Norman Greenbaum wrote one of the great songs in the Rock God ouevre.

A psychedelic embrace of life, death, Jesus, heaven, a fuzzy jangling anthem that wah-wahs straight for your heart and beckons all who hear to answer its call.

“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”

Amen, Preacher Greenbaum!

“When I die and they lay me to rest
I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best”

Electric distortion, amplified riffs, rock and roll reverb, folk song sensibilities with new revivalist lyrics laid overtop. It was Mr. Greenbaum’s only hit but it is a hit for the ages. Gather round, clap along and let that spirit take you away.


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