I'm not feeling alright today
I'm not feeling that great
I'm not catching on fire today
Love has started to fade
I'm not going to smile today
I'm not gonna laugh
You're out living it up today
I've got dues to pay

And the gravedigger puts on the forceps
The stonemason does all the work
The barber can give you a haircut
The carpenter can take you out to lunch

Now I just want to play on my panpipes
I just want to drink me some wine
As soon as you're born you start dyin'
So you might as well have a good time, oh no

Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell
Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell

I don't wanna go to Sunset Strip
I don't wanna feel the emptiness
Old marquees with stupid band names
I don't wanna go to Sunset Strip

I don't wanna go to Sunset Strip
I don't wanna feel the emptiness
Old marquees with stupid band names
I don't wanna go to Sunset Strip

And the gravedigger puts on the forceps
The stonemason does all the work
The barber can give you a haircut
The carpenter can take you out to lunch

Now, but I just want to play on my panpipes
I just want to drink me some wine
As soon as you're born you start dyin'
So you might as well have a good time, oh no

Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell
Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell

Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell
Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell

Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell
Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell

Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell
Sheep go to heaven


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by gordon6003

"Sheep Go to Heaven" as written by John M Mccrea

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    Song MeaningMatthew 25:31-34, 41 (King James Version)
    32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

    33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

    34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

    41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
    unicuberon October 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy sotry was a bit confused...Look at the Article clipping Form ANGLESDIE...Thats the right sotry...I apoligize immensely.
    SSJ3ALUCARDon June 01, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about the exploration of deep sea power supplies and the sex industry in Fuji.

    Or not.
    m1keymike1on September 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIts very simple- This song is about an angel and a demon expressing their views. It starts off with the angel paying his/her dues by praying and helping others. living the good life is hard, and at times love can fade away when you see alot of sick things.
    The devil or demon comes in and says, We are all going to die so lets have some fun. He wants to play on his pan pipes (which old illustrations of the devil shows a half man and half goat playing the panpipes.)
    The angel says I don't want this emptiness of going to sunset strip. Meaning-Why go to bars and waste your life on MINDLESS subject matters? The angel wants to lead the good life and not get burned.
    How I interpret the song? I like to believe it means- Work and have fun. Enjoy life or it will become mindless rubbish and help others out so they to can enjoy life with you.
    marvinoson August 28, 2012   Link
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    General Commentwhoever submitted these lyrics, have them all screwed up
    emoTHUG55on April 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe most important part of the song isn't even in the lyrics! In the end he tells everyone to "Go to hell". He is telling you to be a goat! That is the purpose of the song. Live your life by your own rules, do not be herded around by tainted philosophies and society. He doesn't want to go to Sunset strip and feel the emptiness.. Sunset strip use to be the spot for the hippies, or counter culture. Obviously this guy is all about that movement, and he is disappointed at what the strip turned into. When you go to one of his concerts, a lot of times he uses this song to get the crowd involved. Near the end he will have everyone repeat the chorus "Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell" as he says "Go to hell" in the between the beats. Fairly awesome experience. Telling you to be a goat, that's the purpose of the song!
    triphip2on June 24, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation(Non)conformity would seem to be a strong theme.

    The middle eight 'I don't wanna go to Sunset Strip . . .' may be a dig at the music industry. Sunset Strip clubs had started out in the 60s as a place for up and coming bands to get exposure, but by the 90s with the rise of land values and pop culture in LA the clubs were receiving payment by the big labels to showcase their latest marketable item - 'Old marquees with stupid band names'.

    In an interview with McCrea back then and he described how he loved recording and producing albums but loathed the business of touring. One would imagine he'd have contempt for such 'pay to play' arrangements. Cake value autonomy - they do their own production and have their own label.

    Or it could be that McCrea is simply a vessel through which God has called on us to reject Satan's enticements. If you turn the cover of Prolonging The Magic upside down you can see the Virgin Mary in the pig's backside.
    calzoneson February 02, 2013   Link
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    General Commentim working on getting the right lyrics for this song but i cant get the chorus...if anyone knows it leave it in a comment
    InfectionRXon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthanx for the chorus! im almost done
    InfectionRXon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think i got the lyrics closer than the other one is, probably still not perfect though. sorry!
    GrlnGreenJacketon April 25, 2002   Link

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