"Brendan's Death Song" as written by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael 'flea' Balzary and Josh Klinghoffer....
If I die before I get it done
Will you decide
Take my words and turn them into sounds
That will survive
Because a long time ago
I knew not to deprive

It's safe out there and now you're everywhere
Just like the sky
And you are love, you are the love supreme
You are the rise
And when you hear this, you know it's your jam
It's your goodbye

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the drummer drums
He's gonna play my song
To carry me along

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the boatman comes
To ferry me away
To where we all belong

We all crossed when we were feeling lost
It's just the time
Kateri cried the day her lover died
She recognized
Because you gave her a life of real love
It's no surprise

The night's are long, but the years are short
When you're alive
Way back when we'll never be again
It was a time
It's gonna catch you so glad I met you
To walk a line

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the drummer drums
He's gonna play my song
To carry me along

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the boatman comes
To ferry me away
To where we all belong

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the drummer drums
He's gonna play my song
To carry me along

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the boatman comes
To ferry me away
To where we all belong

Let me live so when it's time to die
Even the reaper cries
Let me die so when it's time to live
Another sun will rise

I said yeah
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah
I said yeah
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the drummer drums
He's gonna play my song
To carry me along

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
And when the boatman comes
To ferry me away
To where we all belong

Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone
Like I said you know I'm almost dead
You know I'm almost gone


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"Brendan's Death Song" as written by Anthony Kiedis Michael Balzary

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  • +5
    General CommentBrendan Mullins, an early friend of the Chilis', passed away after suffering a stroke soon after the band hired Josh Klinghoffer as the new guitarist. Soon after, they wrote this song as a tribute to him. He supported them in their early days in L.A. before anyone knew who they were.
    meghanfruon March 23, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love this song. It's really nice work, and about Brendan Mullen!

    The line "And (?) and now you're everywhere just like the sky" should be "It's safe our there, and now you're everywhere just like the sky".

    I THINK the line "We all (?) when we were feeling lost its just the times" should be "We all crossed when we were feeling lost it's just the times".

    The last four lines are completely different, I'm not sure what they are.
    NathanHoadon August 27, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMullen was working with Blackie Dammett on the Chili Peppers biography, Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History when he died suddenly after suffering a stroke in 2009 and was unable to complete work on the book though it eventually was finished by Mullen's long-time companion Kateri Butler

    The line where it goes "Could Terry cry the day her lover died? She recognized
    Because he gave her a life of real love, it's no surprise"
    should be Kateri not could terry.
    playbackon August 28, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentEven though this isn't really the style the Chili Peppers do most often, this is one of my favorite songs by them. I DL'ed this song yesterday and I can't stop listening to it!
    I think this song is about not being afraid of death. The person to whom the song refers feels like he's lead a good life and he's ready to go. This is one of those songs that gives me chills every time I listen to it.
    AmericanaFUBARon September 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was told this song was about a guy who ran a place where bands could just play. like random guys that wanted to play and this is where the Chili Peppers first played. and he was really amazing and he died like 2 years ago.

    Either way this song is so phenominal. It makes me really happy and not afraid to die and want to just run at life and do whatever i can. These guys have a real gift. Honest.
    zzoommbbiieeon September 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song, so great to see the chili's still making brilliant music.

    the line "The nights are long but the years are short when you're alive" is just incredible. really emotive song about death and life. hope my death song will be as good, if not equal to this haha
    rossgreatscotton November 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEpic lyrics:

    "The nights are long
    But the years are short
    When you're alive"
    MusicFan555on April 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionHere are the fixed lyrics:

    Well, if I die before I get it done, will you decide?
    I'll take my words and turn them into sounds; he will survive
    Because a long time ago, I knew not to deprive

    It's safe out there and now you're everywhere, just like the sky
    You are love, you are The Love Supreme, you are the rye
    And when you hear this, you know it's your jam
    It's your goodbye

    [Chorus]
    Like I said,
    You know, I'm almost dead
    You know, I'm almost gone
    And when the drummer drums,
    He's gonna play my song to carry me along
    Like I said,
    You know, I'm almost dead
    You know, I'm almost gone
    And when the boatman comes to ferry me away
    To where we all belong

    We all crossed when we were feeling lost
    It's just a time
    Could Terry cry the day her lover died? She recognized
    Because he gave her a life of real love, it's no surprise
    The nights are long, but the years are short when you're alive
    Way back when will never be again
    It was a time
    It's gonna catch you
    So glad I met you to walk a line

    [Chorus]

    Come get me
    Hey! Hey!
    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

    [Chorus]

    Let me live so when it's time to die, even the reaper cries
    Let me die so when it's time to leave, another sun will rise

    I said, Yeah!
    I say, Yeah!

    [Chorus]

    Like I said,
    You know I'm almost dead
    You know I'm almost gone
    (3x)
    D7Kon August 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very good song
    RHCPFTWon September 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionLyrics straight from the booklet [with some omitted parts added]:

    If I die before I get it done
    Will you decide
    To take my words and turn them into signs
    That will survive?
    Because a long time ago
    I knew not to deprive
    It's safe out there, and now you're everywhere
    Just like the skies
    You are love, you are the love supreme
    You are the rise
    And when you hear this
    You'll know it's your jam
    It's your goodbye

    [Chorus]
    Like I said
    You know I'm almost dead
    You know I'm almost gone
    And when the drummer drums
    He's going to play my song
    To carry me along
    Like I said
    You know I'm almost dead
    You know I'm almost gone
    And when the boatman comes
    To ferry me away
    To where we all belong

    We all crossed when we were feeling lost
    It's just the tide
    Katari cried the day her lover died
    She recognized
    Because he gave her
    A life of real love
    It's no surprise
    The nights are long
    But the years are short
    When you're alive
    Way back when
    Would never be again
    It was a time
    It's gonna catch you
    So glad I met you
    To walk the line

    [Chorus]

    (Come and get me...)

    (Hey!)
    (Hey!)
    (Yeah!)
    (Yeah!)
    (Yeah!)

    [Chorus]

    Let me live
    So when it's time to die
    Even the reaper cries
    Let me die
    So when it's time to live
    Another son will rise

    I said, yeah
    Yeah, yeah
    Yeah, yeah
    I said, yeah
    Yeah, yeah
    Yeah, yeah

    (I said, yeah) [Chorus x1]
    (Yeah, yeah)
    (Yeah, yeah)
    [x4]

    Like I said
    You know I'm almost dead
    You know I'm almost gone
    [x3]
    d3bateson January 02, 2012   Link

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