When I’m Gone

John E Dosher

 

CHORUS:

What’ll they say about me when they put me grave?

Will I be remembered for my songs?

Will anybody be there? Will anybody talk?

What’ll they say about me when I’m gone?

 

Will Mama say I was a good son, helped her shell pecans

Or too much trouble, broke her heart and tried to run

Will Daddy say he was so proud of who I’d become

Or just say nothin’, ashamed of what I’d done

 

Will the ladies say I was handsome, will the men say I was a friend?

Will the children say I was a hero, while the elders say “Amen”?

Will the preacher say I was faithful, understood and lived the way,

We were taught by God when He walked the Earth and spoke about Judgment Day?

 REPEAT CHORUS

Will someone say he was a good man, will someone say he was kind?

A man who kept his promises and left a pocketful of love behind

He never walked on water but he fed a few hungry souls

No candidate for sainthood but he paid back what he stole

 

I hope someone remembers how I tried to make amends

To anyone I ever injured and make up for what I did.

I hope somebody says I was honest and someone says I was fair,

That folks will know I loved God and man, and had no cross to bear.

 

FINAL CHORUS:

What’ll they say about me when they put me in my grave?

Will I be remembered at all?

Will anybody notice, will anybody care?

What’ll they say about me when I’m gone?