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Straight To Hell (Great Big Sea) video
#203 YouTube video by JohnnyFray785
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Love me now while we're alive,
It's the best thing we can do;
We'll have no time upon cloud nine,
So, heaven on earth will have to do.
I can sing like a bird and dance like a demon,
And I do it all so well,
'Cause I made a deal with the devil,
And when I die, I'm going straight to hell.

Standing at the crossroads,
He offered wine, women, and song;
Riches, fame, and fortune
In my hands from that day on.
I was granted there and then,
A life of rock and roll;
And it seemed like such a bargain,
For just one eternal soul.
I know I'll curse this damned decision,
And I'll regret it till the moment I fall;
But I'll be making the most of a bad situation,
Until my number's called.

Love me now while we're alive,
It's the best thing we can do;
We'll have no time upon cloud nine,
Heaven on earth will have to do.
I can sing like a bird and dance like a demon,
And I do it all so well,
'Cause I made a deal with the devil,
And when I die, I'm going straight to hell.
Oh yeah, I'm going straight to hell.

There's times, I swear, I've come out on top,
In this ill-conceived contract;
And there's nights I say it's a small price to pay,
For the life and times I've had.
And I say, here's to the gents and ladies,
And all the foolish times we spent;
They cost me afterlife in paradise,
And they were worth every single cent.
So have a dance with the walking damned,
Before my time is done;
'Cause a deal is a deal and I don't expect
Fire and brimstone will be much fun.

Love me now while we're alive,
It's the best thing we can do;
We'll have no time upon cloud nine,
Heaven on earth will have to do.
I can sing like a bird and dance like a demon,
And I do it all so well,
'Cause I made a deal with the devil,
And when I die, I'm going straight to hell.
Oh yeah, I'm going straight to hell...

[I said, straight to hell... Go to hell...]

I have every expectation,
That my final prayer will go unheard;
And my veiled death-bed confession,
Will not move the mighty Lord.
And I'm sure that I'll be sorry,
When he slams St. Peter's gate;
But I'll dive right into damnation,
With a smile across my face.

If you love me now while we're alive,
It's the best thing we can do;
We'll have no time upon cloud nine,
Heaven on earth will have to do.
I can sing like a bird and dance like a demon,
And I do it all so well,
'Cause I made a deal with the devil,
And when I die, I'm going straight to hell.
I made a deal with the devil,
And when I die, I'm going straight to hell.
Oh yeah, I'm going straight to hell.
Oh yeah, I'm going straight to hell.

####.... Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea ....####
Recorded by Great Big Sea of St John's, NL (Fortune's Favour, trk#14, 2008, Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, Ontario).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

Liner notes: If Great Big Sea had a soul, its name would be Alan. Unfortunately, a degree in religious studies has evidently done little to prevent him from dealing with the devil. I think he wrote this after reading The God Delusion or some similar theory. Either way, wherever he goes, I'll be right there behind him.

The video above features an excellent cover performance by Johnny Fray from Woburn, Massachusetts.



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