First guy I knew who died, I can't remember his name
The tenth grade grade started, he just never came again
All his friends just sat around and cried for a day or two

You can say what you want about immortal soul,
When that guy died it left a hole
It was my first clue that when they're gone, they're gone

Maybe Jesus beat that rap, we're not sure
Maybe you can live forever if your heart is pure,
Maybe you'll come back some day as a king prawn

Maybe angels come and take you away
To Heaven, or the other way,
But from down here it appears that when they're gone, they're gone

Me and Stevie Gibson used to walk home from school,
He used to have this little "turn around" rule
If you turn around the one way, gotta turn around the other way or it's bad luck

He went out rafting on the river
The river went around and the raft went around,
And his luck got all wound up and he drowned and he was gone

Maybe Jesus beat that rap, we're not sure.
Maybe you can live forever if your heart is pure,
Maybe you'll come back some day as a king prawn.

Maybe angels come and take you away
To Heaven, or the other way,
But from down here it appears that when they're gone, they're gone.

Two days after Deiter died, you could call him on the phone
And he would tell you that he's not home
And it gave you an eerie feeling even though you knew it was just an answering machine

'Cause somewhere deep inside you know
That they don't come back when they go
And he had gone, and when they're gone, they're gone

Maybe Jesus beat that rap, we're not sure.
Maybe you can live forever if your heart is pure,
or maybe you'll come back some day as a bug in the lawn.

Maybe angels come and take you away
To Heaven, or the other way,
But from down here it appears that when they're gone, they're gone.

My mother died in intensive care
We were sittin around singing on folding chairs
When I got the feeling that somebody wasn't there

Well I counted noses but it came out right
The doctors say she died that night
But I felt that hole and I knew that she was gone

Maybe Jesus beat that rap, we're not sure.
Maybe you can live forever if your heart is pure,
or maybe you'll come back some day as a king prawn.

Maybe angels come and take you away
To Heaven, or the other way,
But from down here it appears that when they're gone, they're gone.

I looked up "death" in the dictionary one day
Just to see what the dictionary had to say
It's the complete and irreversible cessation of life functions

Which is not very poetic, but it's precise and clean
And if you analyze it, well what that means is
When they're gone, they're gone

Maybe Jesus beat that rap, we're not sure.
Maybe you can live forever if your heart is pure,
Maybe you'll come back some day as a king prawn.

Maybe angels come and take you away
To Heaven, or the other way,
But from down here it appears that when they're gone, they're gone.


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