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​Oh Death

This song is by David Johansen and The Harry Smiths and appears on the album David Johansen and the Harry Smiths (2000).

What is this that I can't see
With icy hands taking hold on me
I am death and I can't tell
I'll open the door to heaven or hell

Oh death, oh death
Can't you spare me over till another year
Oh death, oh death
Please spare me over till another year

Oh death, someone would pray
"Would you call some other day?"
The childrens pray the preachers preach
Time and mercy is out of your reach

I'll fix your feet so you can't walk
I'll lock your jaw so you can't talk
I'll close your eyes so you can't see
This very hour come, go with me

In death I come to take the soul
Leave the body and leave it cold
To drop the flesh off of the frame
The earth and worms both have a claim

Oh death, oh death
Can't you spare me over till another year
Oh death, oh death
Please spare me over till another year

Mother come to my bed
Place a cold towel upon my head
My head is warm my feet is cold
Death is a movin' upon my soul

Oh death, how you're treatin' me
You close my eyes so I can't see
You hurt my body, you make me cold
You run my life right out of my soul

Oh death, oh death
Can't you spare me over till another year
Oh death, oh death
Please spare me over till another year

Oh death, consider my age
Please don't take me at this stage
My wealth is all at your command
If you'll remove your icy hands

Oh, the young, the rich or poor
They're all alike with me you know
No wealth, no land, no silver, no gold
Nothin' satisfies me but your soul

Oh death, oh death
Can't you spare me over till another year
Oh death, oh death
Please spare me over till another year