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There was an old song by the Marshall Tucker Band, I think it was "Fire On The Mountain", where the singer says something in one of the later verses about his widow standing by his grave. Sorry, it's been years since I heard it, I don't remember the exact lyrics.
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There was an old song by the Marshall Tucker Band, I think it was "Fire On The Mountain", where the singer says something in one of the later verses about his widow standing by his grave. Sorry, it's been years since I heard it, I don't remember the exact lyrics.
Good one!
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Now my widow, she weeps by my grave
Tears flow free for her man she couldn't save
Shot down in cold blood by a gun that carried fame
All for a useless and no good worthless claim
https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mars...emountain.html
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Dickie Lee's Patches ends:

I hear a neighbor telling my father
He says a girl name of Patches was found
Floating face down in that dirty old river
That flows by the coal yards in Old Shanty Town

Patches, oh what can I do
I swear I'll always love you
It may not be right
But I'll join you tonight
Patches I'm coming to you
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Thank you so much for starting this thread, and reminding me of the wonderful Who Done It by Harry Nilsson, where the narrator's story finishes with the lines:

"And then he looked me in the eye
And said have mercy on his soul
And I was hanged
By the neck
Until dead"

So I think that qualifies.

Haven't heard it in years.
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Long Black Veil damn, somebody already got that one.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:58 AM
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Weird Al's "Everything You Know is Wrong:"

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It got infected and I died
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Oh, and I Love The Night, Blue Oyster Cult
That feller is undead, sorry.
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Zager and Evans highly anticipated follow up to the massive "In the Year 2525" was "Mr. Turnkey", a charming ditty about a rapist who is narrating his tale to the jailer, only to find out before doing so he has nailed his arm to the wall and is bleeding to death! Someone actually thought this was a good idea, for an A-side of a single, in 1969!

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Old 05-31-2019, 07:01 AM
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I'm guessing there are a lot of songs by The Decemberists that fit, but "The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)" (spoiler alert!) is the only one that comes to mind right now:

"But I pulled you and I called you here,
And I caught you and I brought you here
These hazards of love, never more will trouble us.
And these hazards of love, never more will trouble us."
"Yankee Bayonet" is another one. It's a duet between a pregnant woman and her husband who was killed in the Civil War.
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"Yankee Bayonet" is another one. It's a duet between a pregnant woman and her husband who was killed in the Civil War.
“Eli the Barrow Boy” is also partially narrated by the deceased protagonist.
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An ancient, long unused, neuron in a far back region of my brain just went "ding".
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The narrator isn't dead at the end of the song, he is just about to kill his nemesis. Sometime after the song they will both be whale poop.
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Would "Renegade" by Styx count?

"Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don't have very long."
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Long Black Vail

She walks these hills in a long black veil
She visits my grave when the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me
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In one of the Harry Potter books, the ghost Nearly Headless Nick sings a song* that tells the story of his crime and botched execution. I've not seen all of the movies, I don't know if it was filmed.

* or maybe recited a poem.
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The Highwayman describes several deaths in the first person, presumably all reincarnated versions of the same highwayman.

There's also a lesser-known song by the Charlie Daniels Band called Caballo Diablo, about the narrator's obsession with taming the "half-horse, half-devil." Spoiler alert: It doesn't end well for either of them.
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The end of Marty Robbin's song El Paso always seemed a little odd to me.


I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle,
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.
From out of nowhere, Felina has found me,
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side.
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for,
One little kiss and Felina good-bye.


Are there other songs where a first person narrator describes their own death?
I guess we're counting inevitable death, in which case you missed the on-the nose "They're Hanging Me Tonight" from the same album.

More Nick Cave - half of "Where the Wild Roses Grow"

Half of Magnetic Fields - Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
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Hey, did I miss a mention of "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" or "Indiana Wants Me" in the previous posts? I guess one could argue that we don't know if the narrator is simply seriously wounded....
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Edit: Nevermind, he's waiting to be hung, but not dead yet.

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I guess we're counting inevitable death, in which case you missed the on-the nose "They're Hanging Me Tonight" from the same album.
No, see #43. I'm interested in songs where the narrator is already dead; where it's logically impossible for them to be singing this song. Sorry that wasn't clearer in the OP.
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How about The Highwayman? One of the few country songs about reincarnation. Narrator keeps living and dying and living and dying and living and....

Sung by Willie, Waylon, Kris, and Johnny.
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The Highwayman describes several deaths in the first person, presumably all reincarnated versions of the same highwayman.

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Dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!!!
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Wait....one more dammit because there's four of them.
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Wait Until Tomorrow by Jimi Hendrix:

Do I see a silhouette of somebody pointing something from a tree?
CLICK, BANG
Oh, what a hang
Your daddy just shot poor me
And I hear you say, as I fade away
We don't have to wait until tomorrow
It must not have been right, so forever, goodnight
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I can't really drop a Biggie track without balancing it out with some Tupac so....

I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto (piano version)

Not really along the rules since Tupac talked A LOT about death (and contemplated his own death) in his songs, his work doesn't really flow in a story/narrative structure.
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Zager and Evans highly anticipated follow up to the massive "In the Year 2525" was "Mr. Turnkey", a charming ditty about a rapist who is narrating his tale to the jailer, only to find out before doing so he has nailed his arm to the wall and is bleeding to death! Someone actually thought this was a good idea, for an A-side of a single, in 1969!
It couldn't have been any worse than "In the Year 2525."
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Michael Hurley, Peter Stampfel, and the Unholy Modal Rounders’s “Jealous Daddy’s Death Song” from Have Moicy, 1975.

So now I’m leavin’ this world of sin
One pretty woman and a lotta you men.
I’m telling you boys
Don’t you monkey with my widow when I’m gone...

If any o’ you punks try to misbehave
I’ll haunt your asses to an early grave.
I’m telling you, telling you, telling you boys
Don’t you monkey with my widow when I’m gone.
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Worth hearing in its entirety. Robert Christgau of the Village Voice called Have Moicy the greatest album of the 1970s.

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Maybe The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde by Merle Haggard?

They certainly died.
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The narrator isn't dead at the end of the song, he is just about to kill his nemesis. Sometime after the song they will both be whale poop.
The song ends with quite a long outro. Considering that the singer is in the belly of a whale and resigned to his fate, I don't think it's a stretch to say that he breathes his last before the final chords.
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The Last Leviathan by Rory Block, which is a first person accounting of the extinction of whales.

And, of course, the traditional wake song The Parting Glass. I wanted to include Carrickfergus, but the singer has not quite died at the end.
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Would "Renegade" by Styx count?

"Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don't have very long."
He's an outlaw who has definitely been caught, and is definitely about to be executed.

Not quite dead yet, though....

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Maybe The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde by Merle Haggard?

They certainly died.
But they aren't narrating the song, though.
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‘What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana‘ Merle Haggard.


Has anyone mentioned Long, Black Veil?
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He's an outlaw who has definitely been caught, and is definitely about to be executed.

Not quite dead yet, though....
"I feel happy! I feel happy!"
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Kind of an obscure one, but "Me And You Vs. The World" by Space (this is the second thread in the past week I've brought up a Space song. Very underrated band I'm clearly trying to push!).
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Weird Al's "Everything You Know is Wrong:"

I was just about to mail a letter to my evil twin
When I got a nasty papercut
And, well, to make a long story short
It got infected and I died
Dang, I came here to share this one, so I'll have to go with Al's "Melanie":


You weren't impressed when I tattooed
Your name across my forehead
You wouldn't listen when I promised to be true

I couldn't stand it, so I jumped out
From the sixteenth story window right above you
Now I may be dead but I still love you
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