I Want to Die Like-a Lazarus Die
DESCRIPTION: "I want to die like-a Lazarus die, Die like-a Lazarus die, I want to die like-a Lazarus die, like-a Lazarus die, like-a Lazarus die." "Titty Rita die like-a Lazarus die...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison)
KEYWORDS: religious death nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 98, "I Want to Die Like-a Lazarus Die" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: There are two Lazaruses mentioned in the New Testament, and both die in ways which would probably be considered desirable. The first Lazarus, described in Luke 16:9ffff., is merely a character in a parable, but he dies and goes to "Abraham's bosom." The story of the second fills much of John 11, which tells how Jesus brought him back to life. - RBW
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