The Big Sleep ~ Murder By Death

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Murder by Death is an American four-piece rock band from Bloomington, Indiana. Their name is derived from the 1976 Robert Moore film of the same name.

The band plays a range of music including instrumentals, rock and alt-country. They use electric cello to create a southern American, gothic sound with occasional western references.

Many songs use themes such as zombies, whiskey and the Devil which are unified into concept albums. For example, the band’s second album Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them? describes a story in which the Devil wages war against a small village in Mexico.

Murder by Death was formed in 2000 in Bloomington, Indiana, by guitarist Adam Turla, cellist Sarah Balliet, percussionist Alexander Schrodt, keyboardist Vincent Edwards, and bassist Matt Armstrong. One of the group’s first shows was at the Channing-Murray Foundation’s cafe The Red Herring in Urbana, Illinois, with former American Football drummer Steve Lamos’ solo project DMS. In attendance was the head of the TEAM AV record label with which Lamos was working, who approached Turla and his bandmates after the show and offered his assistance in securing additional shows. Around the same time the band met Thursday vocalist, Geoff Rickly, when the two bands played on the same bill at a gig in their hometown of Bloomington. Rickly introduced the band, known at the time as Little Joe Gould, to his friend Alex Saavedra (owner of Eyeball Records), who also took an interest in the band.

The Big Sleep

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At the end of the road he calls everyone home
And the fire will consume us
Striking through to the bone
At the end of the road you will soon hear him call
As the congregations crumble and the chapels will fall

And the taste on your tongue
Well it comes yeah it comes
With the bittersweet pang of remorse and pain
Till the judgment is made
The prosecution’s won
The gavel has won and justice is done

The courtroom clears and I’m left alone on the bench
My wife and children gone along with my defense
The bailiff leads me back to my cell
Like the riverman ferrying me to hell
I can’t blame them, no
To hate me for what I’ve done
I hear them whispering in the hall
You live and die by the gun
All I can do is sit here and pray
I’ll be forgiven on judgment day

Tell my wife in our yard buried underneath the pine
Theres a shoebox full of money of which I never earned a dime
Use it to start over the way things should have been
Live honest, and love again
Tell my wife, tell my kids
I never meant for this to happen

When they flip the switch please do not stay
I couldn’t bear for you to remember me this way

  • Audio from the 2006 album, In Bocca Al Lupo:

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2 thoughts on “The Big Sleep ~ Murder By Death

  1. i wanna ask a question about this song , i believe i have listened a different version of this song by this guys , but it has different ending , faster and harder from this one if you know about can you help me to find it please ?

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