FIXIN TO DIE

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FIXIN TO DIE
“Fixin’ To Die Blues” is a blues song written by legendary Mississippi bluesman Booker
T. Washington White. He is better known as “Bukka” White the name given to him by
record company Vocalion. It is unclear exactly when he wrote the song. It is unique
amongst the Blues “dying” songs” in that its main focus of concern is how death affects
the surviving family, as opposed to the more typical blues opinion that death is the natural
consequence of a life lived hard and to the full.
Feeling funny in my mind, Lord,
I believe I’m fixing to die, fixing to die
Feeling funny in my mind, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die
Well, I don’t mind dying
But I hate to leave my children crying
Well, I look over yonder to that burying ground
Look over yonder to that burying ground
Sure seems lonesome, Lord, when the sun goes down
Feeling funny in my eyes, Lord,
I believe I’m fixing to die, fixing to die
Feeling funny in my eyes, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die
Well, I don’t mind dying but
I hate to leave my children crying
There’s a black smoke rising, Lord
It’s rising up above my head, up above my head
It’s rising up above my head, up above my head
And tell Jesus make up my dying bed.
I’m walking kind of funny, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die, fixing to die
Yes I’m walking kind of funny, Lord
I believe I’m fixing to die
Fixing to die, fixing to die
Well, I don’t mind dying
But I hate to leave my children crying