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Got Nothin’ to Live For, But Don’t Wanna Die

The interesting thing about this song was that at the time it came to me, I had no thoughts, feelings, identification, circumstances, reason, or remembrance of the past to inspire the words; I just woke up and wrote them – no music, just words, if I recall correctly. I just laid the words aside, thinking no more of them until 2016, almost 6 years later.

The words were a puzzle to me; I didn’t know what to think of or do with them. They didn’t express at all how I felt when I received them or when I returned to them years later – those days were long gone. But after I just happened to listen to a song or two by the late Amy Winehouse (not my usual custom by far), who impressed me with her unabashedness, freedom from self-consciousness or effort to sing creatively, I considered those words given me and put them to music. The spirit of the music seemed to be inspired by Amy, a troubled lady who was also crying for help but wasn’t blessed to find it in this life. I wished I could have helped her.

I then suddenly realized the song expressed exactly how I had felt in 1972 before I was converted. The song was a prequel to the time of newfound joy and freedom in Jesus Christ. Wow! I was thrilled at the realization.

But for what purpose the song? I knew the song expressed how many, if not all, feel just before they meet the Lord. They’re searching, troubled, lost, confounded, disoriented, not knowing up from down, sorrowful, without direction or purpose. It’s a painful time – there you are, desperately crying for answers, for help, and nobody hears, understands or cares – nobody.

I’m reminded of the words, “You gotta walk that lonesome valley; you gotta walk it by yourself; nobody here can walk it for you; you gotta walk it by yourself.” Woody Guthrie’s Lonesome Valley.

Thank God, He answered and delivered me out of the pit of destruction and made me His. He’s Faithful and True!

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Got Nothin' to Live For, But Don't Wanna Die

VERSE 1

C7                                   F7              C7
I wake up in the mornin’ … I heave a sigh,

F7            C7            F7                  C7
I gotta go workin’ … but I’d rather die,

F7                   C7           F7                 C7   F7
Got nothin’ to live for … and that’s no lie,

F7             C7          F7                     C7    F7
Somebody help me, please hear my cry!

CHORUS:

G                            F            G                       F
Oh, God, won’t You help me, please hear my cry,

G                     F           G                          F     C7   F7   C7   F7
I got nothin’ to live for, but I don’t wanna die!

VERSE 2

C7                              F7                   C7
I’m on the road now… far away from home;

F7             C7       F7           C7
Nobody to talk to… I’m all alone;

F7                            C7      F7                    C7
There’s nothin’ here for me… I can call my own,

F7             C7          F7                         C7       F7
Somebody help me! Don’t you hear my groan?

CHORUS:

G                            F            G                       F
Oh, God, won’t You help me, please hear my cry,

G                     F           G                          F     C7   F7   C7   F7
I got nothin’ to live for, but I don’t wanna die!

VERSE 3 

C7                                   F7                   C7   F7
They tell me that one day, in the by and by,

F7            C7      F7             C7   F7
If I’m not ready, I’m gonna fry;

F7           C7            F7          C7          F7
I’ll fry forever, and ever and ever and ever.

F7                   C7               F7                   C7   F7
Oh, God, will You help me? I don’t wanna die!

CHORUS:

G                            F            G                       F
Oh, God, won’t You help me, please hear my cry,

G                     F           G                          F     C7   F7   C7   F7
I got nothin’ to live for, but I don’t wanna die!

VERSE 4

C7                                         F7                   C7   F7
They tell me there’s a God … lookin’ out for me,

F7                C7          F7                        C7   F7
They say He loves me … wants me to be free,

F7                C7          F7                           C7    F7
He wants to take me; doesn’t want me to die,

F7                 C7       F7                  C7      F7
God, are You there? Tell me if You care!

CHORUS:

G                            F            G                       F
Oh, God, won’t You help me, please hear my cry,

G                     F           G                          F     C7   F7   C7   F7  C7  F7  C7.
I got nothin’ to live for, but I don’t wanna die!

 

 

Moon River, AB; November 30, 2010 (4:30 AM)

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