"I Don't Want to Die (In the Hospital)" as written by and Conor Oberst....
I don't want to die in the hospital
I don't want to die in the hospital
I don't want to die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

I don't want to hear all these factory sounds
Looking like a girl in a sleeping gown
I don't want to die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

Can you make a sound to distract the nurse
Before I take a ride in the long black hearse
I don't want to die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots back on
Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots back on
I gotta go, go, go
Cause I don't have long

I don't give a damn what the doctors say
I ain't gonna spend another lonesome day
I don't want to die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

And they don't let you smoke and you can't get drunk
All there is to watch are these soap operas
I don't want to die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

Can you get this tube out of my arm
Morphine in my blood like a slow sad song
I don't want to die in the hospital
You gotta take me back outside

Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots back on
Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots on
Help me get my boots back on
I gotta go, go, go
Cause I don't have long

Is there still a world out my windowsill
All there ever was I remember still
I don't want to die in this hospital
You gotta take me back outside

Don't know when it's day or when it's night
All I ever see are fluorescent lights
I don't want to die in this hospital
You gotta take me back outside

They give me all these flowers and these big balloons
But I don't wanna stay in this little room
I don't want to die in this hospital
I don't want to die

Are the stars still in the sky?
Is that fat moon on the rise?
Feel the earth against my feet
As the cold wind calls for me

I don't want to die in this hospital
I don't want to die in this hospital
No I ain't gonna die in this hospital
You gonna take me back outside

Yeah I ain't gonna die in this hospital
No I ain't gonna die in this hospital
No I ain't gonna die in this hospital
You gonna take me back outside


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"I Don't Want to Die (In the Hospital)" as written by Conor Oberst

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  • +1
    General Commenti love the part about the windowsill, making a connection to the arcade fire (a great band)

    i really like this whole song, and thats my favorite part
    modestlybrighteyeson April 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti cant believe noones commented this, this is such a fun song
    jethrothekidon May 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this conor said its about last wishes
    love the line, help me get my boots on
    ParkerEloiseon July 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat was awesome
    tyygeron July 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutely love the way he says
    "Morphine in my blood like a slow sad song"
    HomerunHenryon July 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was just gonna say the same thing about the Morphine line. This whole song is so much fun. And some parts of it remind me of older Bright Eyes songs, he just has so much energy. Similar to the energy in "The Calender Hung Itself" the songs aren't really similar but for some reason the energy I get from this song REALLY reminds me of The Calender Hung Itself.
    sterlingsilver36on July 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. One thing I like is how the lyrics start off I don't "wanna" die in this hospital, then at the end it's I ain't "gonna" die in this hospital. It shows his frustration growing and his resolve getting stronger. And agreed HomerunHenry, the Morphine line is the best part of the song.
    muteoffon July 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhose the backup singer in this song? During the "Help me get my boots on" part?
    King of Some Islandon July 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite on his new CD. I agree with the morphine in the blood line being the best part. Conor has such a sexy voice. This is a lot of fun. :]
    UnderagedxThinkingon July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSome minor corrections:

    I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    No I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    No I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    I don’t wanna hear all those factory sounds
    Looking like the girl in the sleeping gown
    I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    Can you make a sound to distract the nurse
    Before I take a ride in that long black hearse
    I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    Ah help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots back on

    Help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots back on

    I gotta go, go, go
    Cause I don’t have long

    Yeah I don’t give a damn what the doctors say
    I don’t wanna spend another lonesome day
    I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    They don’t let you smoke and you can’t get drunk
    All there is to watch are these soap operas
    I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    Can you get this tube out of my arm
    Morphine in my blood like a slow sad song
    I don’t wanna die in the hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    Ah help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots back on

    Help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots on
    Help me get my boots back on

    I gotta go go go
    Cause I don’t have long

    Is there still a world at my windowsill
    All there ever was I remember still
    I don’t wanna die in this hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    Don’t know when it’s day or when its night
    All I ever see are florescent lights
    I don't wanna die in this hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    They give me all these flowers and these big balloons
    But I’m not gonna stay in this little room
    I don't wanna die in this hospital, I don't wanna die

    Are the stars still in the sky
    Is that fat moon on the rise
    Feel the earth against my feet
    As the cold wind calls for me

    I don't wanna die in this hospital
    No, i don't wanna die in this hospital
    No, i ain't gonna die in this hospital
    You gotta take me back outside

    Yeah, I ain’t gonna die in the hospital
    No I ain’t gonna die in the hospital
    No I ain’t gonna die in the hospital
    You gotta take me back outside
    let uss be freeon August 05, 2008   Link

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