Who Sang Ground Don’t Want Me? Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter Fever Breaks cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2019-4-26
length: 4:19
Lyrics
Buried mama standing with the knife still in her chest
As per her last instructions at her death
Said you'll never get to heaven, son
So go to hell real slow
Now the ground don't want me, mama
The ground don't want me, no no no

I've stacked the deck, I've held the dead man's hand so many times
Eights and aces wishing for the death I hoped was mine
But cards and guns are all the same
Each man must draw his own
Now the ground don't want me, mama
The ground don't want me, no no no

What is the body when the soul is flown?
Has it only been forgotten?
I want to lay down in a field of bone
But an angel guards the garden

I killed men in blue [?] new life in crystal wells
In every town, the broken-hearted rang their steeple bells
For every man, a box
For every hole, a rose
Now the ground don't want me, mama
The ground don't want me, no no no

What is the body when the soul is flown?
Has it only been forgotten?
I want to lay down in a field of bone
But an angel guards the garden

Then one morning dear, I cannot chance to watch some violets rise
Their lunar blues undoing down the fastest days and nights
And I thought how sweet to sleep
Beneath the flowers such as those
Now the ground don't want me, mama
The ground don't want me, no no no

What is the body when the soul is flown?
Has it only been forgotten?
I want to lay down in a field of bone
But an angel guards the garden

Sometimes I think 'bout mama with the knife still in her chest
Sometimes I think 'bout all those lucky men I sent to rest
And how it's them who are a-sleepin'
And it's me who is the ghost
Now the ground don't want me, mama
The ground don't want me, no no no

What is the body when the soul is flown?
Has it only been forgotten?
I want to lay down in a field of bone
But an angel guards the garden

Tracklist
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Ground Don’t Want Me
  • 2 Old Black Magic
  • 3 On the Water
  • 4 I Still Love You (Now and Then)
  • 5 The Torch Committee
  • 6 Silverblade
  • 7 All Some Kind of Dream
  • 8 Losing Battles
  • 9 A New Man
  • 10 Blazing Highway Home

  • Release information
    label: Pytheas Recordings
    country(area): [Worldwide]
    format: Digital Media
    barcode: 193483319001
    script: Latin