There's a little churchyard just along the way
It used to be Lambeth's finest array
Of tombstones, epitaphs, wreaths, flowers all that jazz
Til the war came along and someone dropped a bomb on the lot

And in this little yard, there's a little old man
With a little shovel in his little bitty hand
He seems to spend all his days puffing fags and digging graves
He hates the reverend vicar and he lives all alone in his home

"Ah-choo, excuse me"

Please Mr. Gravedigger, don't feel ashamed
As you dig little holes for the dead and the maimed
Please Mr. Gravedigger, I couldn't care
If you found a golden locket full of some girl's hair
And you put it in your pocket

"God, it's pouring down"

Her mother doesn't know about your sentimental joy
She thinks it's down below with the rest of her toys
And Ma wouldn't understand, so I won't tell
So keep your golden locket all safely hid away in your pocket

Yes, Mr. GD, you see me every day
Standing in the same spot by a certain grave
Mary-Ann was only 10, full of life and oh so gay
And I was the wicked man who took her life away
Very selfish, Oh God

No, Mr. GD, you won't tell
And just to make sure that you keep it to yourself
I've started digging holes myself
And this one here's for you

"Lifted our girl, she apparently doesn't know of it
Hello misses, thought she'd be a little girl
Bloody obscene, catch pneumonia or something in this rain"

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Please Mr. Gravedigger Lyrics as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentIt's from his first, self-titled album, David Bowie. It's more amusing than anything else in my personal opinion, because it's just a recording of David singing all by himself, apparently in a graveyard. If you were ever curious as to what it sounds like when David Bowie sneezes, after hearing this you'll know the most intimate of details.
    Ich Lecke Kofferon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe narrator, wrestling with guilt, makes a snap decision to kill the gravedigger when he catches himself inadvertently confessing to the murder. But does he have something else to confess to? I know this isn't a concept album but is it significant that this is on the same LP-side as "Little Bombardier"? Maybe the narrator is Little Frankie again - in which case those "two gentlemen" were right about him after all - and then some!
    imrazoron July 30, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthmm...the first time I heard this...I was very confused. But, it's still a good song...all hail Bowie!
    zeppelinfreakon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment^Yep! All hail Bowie!

    I've only read the lyrics and now am majorly creeped out by them. What album is this from?
    Child Of Musicon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe inspiration for this perhaps...… [Gravedigger by Dave Matthews Band]
    laurelinwyntreon August 21, 2007   Link

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