Lake Of Fire

Album: Meat Puppets II (1983)
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  • Where do bad folks go when they die?
    They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
    They go to the lake of fire and fry
    Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July

    I knew a lady who lived in Duluth
    She got bit by a dog with a rabid tooth
    She went to her grave a little too soon
    And she flew away howling at the yellow moon

    Where do bad folks go when they die?
    They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
    They go to the lake of fire and fry
    Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July

    Now the people cry and the people moan
    And they look for a dry place to call their home
    And try to find someplace to rest their bones
    While the angels and the devils fight to claim them for their own

    Where do bad folks go when they die?
    They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
    They go to the lake of fire and fry
    Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July Writer/s: Curtis Matthew Kirkwood
    Publisher: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT
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Comments: 27

  • Chris from NottinghamI used to sing along to this song.. I now know hell is real and preach the Gospel.
    God is good. Repent and believe the Gospel!
    We are all sinners in need of a saviour!
    Jesus Is Lord
  • Anthony from Lewistown, PaJoey, from Stoughton, MA said "the radio must be stuck in hell, almost everything on the unplugged album gets played here."

    You're wrong. The Unplugged album is on constant rotation in Nirvana. Dig it?
  • Ashley from Sandy, OrI enjoyed Nirvana's version helluva lot more!
  • Nate from Las Cruces, NmUp on the Sun is a great Meat Puppets CD
  • Dustin from Dover, PaWow a lot of christians getting on and defending their religion. No one is trying to attack christianity here, we are just trying to interpret a song.

    And to Ryan in Wesson, MS. Think about it like this, everyone has the freedom of religion in the united states. Non Christians are not being hypocritical by asking Christians to not try to change their religion. We get hounded about it by so many Christians, to the point it's harassment. I don't talk about my beliefs unless it's invited, or offended. That's the way it should be.


    I think the song is about the struggles of life, how there are good people, bad people, sadness, and dying. General tragedy.
  • Joe from Yo Mama's House, CaI don't think we Christians ever scare people by telling them to go to Hell.
    Don't be so ignorant.
  • N.i. from Baltimore, MdPeople assume the song is sarcastic because they can scarcely believe that a group like the Meat Puppets would do a Christian song. If it were heavy metal, people would probably consider the lyrics Satanic. The song's meaning is actually far from clear, if you approach it with an open mind.
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, Canada"This statement is characteristic of the general hypocrisy of nonChristians."
    Um, no comment. Let your words speak for themselves...
  • Joshua from La Crosse, WiIron Maiden has also been known to refer to Hell as "a lake of fire", specifically in their song "Can I Play With Madness".
  • Max from Austin, TxIf you read in Revalations, it does in fact depict hell as a 'Lake of Fire.' This is a good song, made even better with the Nirvana cover of it. One of my favorite guitar solos, based completely off of the jazz improv scale is this song. Nirvana really did cover songs quite a bit of justice.
  • Dennis from Chicagoland Burrows, IlI agree, Plateau is fantastic
  • Kieran from Essex, Englandthere are 14 songs on unplugged. this is a great song but i like plateau more
  • Ryan from Wesson, MsThe info on this song at the top of the page is wildly inaccurate as far as information that can be gathered from the song itself. No part of this song links it to the Christian ideas of Heaven and Hell. Many religions have concepts of reward and punishment based on character. The song itself does not describe Heaven or Hell as depicted in the Holy Bible. The phrase "The song is about how the Christian church uses the idea of hell to scare people into following their beliefs" at the top of this page is a common misunderstanding. A true Christian church does not use this tactic, nor does a true Christian church believe this tactic will work. This statement is characteristic of the general hypocrisy of nonChristians. I understand a nonChristian does not want to hear preaching, but taking jabs at Christianity to counteract this is more than hypocrisy. Asking a Christian to stop sharing his or her beliefs literally means asking them to stop being a Christian. Thus by asking a Christian to stop trying to change your religion, you're asking them to change their religion. I understand that commercialized Christianity can be ugly and hypocritical, but the offending phrase is an example of a closed mind attempting to stifle Christianity.
  • Tango Fistula from Gila Bend, Azderrrrrr. cris kirkwood loves heroin now.
  • David from Pepperell, MaThere is a re-recording of this hidden at the end of The Meat Puppets "Too High To Die"
  • Erik from Willow Hill, Panirvan's version is awesome. i love it. i've never heard the meat puppet's version though.
  • Matt from Millbrae, Cai just realized this...five of the six songs on the unplugged mention death. the only one that doesn't is plateau.
  • Clay from Bostos, Maif you have the unplugged Cd kurt thanks the meat puppets for letting them cover the song
  • Matt from Millbrae, CaWhen Kurt introducing the Meat Puppets at the Unplugged, he called them "The Brothers Meat". This is a very cool song.
  • Simon from Huddersfield, Englandif you look at the original single, you will see this song was written by s. littleford. its a song about revelations and judgement day. it was never paid for, the mormans hyped this song and kept the money. the law was later changed because of this to stop law suits against performers from the original song writer no longer requiring the song writers name on the published material. because of this song, song writers got no more reward at all, not even recognition as authors, proving the rich churches in america are also dishonest. no one knows now ever, by law, who orginally wrote anything. on an original single 45rmp copy of lake of fire, the last song writers name appeared for the final time. no more artists royalties, just performers rights.
    because of this this is what you dont know, entertainers, ensa tamers, is just this. no rights or royalties for the art its self. other songs are acredited, but not signed to this original author. troy, 0=2U, down in the sewer, wish you were here, starlight from heaven, jammy bombastic, its my life, a kiss from the rose, the flower of love, all my loving, cant get it out of my head, torn, stepping out, another brick in the wall, the model, do it again and haitian divorse, and perhaps old man, could have all come from the same author.
    so after lake of fire, no one got legal credits, but befor, it was the law, the author was named in brackets. this would obviously allow free claiming of songs by the entertainers and all payments whent to the musicians.
    there were a lot more from the man who sold the earth.
    s. littleford, author of the lake of fire, and a lot more. (Lake of fire being the first song written, and a number one across the globe. it outsold all previous singles in four weeks!
    so this song makes history.
    its the first of the last containing the real songwriters name.
    SOLID AIR!
  • Kyle from Sydney, AustraliaCurt Kirkwood wrote the song "Lake of Fire." Cris is his younger brother and the band's bassist. Chris Novoselic formed a band called "Eyes Adrift" with Curt Kirkwood and Bud Gaugh of "Sublime" in 2001 but never played with the Puppets. Curt and Chris Kirkwood actually played guitar for this song and others on MTV Unplugged. Check out www.wohlers.org to here some live Meat Puppets songs.
  • Joe from Stoughton, MaThe radio must suck in hell, almost everything on the unplugged album gets played here.
  • The Jorge from Hell, OtherWow, Madison, what radio stations do you have there, mine would never play Lake of Fire, if I want to hear Lake of Fire I would have to buy the cd, or steal it from my dad's collection(I like the fact that the second choice doesn't include spending money)
  • Jeff from Brooklyn, Ny"Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam" is a Vaselines cover, not a Meat Puppets cover. Kurt Cobain listed the Vaselines as one of his great influences.

    However, the Vaselines song was actually called "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam," without the "don't," even though the lyrics say "Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam."

    I believe that the song was written by the Vaselines, referring to a traditional gospel song of the same name with much different lyrics:

    "A sunbeam, a sunbeam!
    Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
    A sunbeam, a sunbeam!
    I'll be a sunbeam for Him"
  • Madison from Redondo, CaYour thinkin of someone else. Kurt Cobain did cover the Meat Puppets Lake of fire in the 1993 Unplugged in New York.Now the majority of Lake of fire you hear on the radio is Nirvana covering the song.
  • Tony from Buffalo Grove, IlYou're thinking of Cris Kirkwood.
  • Jim from Pittsburgh, PaWasn't Chris Novoselic of Nirvana a member of the Meat Puppets or am I thinking of someone else
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