BEFORE I TOOK MY REST

[Verse]

I worked as hard as the Apache   

who raised me.  

I burned those smallpox tents and tilled  

the debris.  

I worked as hard as death  

before I took my rest.  

I worked hard   

before I took my rest.  

  

[Verse]

I worked as hard as a thief   

digging a hole to hide his grief.  

I dug a hole to the devil  

and died.  

I worked hard with that leech   

who shows his tail willingly.  

I worked hard  

before I took my rest.  

  

[Bridge]

I slept in a room without windows,  

no one to see my smoke signals.   

No one knew where to find me  

and they were right.  

Whenever I come back again

  to spin the wheel of sin

fallen men on that day

will all be right.

[Verse]

I worked as hard as a priest   

in the rain planting trees.  

Some were for the worms  

but most were for me.  

I worked at that awhile, 

but soon grew tired.  

I worked hard   

before I took my rest.