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The song is about Brendan Mullen, founder of The Masque,
A small punk rock club which was an important part of the early L.A. punk scene.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Brendan's Death Song


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Intro:
D 
C 
Am 
Em 
G

D    
C            
Am     
Em              
G    
If I die before I get it done will you decide?
D       
C                    
Am   
Em   
Take my words  and turn them into signs
           
G    
it will survive,
          
D     
C        
Am  
Em             
G   
Because a long  time ago I   knew not to deprive
     
D        
C                   
Am    
Em   
It's safe out there  and now your every where
               
G  
just like the sky,
    
D       
C                 
Am   
And you are love, you are the lucid
Em                 
G   
dream  you are the ride
             
D     
C                  
Am  
And when you hear  this you know it's your
Em                   
G  
jam   it's your good bye

G                         
C           
Like I said  you know I'm almost dead,
             
Em         
you know I'm almost gone
              
G                      
And when the drummer drums he's gonna
 
C                    
Em      
play my song to carry me along
G                         
C           
Like I said  you know I'm almost dead,
             
Em         
you know I'm almost gone
             
G            
And when the boatman comes
         
C                   
Em        
to ferry me away to where we all belong

D      
C    
We all cross
             
Am      
Em                 
G    
when we were feeling lost it's just the time.
  
D     
C                 
Am    
Em  
Kateri cried  the day her lover died
         
G     
she recognized,
            
D     
C               
Am  
Because you gave  her   a life of real
Em               
G    
love it's no surprise.

G                          
C          
Like I said  you know I'm almost dead,
             
Em         
you know I'm almost gone
              
G           
And when the drummer drums
            
C                     
Em      
he's gonna play my song  to carry me along
G                         
C           
Let me live, so when it's time to die,
         
Em           
even the Reaper cries.
G                         
C           
Let me die   so when it's time to live
        
Em            
another sun will rise.
         
G          
C          
Em  
I said   yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah
         
G          
C          
Em  
I said   yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah
Bridge:
D G D D x4

G                         
C           
Like I said  you know I'm almost dead,
             
Em         
you know I'm almost gone
             
G            
And when the boatman comes
         
C                     
Em        
to ferry me away   to where we all belong
G                         
C           
Like I said  you know I'm almost dead,
             
Em         
you know I'm almost gone
G                         
C           
Like I said  you know I'm almost dead,
             
Em         
you know I'm almost gone

Ending:
D D D G x4
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