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Don't Want To Die

from Evocations (album) by The Goths



Don't Want To Die dates from late 1989 and is reminiscent of the Old West genre tale. With a stream of consciousness narrative mode, it pretty much wore its heart on its sleeve. It's a song about someone who makes a mistake and is trying to escape the consequences, yet who’s on what can only be described as a sort of reluctant journey towards an inevitable demise. Don't Want To Die could be seen in different ways, a flashback, or a kind of allegory in the sense that one thing we share in common is life is ultimately a journey towards death.


Going down to the cemetery
I don’t seem to feel too good
There’s a body hanging from a tree
My heart feels like it’s made of wood

(A-ha ha)

And I don’t want to die
Just for telling a lie
No I don’t want to die

There’s a gang close on my tail
I can’t seem to shake them loose
They want to put me in the jail
So I can face the hangman’s noose

(A-no no)

And I don’t want to die
Just for telling a lie
No I don’t want to die

Being persecuted for a simple crime
Shed my tears and paid that price
That’s not enough, I've got to do time
For something which I didn’t think twice about

(No I didn’t think twice)

And I don’t want to die
Just for telling a lie
No I don’t want to die


from Evocations (album), track released June 28, 2019
words by Percy Blakeney
music by Percy Blakeney & Johnny Stowmarries
Don't Want To Die features Percy Blakeney on vocals

recorded, mixed and produced by James North
Recorded at James North Productions in Brisbane
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The Goths Brisbane, Australia

The Goths are a goth duo from Brisbane, formed in 1987, featuring singer-songwriters Johnny Stowmarries (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Percy Blakeney (vocals, bass).
Beginning in the 80s, with solid longstanding nocturnal residencies at The Bohemian, gigs in the 90s included Bertie's & Metropolis, The Sitting Duck, and The Dead Rat. The Goths were also one of the first performing acts at The Zoo.
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