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Predicting your own death?

Posted on June 20 2018

"Yeah, I'll be dead 50 years from now, baby, so let's get it on" sorta lines. We're talking about songs that nail specifics, like date, cause and even the tiniest details of their deaths. Were these Famous Musicians Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Death clairvoyant? Or did they just get lucky in guessing their unlucky demises?

 Jimi Hendrix recorded a self-mythologizing song called 'The Ballad of Jimi' that not only elevated the subject of the song (some dude named Jimi) to a sort of heroic status, it also predicted his death.

John Lennon famously retired from the shackles of fame and the music business in 1975, walking away from his myth and legend to take care of his baby son. Five years later, he returned to the studio to lay down a whole bunch of songs that would result in the 'Double Fantasy' album.

Jim Morrison  was out with his friends at the L. A. watering hole Barney’s Beanery in October 1970, mourning the recent death of fellow musician and friend, Janis Joplin. Jimi Hendrix had died just a few weeks before, and the morbid vibe hit the group hard -especially Morrison. “You’re drinking with number three,” his friends remember him saying, in reference to the recent deaths. “That’s right, number three.” On July 3rd 1971 he died under murky circumstances in Paris, becoming the third member of their rock star coterie to die in less than a year.

Jeff Buckley eerily foreshadowed his death in the song “Dream Brother” in which he sang, “That dark angel he is shuffling in/Watching over them with his black feather wings unfurled/Asleep in the sand with the ocean washing over/Dream brother, dream brother, dream, dream.” “Dream asleep in the sand with the ocean washing over.” Buckley and his friends went to the Wolf River Harbor in Memphis on May 29th, 1997 to swim, where Buckley drowned under cloudy circumstances. He was fully dressed when he went in the water, which has caused some fans to speculate whether it was a suicide.

At the time of Mark Twain's predication, the last time Haley's Comet was seen was the year he was born. Because of this, he said that Haley's Comet not passing at the time of his death as well would be the greatest disappointment of his life. The day after the arrival of Haley's Comet in 1910, Twain dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 74.

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