bury me high

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in the event of an untimely death:
divide ashes into vials
give to someone i love
tell them to go to a place that was meaningful to me and spread my ashes in the air.
bury me high.
buy them the plane ticket if there is any money to my name when i die.

lyrics

when i die, bury me high

take my ashes
spread them where i had good luck
take my ashes
spread them where i was brave
do not bury me
i do not want to get stuck
do not bury me
don't you put me in no grave

when i die let me fly
over the mountain down the mountainside
and when you lay me down real slow
lay me down under the undertow
when i'm finally old and grey
take me to places far away
let me go, and for me sing:
"at last you're part of everything."

let a teaspoon go
in the streets of Seattle
where i grew up
had little luck (but i was brave)
let another go
in the state capitol
and all my friends there will feel me in the air

when i die bury me high

take my ashes
spread them where i had great love
take my ashes
spread them where i was made
do not bury me
of flight, i've not had enough
do not bury me
don't you put me in no grave

reunite me
with the earth we all come from
please divide me
so at last i can feel one
carry me to the beaches
of oceans my feet often kissed
take me to the reaches
of the woods that i have missed

fly me on a plane
to France or Greece or Spain
Argentina or Brazil
ain't been yet but surely will
and if i like the Caribbean
let a spoonful mix in with their sand
and if i fall in love in the Netherlands
let another one out into their winds

when i die bury me high

take my ashes
spread them where i had good luck
take my ashes
spread them where i was brave
do not bury me
i do not want to feel stuck
do not bury me
don't you put me in no grave

when i die
bury me high

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from tuck your bones in, released March 28, 2015

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