give this ring..."

    i was too scared and stupid to make the girl i love my girlfriend for a long time. I won't make that same mistake when it's time for her to be my wife.
    saintchristopheron April 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBeyond the self-explanatory side of this song, I think it also conveys that it is the little things in life that you will most remember about someone; A stone found on a barnyard while playing with your brother, or a bone from when you went hunting with your father, a simple string from when you had a baby tooth pulled out.

    These little, insignificant objects are actually links to the memories of simple times spent with those you love.
    gtchamp7on April 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song title is pretty self-explanatory...This is a dead man's will...he's telling the individual people what to take and why...It's such a beautiful song and just the idea of it's meaning and why he wrote it...He's confessing his love for everyone after his death, because maybe he was too scared and stupid not to when he was alive, as he was to ask for his love's hand in marriage...so good...CKress
    ckresson October 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a sweet, sweet song.
    Kspiceyon March 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me want to hug my father and kiss my wife

    Sappy:Yes
    But this is a really powerful song
    Ether42on May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI fear that I've become the person narrating this song. I'm so bitter and reserved that I don't tell the ones that really matter how much I truly love them. What a shame.
    3wolveshirton July 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commentgreat song
    Agostinaon July 23, 2010   Link

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