8 Artists Who Eerily Predicted Their Own Death
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8 Artists Who Eerily Predicted Their Own Death
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Street Survivors” 1977 LP album cover showed the band being engulfed by flames. The most popular song from the alum, “That Smell”, has the lyrics, “Say you’ll be alright come tomorrow, but tomorrow might not be here for you/The smell of death surrounds you/Angel of darkness upon you.” Three days after the album was released, the band’s plane crashed and killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and others.
Glam rocker Marc Bolan never obtained a drivers license because he was afraid of cars, according to his manager Tony Secunda. Bolan’s friends claimed he also had a life-long fear that he wouldn’t live to see his 30th birthday. These two odd fears came together in a scary way when Marc Bolan died only two weeks before turning 30, in a car crash. To make things even more odd, in his 1972 single “Solid Gold Easy Action”, the lyrics say, “Life is the same and it always will be/Easy as picking foxes from a tree.” The car he died in had a license plate reading “FOX661L” and the car came to rest against a sycamore tree after crashing into a reinforced chain link fence post.
According to VH1, Jim Morrison was out with his friends at L.A.’s Barney’s Beanery in October 1970, mourning the recent deaths of their friends Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, when Morrison predicted his death. He said, “You’re drinking with number three. That’s right, number three.” On July 3, 1971 Morrison died under unclear circumstances in Paris, becoming the third of their friends to die in less than a year.
Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell sang the lyrics, “Tying on the dinosaur tonight/It used to be so cool/Now I’ve got the needle/I can shake but I can’t breathe/Take it away but I want more and more/One day I’m gonna lose the war,” in Sublime song “Pool Shark.” With these lyrics Nowell had predicted his death with alarming clarity. On May 25, 1996 he was found dead by drummer Bud Gaugh from an overdose on heroin.
Before Jimi Hendrix hit it big in the music industry, he recorded the song “The Ballad of Jimi” in 1965. The song seems to explain his own tragic demise. “Many things he would try/For he knew soon he’d die" he sang. "Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone/His memory still lives on/Five years, this he said/He’s not gone, he’s just dead.” Hendrix died five years later on September 18, 1970, of asphyxia, while under the influence of 9 prescribed sleeping pills.
John Lennon spoke about pacifists dying violent deaths, only 3 months before his own death, in an interview with Playboy. "Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are great examples of fantastic non-violents who died violently," John told Playboy's David Sheff. "I can never work that out. We're pacifists, but I'm not sure what it means when you're such a pacifist that you get shot. I can never understand that." John Lennon recorded the song “Borrowed Time” in June of 1980. The lyrics showcased his "here and now" philosophy when he sang, “Living on borrowed time, without a thought for tomorrow.” The song proved prophetic when he died only a few months later on December 8, 1980.
On Richie Rich’s “N-ggas Done Changed,” Tupac Shakur raps, “I been shot and murdered, can tell you how it happened word for word.” This song was released only two months before Tupac was shot multiple times in Las Vegas in 1996. Tupac also predicted his death in a PBS interview. He was asked where he saw himself in ten years and he responded, “Best case, in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery-- sprinkled in ashes smoked up by my homies. I mean, that’s the worst case.” By the end of his life he had begun calling himself Makaveli, inspired by an Italian philosopher who believed in faking one’s own death to “fool their enemies.” Many fans today believe that is exactly what Tupac did.
Jeff Buckley eerily foreshadowed his death in the song “Dream Brother” when 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, dream, dream.” “Dream asleep in the sand with the ocean washing over.” On May 29, 1997, Buckley went swimming in Wolf River Harbor, while wearing his boots and clothing. A roadie in Buckley’s band was on the shore, but when he looked away Buckley disappeared. Buckley drowned and was found floating in the Wolf River on June 4th.
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