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Forest Lawn

John Denver

4:4 Key:C

[C] [G7] [C] [Eb] [4]
[G] [5] [7] [7] [5] [4] [5] [C] [4]

Oh, lay me [C]down in Forest Lawn in a silver [G7]casket,
Put golden [G7]flowers over my head in a silver [C]basket.
Let the [F]drum and bugle corps blow [C]taps whil[C/B]e cannons[A] roar,
Let [D]sixteen liv'ried employees pass out [G7]souvenirs from the funeral store.
I [C]want to go[G7] simply, when I[C] go,
And they'll [E]give me a simple fun'ral there, I[Am] know,
With a [F]casket lined in fleece,
And [C]firework[C/B]s spelling out[A] "Rest In Peace."
Oh,[D] take me, when I'm[G7] gone, to Forest [C]Lawn.[G7]

Oh, lay me [C]down in Forest Lawn ? they under[G7]stand there,
And they [G7]have a heavenly choir and a military [C]band there.
Oh, just put me in their care and I'll [C]find my [C/B]comfort t[A]here,
With [D]sixteen planes in a last salute, [G7]dropping a cross in a parachute.
[C]I want to go [G7]simply, when I[C] go,
And[E] they'll give me a simple fun'ral there, I[Am] know,
With a[F] hunderd strolling strings,
And [C]topless[C/B] dancers in [A]golden wings,
Oh,[D] take me, when I'm[G7] gone, to Forest [C]Lawn ...[D]

Oh, [G]come, come, come, come,
Come to the church in the wild[D]wood,
Kindly [D7]leave a contrib[G]ution in the pail.[G7]
Be as [C]simple and as trusting as a [G]child would,
And we'll[D] sell you the church in the[G] dale.

To find a[C] simple resting place is my[G7] desire,
To lay me [G7]down with a smiling face comes a little bit [C]higher.
My[F] likeness, done in brass, will [C]stand i[C/B]n plastic[A] grass,
And [D]weights and hidden springs will tip its h[G7]at to the mourners filing past.
I [C]want to go [G7]simply, when I go,[C]
And they'll [E]give me a simple fun'ral there, I[Am] know.
I'll s[F]leep beneath the sand,
With [C]piped-in [C/B]tapes of [A]Billy Graham.
Oh, [D]take me, when I'm [G7]gone, to Forest [C]Lawn.
Rock of [C]Ages, [F]cleft for [C]me, for a s[G7]lightly higher [C]fee.
Oh, [D]take me, when I'm[G7] gone, to Forest [C]Lawn. [F][C]
A E (optional E7 for flourish)
Amen

Added or amended 3rd October 2020
Reproduced soley for
educational purposes


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