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Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

Psychedelic Rock Music

The song was written by Norman Greenbaum and released on his debut 1969 album titled Spirit in the Sky and as a single. By 1970, the song was an international charting success and earned an RIAA gold record. It rose to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It went to #1 in Canada, Australia, The U.K., Ireland, and Germany. It was #2 in Belgium and Norway and #4 in Austria, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Greenbaum had been with the psychedelic jug band Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band (e.g., “The Eggplant that Ate Chicago). After they disbanded, he contracted with producer Erik Jacobsen, who had worked with The Lovin’ Spoonful. Lead guitarist Russell DaShiell helped to devise the spacey fuzzy sounds and the beep beep fills. Also on the track were Doug Killmer (bass) and Norman Mayell (drums). The result was a sort of gospel and psychedelic rock.

Here are the lyrics to “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum:

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best

Prepare yourself you know it’s a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus
So you know that when you die
He’s gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
Gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
That’s where you’re gonna go when you die
When you die and they lay you to rest
You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best

Never been a sinner I never sinned
I got a friend in Jesus
So you know that when I die
He’s gonna set me up with
The spirit in the sky
Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best
Go to the place that’s the best

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