Jeremiah Craig

Jeremiah Craig

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Folk - Rock | Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Total Song Plays: 217   
Member Since: 2011
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Song Description

It's a legend that in English history, when people were buried after death, they were buried with a string tied to their wrist in case they were still alive. If they were still alive then they would move and the string tied to their wrist would ring a bell above ground. Then the gravedigger on the "graveyard shift" would come dig them out.


I busy my spade
I busy my spade
When I hear that bell, now
I busy my spade

I busy my spade
I busy my spade
No one goes to hell, now
When I busy my spade

Go on home, you've done all you can
Ya tied the twine to your sister's hand
And laid out the bell after she got low
I was summoned here to be the guide
And sing her off to the other side
But if anything should happen, you'll be the first to know
If she's laying in the shade of the reaper's gown
I'll busy my spade when I hear the bell sound
No matter how low, how low, how low, how low

I worked in the bone-house when I was a boy
Making room for the new, pushing back the soil
When I found gouges, made from within
Maybe they were a brother, lover, or mother
And it wasn't long til I found another
Put down low when they never should of been
So now at night I sing among the dead
And busy my spade when I have accompaniment
Dig, Sing, Dig, Sing, Dig, Sing, Dig, Sing

Associated Videos

Video - Busy My Spade
Busy My Spade

Busy My Spade is about a gravedigger who makes it his lifes work to save people who have been buried alive. Since people were occasionally buried alive in the 1500s, a string would be tied to a persons wrist before they were buried then the string would be run up through the earth and be attached to a bell next to the gravestone. If and when the bell rang, meaning the person was alive and moving around in their coffin, this man working the "graveyard shift" would come save them by digging them out.

Song Length
Folk - Traditional, Blues - General
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Tranquil, Quiet

Subject Matter
Sorrow, Life

Similar Artists
Tom Waits, Iron and Wine
1900 - 1920

Lyric Credits Jeremiah Mothersell
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