"I'm Not Afraid to Die" as written by Gillian Howard Welch and David Todd Rawlings....
Nobody knows what waits ahead
Beyond the earth and sky
Lie-d Lie-d Lie
I'm not afraid to die

And there the work of my own hand
Be broken by and by
Lie-d Lie-d Lie
I'm not afraid to die

Sometimes it finds me fast asleep
And wakes me where I lie
Lie-d Lie-d Lie
I'm not afraid to die

Forget my sins upon the wind
My hobo soul will rise
Lie-d Lie-d Lie
I'm not afraid to die

Lie-d Lie-d Lie
I'm not afraid to die


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"I'm Not Afraid to Die" as written by Gillian Howard Welch David Todd Rawlings

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    General CommentI love this song ...

    Nobody knows what waits ahead
    Beyond the earth and sky

    sets the frame of this song.

    then the refrain

    Lie-d Lie-d Lie
    I'm not afraid to die

    does she sing 'lie'? Or is it more like a carefree la-di-da?

    And there the work of my own hand
    Be broken by and by

    expands on the first verse in a personal way. Accepting personal insignificance.

    Sometimes it finds me fast asleep
    And wakes me where I lie

    what is this 'it' that finds her fast asleep? And why would it wake her 'where she lies'? Where else could it wake her? Is it 'lie' in the other sense, same question as for the refrain?


    Forget my sins upon the wind
    My hobo soul will rise

    Forgetting, not forgiving. This is not the regular Christian vocabulary. But it is in the same vein. Her sins keep her soul down, her plea is to forget them and her hobo soul will rise.

    It is the refrain that has the key I feel. The four verses shine a light on that from different angles.

    La-di-la I'm not afraid to die

    It is like singing in the dark when you are afraid. It brings you courage.

    Sometimes it finds me fast asleep
    And wakes me where I lie

    [very personal interpretation] Where she lies and when she is fast asleep is where she is woken up. It is the end of lies and of unconciousness. 'I am not afraid to die' is not being afraid to face ones personal lies and delusions and let go of them. So as to free your soul to rise. That is something scary but worth going for.
    zwalkeron June 03, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit's about being at peace with everything
    sdz896542on January 26, 2016   Link

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