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A Conversation with Death

from The Best of Bill Metts by Bill Metts



A Conversation with Death-by William Metts © 2016
It was a hot summer day on a long dusty road,
I was on the way to see my daddy.
He’s lived all alone on Purgatory Road
since the day that my momma passed away.
Something seems amiss. Can’t tell what it is
but the chill in the hot summer air don’t seem right
So I turn around to see what the trouble might be
and I find myself staring Death right in the eye.

Her eyes burned like fire, voice was like a cool mountain stream.
The air smelled of sweet fertile ground.
I fell down on my knees…gave out a primal scream
‘cause I know that’s where my body’s bound
There was no place to hide. Why me! Why Now I cried
I want to say “I love you” to my children one time more.
Let me do one more good deed or just plant a seed
'fore you leave me all alone at that door

She said I know that you think that I am evil.
And you don’t understand the things I do
But of this have no doubt it’s not me you need worry about.
it’s Time and it's Fate coming to get you. Then she said,
"Don’t you worry son your time here is not yet done
Can’t say more than that but this I will confide"
Then that woman death leaned in close I could feel her breath
She said, "Fear is your enemy. Let Love be your guide.
Let Love be your guide"

Then she touched me. It was not cold like I thought it would be.
but filled me with a peace of mind that I couldn't believe.
Closed my eyes took in the feeling. My whole world took to reeling.
When I opened my eyes it was a cool summers eve.
My mind was all hazy. Thought I was going crazy.
Ran to my daddy’s house filled with an unexplainable joy
There he was, standing at the door, He said "Boy what you so late for?"
I cried on Daddy’s shoulder like a little boy.

(Short Instrumental Break)

Don’t know how or why. Lord knows I don’t know when
I will find myself naked and alone at that door.
But this I can say since my talk with Death that day
I’m not afraid any more. I’m not afraid any more.
I’m not afraid any more.
With love as my guide, Good Lord at my side,
I am not afraid anymore.


from The Best of Bill Metts, released November 1, 2019
With Moriah Metts as "Death"


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Bill Metts Cape Coral, Florida

I have been playing guitar and singing for nearly fifty years now. I Started with American Folk and Blues tunes and finger- style guitar. Had a run in with a Classic Rock band for 6 years or so and I sure was glad when that ended. I spent 15 years playing in nursing homes doing standards from the 30’s and 40’s. Now I mostly write. You will see a bit of all the above in my songs. I hope you like. ... more

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