I Dreamed I Was Dead

I Dreamed I Was Dead

Chip Withrow's picture



Liner Notes: 

A little late to the skirmish party, but I was working at 3 pm, and this was indeed written and recorded in about 20 minutes.
I'm so glad "dream" was the theme, because I really did have this dream the other night, and now I get to sing about it.
And, pretty blatantly, I used the tune of the old folk song "John Henry."


I woke up early this morning
so happy to be lying in my bed
so grateful to be alive
cause last night I dreamed I was dead
Last night I dreamed I was dead

I dreamed I was in a kitchen
on the table was some wine and some bread
Didn’t know how I had wound up there
but I had a funny feeling I was dead
Yeah, I had a funny feeling I was dead

Fella came in and sat down with me
and this is what he said:
ain’t no heaven and there ain’t no hell
ain’t no big deal being dead
this is what it’s like when you are dead

I was feeling kinda peaceful
I wasn’t feeling any dread
Fella said, son you run your race
now here we are just being dead
This is it, just being dead

I guess I coulda stayed there
but I’m glad I’m here singing instead
now I ain’t so afraid to die
cause last night I dreamed I was dead
Last night I dreamed I was dead

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


JWHanberry's picture

That's a most detailed memory of a dream. All I remember is the general aura. You do credit to John Henry with this new take. New words to old melodies is a tried and true technique. Good skirmishing.

corinne54's picture

Great work in 20 minutes - and that's some dream!

kahlo2013's picture

Fantastic skirmish! Love the flow to this. And great details about the dream of death.

Scubed's picture

Wonderful skirmishing! Folk is a perfect genre for these great lyrics. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen! Smile

mike skliar's picture

so you dreamed on August 1st, or thereabouts, about being 'gratefully dead'... and as i bet you know, that day was Jerry Garcia's birthday ! Smile hmmm, I wonder if unconsciously, something clicked, or maybe the guy in your dream had a big beard (and a guitar?)

fun and off-handly profound song, as only you can do! Smile

nice work!

Robyn Mackenzie's picture

This is great! The simple folk arrangement works perfectly for these lyrics. I really like the structure of the verses. Really nice take on the skirmish.

coolparadiso's picture

very good. there are only so many progressions we all use them. clever to get from a dream

Fuzzy's picture

I was expecting a murder ballad-type thing, but this happy tune is so much better.
Really great lyrics here.
I can imagine The Dead rockin' this one for sure.
Nicely done.