D​.​K. Hazledine (The Crop) - If I Lived Forever

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“As far as I can remember this song was written before I was aware of Leah's illness. I was thinking of many things when I wrote it: my friend/mentor James Rouch's death from ALS, which I experienced first hand; My annoyance with the popularity of vampires and zombies in the media; Ted Williams...but mostly it's just a personal statement regarding my belief that life's truth and beauty is largely dependent on the reality of death.

The more I read Leah's amazing Caringbridge journal, the more I realized that "If I lived forever" was for her. I think of her when I hear it and when I perform it. And as the terrible reality of her situation became more evident, as illustrated so bravely and beautifully in her entries, the more I felt that I needed her to hear it. When Rob wrote to say that Leah had enjoyed the song, that it had made her smile, I felt a great sense of relief and gratitude. I hope this song reflects that same mixture of honesty, humor, and love that I will always associate with Leah Rule.”


If I lived forever I would go insane
Why should I live forever?
So don't freeze me, just squeeze me
Hang me from an apple seed

If I lived forever I would go insane
Why should I live forever?
So don't grieve me, just please me
and drown me like a chipmunk (chimp monk) in the sea.


from Rock For The Rules Volume 2, released December 21, 2013
Music and Lyrics by David Hazledine

All instruments, vocals, effects performed by David Hazledine

Recorded by Josh Rouch
Produced by David Hazledine/Terry Rouch
Mixed by Josh Rouch, Derek Trost, David Hazledine



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