#8 Spirit in the Sky

 

Norman Greenbaum 1969/70

 

#8 Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

1969 single from Norman Greenbaum who was inspired by a gospel song, although he himself is Jewish, to write a song which refuses to date. It made the Rolling Stone all time (500) list at number #333 and continues to be popular with cover merchants, film tracks, adverts, DJ’s and me. The sound here was produced by manipulating guitars, a strat a tele and a Les Paul no less (well if you’ve got them you might as well play them), in the style of  the time (i.e. flipping pick-ups and bending rather than pre-programming some synth). There is, for once, a full explanation of how the sound was produced in the hated, self referential, overblown, worse than any two British tabloids put together so-called reference web-book, (search under

 

Spirit in the Sky peaked at no. 3 in the Billboard charts

 

the name of the track) although I wouldn’t recommend reading it if you held a knife to my throat. Quite like the track though.

Lyrics

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best

Prepare yourself you know it’s a must

Gotta have a friend in Jesus

So you know that when you die

He’s gonna recommend you

To the spirit in the sky

Gonna recommend you

To the spirit in the sky

That’s where you’re gonna go when you die

When you die and they lay you to rest

You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best

Never been a sinner I never sinned

I got a friend in Jesus

So you know that when I die

He’s gonna set me up with

The spirit in the sky

Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky

That’s where I’m gonna go when I die

When I die and they lay me to rest

I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best

Go to the place that’s the best

 

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