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Oh Death, no Death
Won’t you spare me over for another year?

What is that that I can’t see?
Icy hands got a hold on me.

“I am Death, command your soul
Leave your body and leave it cold.”

“I am Death, and I wish you well,
And I hold them keys to Heaven and Hell.”

“Gonna take the skin right offen your frame
The earth and worms both have their claim.”

Death, oh death, consider my age,
Please don’t take me in this stage.


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 3: Songs of Melancholy and Sorrow, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson and Ken Irwin, Chattaroy, WV, 3/3/76.


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