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Better Dead Than Lead

This song is by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and appears on the album Shake the Sheets (2004).

I had a golden ring
And I kept it with golden things
In the bank of a million dreams
That was bursting at all the seams

I had a golden ring
It was such an important thing
That I kept it beneath my bed
And I carried it in my head

I had a golden dream
And the way it came down to me
Was through captains of alchemy
Who came up through a steely sea

And I dreamt through the rainy night
And I managed to sleep alright
And my body became so light
That I managed to give it flight

'Cause I know gold is just a trick of light
And lead is light as a feather
So leave me where the kids are alright
And we will all go down together

I had a golden dream
And they took it away from me
And they pulled it out of my head
And they showed me that it was lead

But I know gold is just a trick of light
And lead is light as a feather
So leave me where the kids are alright
And we will all go down together

And that's the way
It's gonna be

And there's water in wine
And there's nickel in dimes
And they knew all the time

But gold is just a trick of light
And lead is light as a feather
So leave me where the kids are alright
And we will all go down together

Gold is just a trick of light
And lead is light as a feather
So leave me where the kids are alright
And we will all go down together

And that's the way
It's gonna be
That's the way
It's gonna be

Written by:

Ted Leo