Forest Lawn    (1969)

Let the drum and bugle corps play Taps while cannons roar
Sixteen liveried employees sell souvenirs from the fun'ral store
I wanna go simply when I go
They'll give me a simple funeral there, I know.
With a casket lined in fleece and fireworks spelling out "Rest in Peace"
Oh, take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

Oh lay me down in Forest Lawn, they understand there
They have a heavenly choir and a military band there
Just put me in their care, I'll find my comfort there
Sixteen planes in a last salute, they'll drop a cross in a parachute
I wanna go simply when I go.
They'll give me a simple funeral there, I know,
With a hundred strolling strings and topless dancers with golden wings
Oh take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

Oh, come, come, come, come, come
Come to the church in the wildwood
Kindly leave a contribution in the pail.
Be as simple and as trusting as a child would
And we'll sell you the church in the dale.

To find a simple resting place is my desire
To lay me down with a smiling face comes a little bit higher
My likeness cast in brass will stand in plastic grass
While hidden weights and spring tip its hat to mourners filing past
I wanna go simply when I go.
They'll give me a simple funeral there I know
I'll lie beneath the sands
With piped-in tapes of Billy Graham
O take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me
For a slightly higher fee.

Oh take me when I'm gone to Forest Lawn.

Lyrics by Tom Paxton.
Recorded by Tom Paxton; John Denver.


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