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April 20th, 2005
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Open source research request
"When I die, bury me deep, lay two speakers at my feet, put some headphones on my head and rock 'n' roll me when I'm dead."

I am assuming that these are lyrics (or a movie quote). I've found them occasionally cited (anonymously) around the 'Net; they were also the last words of executed killer Douglas Roberts just today in Texas.

I can't find the original source. Anyone ever hear this in their music, or have strong Google-fu?

n.b.: Real updates coming soon. Still alive, just have been taking an unexpected and unannounced Internet sabbatical recently.

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Date:April 21st, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
I found this in someone's Yahoo! profile, which is an admittedly non-authoritative source:
"When I die Lord, bury me deep Place two speakers at my feet Place two headphones on my head And always play the Grateful Dead. - Jerry Garcia"

I saw several references, unattributed, in the Grateful Dead newsgroup, though, so it seems plausible.
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Date:April 21st, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Screw the headphones. Connect the speakers! It's not like the neighbors are going to complain.

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Date:April 22nd, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
Internet Sabbatical? I'm all ears. And scales. And wings. But mostly ears.
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Date:April 22nd, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
Holy cow, there are a metric buttload of variations on the quote, including a healthy smattering of knock-off poems. No originals or attributions, though; looks like Douglas Roberts might've clobbered some other quote.

...Still digging...
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Date:April 22nd, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
From a YaBB for some dude named James LaBrie, I found the quote in its entirety. The commentor said that he'd seen it on a t-shirt some time back.

Also out there is a shorter variation written by somebody's grandmother about 100 years ago.
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Date:April 27th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC)
Hi! Just letting you know that I'm slowly adding people back to my friends list, since I seem to have a better handle on the time management, so I've just refriended you. Still alive is good :-)
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Date:April 29th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
I know the book "When You're Up To Your Ass in Alligators" mentioned several variations and perhaps history of that phrase, but I can't remember what it's deal was, since it's been years since I read it.

(The book is a study of urban folk art and poetry, of the sort that gets xeroxed and hand-copied and passed around endlessly and attributed to anonymous. As such, a lot of its content is quite obscene, which is why I read it many, many times when I was 14.)

The only other thing it reminds me of is the book titled "Bury me standing," which is a rather grim book about Romani culture and interaction with other cultures, and as such is part of a Romani phrase: "bury me standing, I've been on my knees all my life."
Date:May 20th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
I don't know what the original was, or where it came from, but variations on this have floated around the military as a cadence since time began.

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